Doctor Aphra #13 Review

by Ellie J. on August 26, 2021

Author: Alyssa Wong
Artist: Minkyu Jung
Colors: Victor Olazaba
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Entertainment

This issue is pretty good! That about sums it up, really. If you read my previous reviews of this series, you know I haven't been that big a fan of it, at least not compared to the phenomenal original Doctor Aphra series that ended a couple years back. This issue kinda cemented that opinion, since the best parts of this issue are the parts that draw from the first run, and the worst parts are the parts that are newer. Last issue ended with Aphra finally having a semi-reunion with Darth Vader, the cause of a lot of trauma in her life, and she had a panic attack that I LOVED, it was one of my favorite moments of this run so far.

This issue continues directly off from that, and it winds up working better than the other issues of this wave of WOTBH, mainly because it continues Aphra's own story rather than continuing the primary plot. And not only does it continue the aftermath of that, but it gives us real, solid character development for Aphra and Sana, which is so cool. That's been something missing from the story for ages, so I was very happy with that... I still think Aphra's better with Magna Tolvan, but that's irrelevant to this. 

The part of the issue that I don't really like is everything with Just Lucky, Ariole, and their mentor that betrays them. I just haven't been able to get invested in these new characters or their story, so it just doesn't work for me. Although their subplot does introduce Deathstick, the bounty hunter created for the video game Uprising and recently used in the Bounty Hunters comic, which is cool. Anyway, the issue ends with Aphra and Sana getting captured by Crimson Dawn while trying to steal from them, which is a classic Aphra plot development and is gonna make for a fun next issue. And that's the issue! The art was very good as usual, and the writing on Aphra's part is improving, so I'm starting to like the series more. 

Our Score:

6/10

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