Star Wars: Doctor Aphra 3: Remastered

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 8/10

Fun characters and situations

Kind of starting to fall into a pattern

Comic Info

Comic Name: Star Wars:  Doctor Aphra (Volume 1)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer:  Kieron Gillen/Si Spurrier

Artist: Emilio Laiso

# of Issues: 6

Release Date: 2018

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (1) #16

Reprints Star Wars:  Doctor Aphra (1) #14-19 (January 2018-June 2018).  000 is the Master now!  Aphra might have escaped her failed attempt at a big sale, but she now finds herself in the servitude of her old (and psychotic) droid.  With 000 sending Aphra all over the galaxy in a mission to reclaim his missing memories, Aphra fights to free herself from 000’s control.  With Tolvan in hot pursuit, Aphra learns that she might have raid an Imperial base…but the Rebel Hera Syndulla could be the key to infiltrating the location.

Written by Kieron Gillen and Si Spurrier, Star Wars:  Doctor Aphra Volume 3:  Remastered is a Marvel Comics Star Wars spin-off series.  Following Doctor Aphra Volume 2:  Doctor Aphra and the Enormous Profit, the collection features art by Emilio Laiso.

When Star Wars reverted back to Marvel, I was pretty excited.  I read a lot of the relaunched titles and enjoyed them.  Doctor Aphra was the breakout character of the new series and one of the more rounded “new characters” that fit in well with the classic Star Wars characters.  With her solo book, Doctor Aphra really starts to get into a pattern…for better or worse.

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (1) #18

The stories in their own way are rather formulaic.  Aphra does something incredibly stupid and spends the rest of the collection working her way out of it.  Just when the reader think she is beaten, Aphra surprises the reader and reveals it was all part of a “big con” that she orchestrated.  Much like classic comic book villains, Aphra generally pays for her crimes in a roundabout way, but you also don’t hate her for being the bad guy.  She’s a loveable villain.

I really enjoy 000 and BT-1 and this volume is rather thin on them.  With 000 making his big power play in the last collection, I had big hopes for a 000 heavy story.  While 000 is the shaper of the whole collection, he is generally in the background.  I don’t think the character could carry a series, but I do enjoy him as a solid back-up supporting character.

Star Wars:  Doctor Aphra continues to be fun even if you can kind of predict where each story is going to end up.  With the evolving role of Tolvan, you get a bit of a cat and mouse version of The Fugitive with Aphra always on the run.  The collection also has a fun tie in to Star Wars Rebels with the appearance of Hera Syndulla who hopefully will start to appear in more Star Wars stories along with her fellow Rebels.  Star Wars:  Doctor Aphra 3:  Remastered is followed by Star Wars:  Doctor Aphra 4:  The Catastrophe Con.

Related Links:

Star Wars:  Doctor Aphra 1:  Aphra

Star Wars:  Doctor Aphra 2:  Doctor Aphra and the Enormous Profit

Star Wars:  Doctor Aphra 4:  The Catastrophe Con

Star Wars:  Doctor Aphra 5:  Worst Among Equals

Star Wars:  Doctor Aphra 6:  Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon

Star Wars:  Screaming Citadel

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