Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 1: Aphra Paperback – July 3, 2017
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- ASIN : 1302906771
- Publisher : Marvel; Reprint edition (July 3, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781302906771
- ISBN-13 : 978-1302906771
- Reading age : 9 years and up
- Grade level : 4 and up
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.38 x 10.38 inches
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#252,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #607 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy Comics
- #1,031 in Science Fiction Graphic Novels (Books)
- #1,084 in Marvel Comics & Graphic Novels
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She's cute as a bug!
But, you sure wouldn't want to have anything she wants. This crazy chick is a true sociopath. She flat out cannot tell right from wrong. And, like a lot of sociopaths, she can charm the light out of a lightsaber.
As I said above, this is a collection of the first six issues of her new series, but it is not the first time that she's been seen. If you read this and want more, then you might want to look at the now completed Darth Vader series.
Moving on, in the future, there are already two more volumes of Doctor Aphra out and coming out. But--BIG NOTE--the book you'll want to read after this book is STAR WARS - THE SCREAMING CITADEL. The story in Vol. 1 of Doctor Aphra leads right into Screaming Citadel. Once you're done with that cross-over book, you can start on Vol. 2 of Doctor Aphra.
Now...if they'd just give us a new, longer Lando Calirssian book, and make it as good as the 4-Issue Lando book, we'd all be smiling so much that our cheeks hurt.
Read this! Doctor Aphra! I think it's one of Marvel's best new Star Wars series, and it's a bit different from the usual Rebels vs. Empire stuff.
This first volume of Doctor Aphra is easily a Five Star book.
Aphra's squad is also featured in this comic. Black Krrsantan, Triple-Zero, and Beetee are all such great, original characters. The murderous droids are hilariously dark. I loved seeing Aphra's backstory and time in school. The Archaeological Association suspending her doctorate being a major plot point in a Star Wars comic is wonderful. Seeing Yavin IV post-A New Hope was also cool.
A Marvel Star Wars original character who is canon queer gets her own ongoing comic! I loved this volume. I hope to see more risks like this. I give this volume a 5/5. I can't wait for The Screaming Citadel and the next volume!
After being blackmailed by her father, Aphra is forced to help him uncover the secrets of a lost Jedi sect purported to be seeking the secrets to immortality. Nobody really knows what happened to them, or if the story is anything other than ancient myth, but if Aphra has any hopes of maintaining the livelihood she’s become accustomed to she’s going to have to find out!
Kieron Gillen puts together a pretty smart script that flows steadily over its six-issue arc, none of which feels padded. Aphra is a fun read, recalling the action and sense of adventure from the Original Trilogy. Gillen achieves this by largely avoiding the usual Star Wars trappings. Although she’s hunted by a squad of Imperial stormtroopers, Gillen wisely removes Aphra from the usual Skywalker/Vader dynamics, giving us a welcome bit of freshness, while also showing that she’s a lead more than capable of carrying her own series. It helps, too, that she’s surrounded by characters that are just as duplicitous as her, meaning you never quite know who to trust or rely on. This is a comic where betrayal is only an art panel away, and there’s plenty of complications to keep the story moving.
Speaking of the art, Kev Walker’s penciling is a bit inconsistent, but when he’s not rushing he does manage a few great illustrations. My one caveat is that, at times, the art work does seem overly cartoonish, particularly when Walker is trying to nail a comedic bit. Aphra’s eyes never quite bolt out of her head on their stalks, but her expressions tend toward a Jim Carrey level of rubberiness as Walker’s style is overly emotive.
Some questionable panels aside, Aphra is a really fun read and a welcome entry to the Star Wars mythos. Gillen has put together a great crew of ne’er-do-wells, and I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of damage Doctor Aphra and her crew can wreak on the history of a galaxy far, far away.
Top reviews from other countries
The set up is pretty straight forward, take one iconic Harrison Ford role (Indianna Jones), give them the altogether more dubious morals of another (Han Solo) and let rip. What follows is as entertaining as that synopsis promises with the sidekicks just as good - darkside alter egos of 3PO and R2 and the sort of wookie that reminds you that they're known for pulling your arms off if they lose.
Intersperse all of that through easily identifiable classic star wars setting with sharp writing and good art and this makes for a brilliant read.
Just as important, the creators had the good sense to keep (almost) all of the familiar names out of frame, freeing themselves up to have some fun and spare themselves having to worry about continuity, cannon and all the other star trek level nerdery that often ruins a good Star Wars book