This review of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #16 contains minor spoilers.
Doctor Aphra delivers a kiss that kills. She’s also growing more conflicted about her moral ambiguity and regard for those she loves, wants to love and everyone else she’s wronged in pursuit of fortune and glory, too.
Which is why the latest issue of Marvel’s comics-created character is firing on every cylinder, real or imagined: It’s blending of action, intrigue, adventure, romance and looming menace is everything a Star Wars comic should be, and then some.
Adding Si Spurrier to the writer’s table to work in tandem with long-time scribe Kieron Gillen was a masterstroke and it shows. The series, while never dull, has turned up the intensity since Spurrier came aboard.
Even more, artist Emilio Laiso is providing illustrations that match the pacing of the storytelling, with plenty of action and kinetic energy enveloping each page. His work is complemented by the detailed and vibrant colors from Rachelle Rosenberg.
Her ability to mix and blend such bold and muted tones really augments the enjoyment of reading this issue. The letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna crackle with the emphasis where needed, advancing the story’s flow.
And what a story it is. But let’s get down right to it: That kiss. It is a kiss that kills. It’s a kiss that was needed and it’s a kiss that, hopefully, won’t be a one and done.
Doctor Aphra is easily the most adventurous of Marvel’s ongoing monthlies. It captures the heart and spirit of not just Star Wars, but adventure, too.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #16 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.
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