Doctor Aphra #37 Review

by NumidianPrime on October 03, 2019

Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Caspar Wijngaard
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel

This week marks the beginning of the end for the Doctor Aphra series. In the first issue of the final arc, Aphra finds herself back in the service of Darth Vader once more. She is forced to work for him in finding the hidden rebel base while he searches for a way to undermine the good will she has in the Empire and destroy her once and for all. 

I really loved this issue, I thought it was a strong start to the series' final arc. I mostly enjoyed the previous arc but I did think it got a bit repetitive in places. I thought this was pretty solid, it felt like it pushed the series forward in an exciting way. Vader has been an inevitable force catching up to Aphra since he tried to kill her at the end of his own series and we're finally getting to see that pay off. Their dynamic is both comical in some ways and scary in others, I'm invested in seeing what comes next for them both.

One of my concerns with the previous few arcs has how spread out and slow paced they got, which made the arcs feel like they dragged more than they should have. Because this arc is only four issues long and it ends in a couple of months, I don't think that will be a problem here. I was a bit curious if the series would address some open threads before it ended and this issue brought one of them back into play so I'm excited to see where that goes. I'm also excited for the plot to go some places that the solicitations have set up. 

Even if I don't enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed some of the series' previous art, Caspar Wijngaard's art is solid. I'm very, very glad to see that he's the sole artist on this entire arc because the last arc changing artists got a little distracting at times. 

I've been enjoying this series every arc since it started, even more since Spurrier took over the series, and I'm going to be sad to see it end. It's funny because initially I thought this was a good place for the series to wrap up, but the more I think about it the more I remember different characters and plots that I'm sad we won't get more of. I hope we get to see the character and get stories with her for years to come, maybe set in other time periods. No matter what, I'm very excited to see where this arc goes. 

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