Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Doctor Aphra #14

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Doctor Aphra #14

This review of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #14 contains minor spoilers.

After the enormity of the previous story arc, issue 14 begins the cycle anew with Si Spurrier joining Kieron Gillen on the monthly title as co-writer.

If the first chapter of “Remastered” is any indication, it’s going to be a hell of a ride.

This issue is the first since Aphra’s debut where we see her truly grapple with her past decisions and how they color her future outlook.

It’s a story that sees the return of familiar faces and potential partners in the persona of Imperial now-Lt. Magna Tolva, as well as something that’s been seen only fleetingly in prior adventures: a conscience. Add to that the realization that Aphra’s seemingly thoughtless actions have had consequences on those she’s interacted with — see Tolva — and it’s a remarkable piece of character study.

In fact, it’s amazing. Aphra has fast become a fan-favorite and now we, as readers, are getting to learn more about her in ways that were never hinted at before. It’s refreshing and this new examination should position her, and us, for some superb storytelling going forward.

The issue is a solidly designed episode and Emilio Laiso’s art is superbly complemented by the chromatic wizardry of colorist Rachelle Rosenberg.

Add in VC’s Joe Caramagna’s letters and the cover by Ashley M. Witter and it’s nothing short of a perfect debut for a new story arc for a series that is in decidedly no danger of growing stale.

Doctor Aphra #14 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, listen to Comics With Kenobi #37 in December.)

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1 Comment

  1. Jedha John
    November 21, 2017 at 20:02 Reply

    Really enjoyed this first issue of the new arc, And Ashley Witter’s covers are GORGEOUS. Loved the way Tolvan’s character is getting a lot of depth and the fact that Thanoth (from the Darth Vader series) was her mentor. I think Tolvan was so candid and dropped her guard with Aphra because Tolvan thought Aphra was going to kill her to cover her tracks. And Aphra is lonely and depressed and looking for a friend. It certainly appears that these two may team up in some way. And that last page…so foreboding. Can’t wait for the next issue.

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