Comic Review: Doctor Aphra Volume 2

So, after the first volume’s issues ended, the Doctor Aphra series did a crossover story with the main Star Wars book.

I haven’t gotten to that yet, but in the meantime, here’s what Marvel is listing as “volume two” with a book subtitled Doctor Aphra and the Enormous Profit.

Doctor Aphra has something very valuable.  It’s an ancient crystal that may have the spirit of a long dead Jedi trapped inside of it, a spirit that can take control of any machine that Aphra hasn’t safeguarded.  Now, what will Aphra do with such a thing?  Sell it to the highest bidder, of course!  She quickly arranges for an auction that has a number of underworld figures, but she also has a pair of dissatisfied psychotic droids in the form of Triple Zero and BeeTee, and it doesn’t take long for them to find a loophole to provide themselves with a route to their own freedom.  It mostly involves releasing and arming the possible Jedi and making a call to one party that would be very interested in the artifact, was not invited, and is the one man in the galaxy Aphra fears more than anyone else.

Though I can’t say for certain, I get the impression this is Aphra creator Kieron Gillen’s last story with the character, one he created for a fun Darth Vader series.  Not only do Triple Zero and BeeTee find a path to their own freedom away from Aphra, but her debts to the viscous Wookiee Black Krrsantan (whose origin also appears in this trade) is paid off.  Aphra may have a clean slate, but this is a character who never really plans ahead and can’t stay out of trouble, so that shouldn’t last.  Eight and a half out of ten Imperial trophy rooms.

tomk74

Defender of the faith, contributing writer, debonair man-about-town.

One thought on “Comic Review: Doctor Aphra Volume 2

  1. The Screaming Citadel crossover is pretty good. And Gillen is back for the next story arc, but he has a co-writer. Maybe he’s reduced his role to plotting…

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