Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Doctor Aphra #13

This review of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #13 contains minor spoilers.

There’s something oddly satisfying about a good ending.

Doctor Aphra #13 is all of those: Odd, satisfying and good.

So it should be, given the final episode in the five-part arc “The Enormous Profit.”

The book ends on a high note for Dr. Chelli Aphra, a decidedly low point for Yonak, a vengeful mark for Black Krrsantan, a vastly superior arrangement for Triple 0 and BT-1 and an ominous one for Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Darth Vader #6

This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #6 contains minor spoilers.

Pity poor Darth Vader, still a victim to the poor choices he made and pupil to a mentor who’d just as soon kill him as maliciously smile at him.

On second thought, spare no pity for poor Darth Vader.

He’s in a purgatory of his own volition, a hell in a machine shell that his lack of foresight and inability to keep emotion at bay has wrought.

Such is the predicament that writer Charles Soule, penciller Giuseppe Camuncoli, inker Cam Smith, colorist David Curiel and letter VC’s Joe Caramagna have placed the Jedi formerly known as Anakin in and there’s no hope he’ll ever get out of it.

Which is good, just even, given the concluding chapter of “The Chosen One” has Darth Vader triumphant and then subservient despite having completed his task of acquiring the weapon of a Sith.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Captain Phasma #3

This review of Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Captain Phasma #3 contains minor spoilers.

If ever there was any doubt as to Captain Phasma’s lack of self doubt, let the penultimate issue of this mini series stand as the crucible of her iron will.

Captain Phasma is brutal, conniving and utterly devoid of sentimentality and the lengths to which she’ll go to ensure her dominance and success truly knows no end.

Such is the path this phantom of Parnassos treads and it’s clear of conscience, remorse or regret.

Writer Kelly Thompson is adding more and more to the legend that is Phasma, building on what we already learned from Delilah S. Dawson’s portrait in the Phasma novel. While readers of that book will find a reference or two to Phasma’s past in the comic, it’s not needed.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #37

This review of Star Wars #37 contains minor spoilers.

Jason Aaron could have ended his tenure writing Marvel’s flagship Star Wars series with a burst of frenetic energy and action signifying nothing more than immediate gratification.

Instead, he concluded his adventuresome run with a big bang of swirling violence, darkly driven characters and above all, new beginnings.

There’s no doubting Aaron’s prowess as a story teller. It’s on display in this final outing — only temporary, we hope — both in in the main story and the stellar backup that brings readers another tale from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Tatooine daries.

Despite the orgy of violence in the first story, it’s ultimately a tale of hope and redemption, leaping off the pages starting with the cover by Mike Mayhew.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Mace Windu #2

This review of Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic — Mace Windu #2 contains minor spoilers.

The mystery of the Jedi Order has always been its self-styled mission of policing the Galaxy and keeping order among the Republic.

It’s almost Sith-like, this devotion and dedication Jedi have, and has always been a sticking point for me amid the reverie and adulation of Jedi.

In the pages of Mace Windu #2, that hubris is brought to bear as Mace battles mano-a-mano with AD-W4 on Hissrich.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Poe Dameron #19

This review of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #19 contains minor spoilers.

Marvel’s Poe Dameron monthly is flying just as high and nimble as its namesake pilot.

From Charle Soule’s storytelling, Angel Unzueta’s art, Arif Prianto’s colors, VC’s Joe Caramagna’s letters, Phil Noto’s covers and the steady hands of editors Heather Antos and Jordan D. White, this book is firing on all cylinders, offering up compelling characters, deeply riveting plots and excitement akin to watching a Star Wars film in the cinema.

The concluding arc of “War Stories” is no exception.

This issue provides a deftly satisfying conclusion to the exploration of Suralinda Javos and Oddy Muva, as well as laying down hints about Terex’s future, within and without the First Order.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Captain Phasma #2

This review of Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Captain Phasma #2 contains minor spoilers.

The first rule of the First Order? Don’t mess with Captain Phasma.

The second rule? See the first rule.

Such is the rubric in this second issue of a four-issue mini by Kelly Thompson that is drawn by Marco Checchetto, colored by Andres Mossa, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles and edited by Heather Antos and Jordan D. White. (The main cover is by Paul Renaud.)

Phasma is hunting down, not tracking, First Order Lt. Sol Rivas who may, or may not, be aware that Phasma lowered the shields of Starkiller Base, resulting in its ultimate demise.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars Annual #3

This review of Star Wars Annual #3 contains minor spoilers.

You can learn a lot about a person when they’re under pressure, under the gun and overwhelmed.

Thanks to the tight storytelling of writer Jason LaTour and artist Michael Walsh, our understanding of the unique dynamic between Han Solo and Princess Leia is on solid ground, even if the earth beneath them is constantly quaking.

Their 33-page story in Star Wars Annual #3 is a fast-paced journey, drawing inspiration from the Indiana Jones franchise, while upholding the standard for brisk Star Wars action and adventure.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Doctor Aphra #12

This review of Doctor Aphra #12 contains minor spoilers.

It’s no secret Dr. Chelli Aphra has a keen mind, sharp reflexes and a perniciously clever way of thwarting imminent demise with absolutely no concern for anyone who may, or may not, be in the way.

Or does she?

There are some truly puzzling motives to parse in the latest issue of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra and not all of them involve self-centered greed and malice toward all.

In fact, writer Kieron Gillen has added more depth to Aphra throughout the penultimate chapter of “The Enormous Profit” storyline in the monthly series.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #36

This review of Star Wars #36 contains minor spoilers.

There’s a certain dynamic between R2-D2 and C-3PO that we may never truly understand and that’s fine because some mysteries ought to be just that, always.

Yet, in the pages of Star Wars #36, we get a glimmer of that relationship, but in a way that doesn’t overpower the duo’s individual strengths.

This issue brings to a conclusion, nearly a year later, the events of writer Jason Aaron’s “Last Flight of the Harbinger” story arc that ended in Star Wars #25 with C-3PO captured by the Empire.

While Goldenrod isn’t forgotten — he’s just not a high priority — it’s R2-D2 who takes the lead in a one-droid effort to not just free his log-standing partner, but perhaps strike a mortal blow to Darth Vader, too.

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