Comic Review: Doctor Aphra (2020) #12

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Published: July 14, 2021
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Alyssa Wong
Penciler: Minkyu Jung
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Colourist: Racehlle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Sara Pichelli & Nolan Woodard

The Synopsis:

“PARTY TRICKS” A MYSTERIOUS INVITATION leads DOCTOR APHRA and SANA STARROS to an exclusive party… teeming with scum and villainy! Will Aphra and Sana be able to survive the underworld social event of the century? Or will their cover be blown by A FAMILIAR FACE with an agenda of their own?

The review;

Last issue saw the return (and ejection) of Durge, creating an atmosphere (or lack of from Durge’s point of view) akin to Alien. This week is the last issue before War of the Bounty Hunters issue 2, which probably means Aphra is going to end up causing some trouble! The crossover event is really keeping a lot in the air, with surprises at every corner. I’m sure issue 2 will be no different. So, let’s see what Wong and Jung have in store for us this week…

Wong seems to give us two types of issues with Aphra: The fast, action-paced issue that doesn’t let up or the slow build up that is setting up all the pieces ready for such an explosive issue. This definitely falls into the latter. This is not to say it is boring by any stretch, the tension in this issue is incredibly high. It is obvious that this is the comic to get everything ready for the second issue of War of the Bounty Hunters, that factions are being introduced, people are ready in place for whatever comes next and, well, all hell is going to break loose. We get to see Jabba, the Unbroken Clan and Black Sun, all ready to take part in the auction. Black Sun in particular I was glad to see, as this crossover event replaces the Legends book Shadows of the Empire. Part of me was slightly disappointed that Prince Xizor couldn’t find his way into these pages, but you never know what the future may hold. We also get introduced to a mysterious figure who needs Aphra’s help and with Wong always full of surprises, I’m not sure if the identity of this figure is the obvious one or something that will be completely unexpected. Again, this is Wong getting all the pieces ready for the next part of the crossover event.

But this series is Doctor Aphra and so it is Aphra we are here to see. With all these pieces needing to be set up, it would be easy for Wong to forget about the problematic Doctor. Yet Wong uses this to her advantage. All these players we are introduced to through Aphra, which provides readers with a real sense as to who this character is. With the way Aphra can be, so carefree, it’s easy to forget that she is very very intelligent. Throughout the comic again and again, Aphra shows just how much she knows. She knows all the factions, their leaders and the events surrounding each. This is someone who plays the game and knows each and everyone of the players. This is the side of Aphra that we don’t see too much of, the political side, who has used and abused each and every power to her own gains. Whether meaning to or not, Wong gives the impression that Aphra is very much a master of the room, knowing these characters so well. I can’t help but think this is purposefully done as we move into the next phase of the crossover event.

The artwork in this issue really goes up a notch. Jung outdoes himself creating the visuals for Aphra’s emotions. From a character that doesn’t like to open up much, Jung really creates the sense of fear and dread that Aphra experiences several times throughout the comic. The first shot of Aphra remembering Vader flows so beautifully. Jung seems to be in his element in this issue.

The story of Lucky and Ariole continues. It’s one that doesn’t really have me engaged at the moment as they have been taking so much of a back seat. Part of me likes that we only see them for a few pages each issue, as it never feels like it detracts from the overall story. However, Wong wouldn’t place their story here if it wasn’t going to feed back into Aphra and this is what has me most intrigued. At some point these characters are going to cross paths, so what does Wong have in store?

Not to give anything away (but Wong does like explosive endings) I won’t say too much. But the ending, the pay off of a slower issue is fully realised by the end. The artwork, the colour and the story all work perfectly together to provide an ending that makes you want more in an instant. If you follow Aphra but not War of the Bounty Hunters, I can’t imagine what other persuasion you would need but this issue!

This issue is one that is setting everything up for a lot of mayhem in the next set of comics for the crossover event. It shows us that Aphra knows all, that she is a master at these events and knows how to handle herself and others. Yet she is not beyond everyone’s reach and that there are some that even she would run away from in a second. It is a slower issue but by the end, one that reminds you just how quickly the pace can pick up again. Where will Aphra pick up from? Where will War of the Bounty Hunters number two lead us? There are a lot of questions and I’m sure Wong will answer them…. eventually.


Doctor Aphra (2020) is an ongoing series available from Marvel. This issue is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.

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