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: Darth Vader #5

This review of Darth Vader #5 contains minor spoilers.

Now we know the truth about Mustafar.

The rocky and molten planet is far more than we ever thought it was and could be.

It’s name forever enshrined with not just Anakin Skywalker’s first mission for Darth Sidious, but as the fulcrum that destroyed who Anakin was and turned him, completely, into Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith.

You’ll be reading a lot of hyperbole about this issue — written by Charles Soule, penciled by Giuseppe Camucoli, inked by Cam Smith, colored by David Curiel, lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna and edited by Heather Antos and Jordan D. White.

It’s true, all of it, to paraphrase Han Solo in The Force Awakens.

Darth Vader #5 may well go down in Star Wars lore as the most pivotal tale of how Vader forever cast off any trappings of whatever good lay buried deep within him. Read more

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Reviews: Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic — Mace Windu #1

This review of Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic — Mace Windu #1 contains minor spoilers.

The first issue of Mace Windu was a week late.

It could have used a week more to tighten up some of the minor annoyances in the debut of Marvel’s latest five-issue mini series.

Still, that’s not to say the comic — and the four issues to come — isn’t worth your money or time spent reading it.

Written by Matt Owens, with pencils by industry veteran Denys Cowan and inks by Roberto Poggi, colors by GURU-eFX, letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna and edited by Heather Antos, Charles Beacham and Jordan D. White, the series is stylistically different than any previous Star Wars comics outing.

That’s good and bad.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Reviews: Doctor Aphra Annual #1

This review of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #1 contains minor spoilers.

Comics annuals have often been a hit-or-miss proposition, used as either a way to get readers to pay for a 13th comic or to stuff with unused story concepts that didn’t fit elsewhere.

That’s not the case with Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #1. Not in the least.

Instead, what writer Kieron Gillen, artists Marc Laming and Will Sliney, colorist Jordan Boyd and letterer Joe Caramagna, under the editorial guidance of Heather Antos and Jordan D. White, have delivered is a solidly entertaining and informative tale that builds upon the current story arc. (The covers, it should be noted, are by David Nakayama and Phil Noto.)

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars: Poe Dameron 18

This review of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #18 contains minor spoilers.

Writer Charles Soule has never shyed away from incorporating contemporary events into his comics tales. It’s why Poe Dameron #18 has a particular resonance about the importance of information as rallying point and commodity.

The latest issue of Marvel’s third Star Wars monthly series is jarring, illuminating and, above all, mindful, given the precarious nature of a galaxy that’s caught in a standoff by the Resistance and an ever-growing and seemingly morality free First Order.

Written by Soule, illustrated Angel Unzueta, colored by Arif Prianto, lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna, the second part of the “War Stories” arc finds Black Squadron divided in duties, with Jess, Kare and Suralinda attempting to expose the ruthlessness of a First Order detachment on a world rich with thorilide deposits.

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