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The rogue archaeologist returns - with a new crew and a new mission! With the Rebel Alliance on the run after their defeat at the Battle of Hoth, it's never been a more dangerous time for outlaws and scoundrels. But after a string of bad luck and near escapes, Doctor Aphra is back on the job - hunting the score of a lifetime that's too good to pass up. To find the cursed R The rogue archaeologist returns - with a new crew and a new mission! With the Rebel Alliance on the run after their defeat at the Battle of Hoth, it's never been a more dangerous time for outlaws and scoundrels. But after a string of bad luck and near escapes, Doctor Aphra is back on the job - hunting the score of a lifetime that's too good to pass up. To find the cursed Rings of Vaale, Aphra will need a crew of treasure hunters the likes of which the galaxy has never seen before! But Ronen Tagge, heir to the powerful Tagge family, also has his eyes on the prize. Do Aphra and her team stand a chance at fortune and glory? Or could there be a traitor in their midst? COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA (2020) 1-5


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The rogue archaeologist returns - with a new crew and a new mission! With the Rebel Alliance on the run after their defeat at the Battle of Hoth, it's never been a more dangerous time for outlaws and scoundrels. But after a string of bad luck and near escapes, Doctor Aphra is back on the job - hunting the score of a lifetime that's too good to pass up. To find the cursed R The rogue archaeologist returns - with a new crew and a new mission! With the Rebel Alliance on the run after their defeat at the Battle of Hoth, it's never been a more dangerous time for outlaws and scoundrels. But after a string of bad luck and near escapes, Doctor Aphra is back on the job - hunting the score of a lifetime that's too good to pass up. To find the cursed Rings of Vaale, Aphra will need a crew of treasure hunters the likes of which the galaxy has never seen before! But Ronen Tagge, heir to the powerful Tagge family, also has his eyes on the prize. Do Aphra and her team stand a chance at fortune and glory? Or could there be a traitor in their midst? COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA (2020) 1-5

30 review for Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    The first “Doctor Aphra” series was a consistently inconsistent jumble, one that fluctuated regularly between narrative conceits that were “cool” and “so-out-there-you-wonder-how-they-made-it-past-the-editor’s-desk”-level confounding. The end result was a storytelling experience that was rarely boring, but also never entirely satisfying, particularly when taken as a whole. So the fact that this new, rebooted series – written by Alyssa Wong, with art by Marika Cresta – starts off with an arc that The first “Doctor Aphra” series was a consistently inconsistent jumble, one that fluctuated regularly between narrative conceits that were “cool” and “so-out-there-you-wonder-how-they-made-it-past-the-editor’s-desk”-level confounding. The end result was a storytelling experience that was rarely boring, but also never entirely satisfying, particularly when taken as a whole. So the fact that this new, rebooted series – written by Alyssa Wong, with art by Marika Cresta – starts off with an arc that could probably be best described as “safe” is actually somewhat heartening, as well as something that probably bodes well for the future – it would seem that Marvel learned the right lessons from the character’s previous volume and is taking steps to ensure that this new go-around doesn’t step into any of the same narrative sink-holes. Granted, there’s nothing here that’s going to blow anyone away, either on a lore or a thrills-level – this is pretty standard “Star Wars” storytelling - but as a way of refreshing a popular character for new readers, “Fortune and Fate” is probably as good a relaunch as one could have hoped for.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Most star wars fans get to experience the wars part of the world but I’m equally interested in the cultures and worlds within the universe. Doctor Aphra shows us a completely different side of Star Wars and I’m here for it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lenny

    Doctor Aphra is unquestionably one of the best original characters to come out of Star Wars comics, but her solo series was a roller coaster that barely managed any consistency. Wong, Cresta and Rosenberg's debut volume on Doctor Aphra is a perfect jumping-on point for new Aphra fans, and also a return to the best of Aphra as a character, and a distillation of her best stories. Aphra returns to her roots as a double crossing archaeologist - this time, the "Rings of Vaale" which will provide the w Doctor Aphra is unquestionably one of the best original characters to come out of Star Wars comics, but her solo series was a roller coaster that barely managed any consistency. Wong, Cresta and Rosenberg's debut volume on Doctor Aphra is a perfect jumping-on point for new Aphra fans, and also a return to the best of Aphra as a character, and a distillation of her best stories. Aphra returns to her roots as a double crossing archaeologist - this time, the "Rings of Vaale" which will provide the wearer with infinite power and wealth - with a quirky, equally double crossing crew, and a perfectly creepy abandoned city. Wong gets Aphra. She gets her quippy one liners, what blocks her from intimacy and honest relationships, and how to authentically integrate her queerness without making it decorative. On that note, while it seems like every other woman is Aphra's ex, Wong handles their relationship with more tact and nuance than Spurrier or Gillen ever did. The pacing is excellent and Wong also introduces memorable secondary characters, not an easy feat. The villain looks like 90's regret but a new spin on spoiled rich boy - collecting rare antiques and vaporizing them, so he is the last to hold them. Marika Cresta and Rachelle Rosenberg's art fires on all cylinders. The pencils are soft but kinetic, and aren't too hyper realistic (something I find off putting in Star Wars books). Aphra is drawn beautifully and her chemistry with Okka is believable, and Rosenberg's colors evoke a classic Star Wars story. Some folks are complaining that this book "doesn't tread new ground," but it's not supposed to. It's a volume one - and frankly, it's the volume one Dr. Aphra deserved- because it shows us exactly who Aphra is. And I'm here for it, as long as we see Triple Zero in the next arc.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Doctor Aphra Vol. 1 Fortune and Fate collects issues 1-6 of the series written by Alyssa Wong and art by Marika Cresta. Set during the events of The Empire Strikes Back, Doctor Aphra is back and on the hunt for the mythical Rings of Vaale. Also in search of the rings is Ronen Tagge, a rich treasure hunter who takes pleasure in restoring one of a kind pieces of art. This new volume of Doctor Aphra takes the character back to her roots as an archeologist and treasure hunter and Aphra has a new cre Doctor Aphra Vol. 1 Fortune and Fate collects issues 1-6 of the series written by Alyssa Wong and art by Marika Cresta. Set during the events of The Empire Strikes Back, Doctor Aphra is back and on the hunt for the mythical Rings of Vaale. Also in search of the rings is Ronen Tagge, a rich treasure hunter who takes pleasure in restoring one of a kind pieces of art. This new volume of Doctor Aphra takes the character back to her roots as an archeologist and treasure hunter and Aphra has a new crew she is working with. I absolutely love this character and what she brings to the Star Wars universe. It is so different than anything else provided and opens up a lot of the mystical corners of the universe. This is a book that all Star Wars fans should be reading!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Not as good as the first run. The main antagonist is fairly unbelievable, particualtly when it comes to his destructive tendencies, and arguments about 'academic credit' tip more to the interests of an overeducated writing crew than actual fans. Not as good as the first run. The main antagonist is fairly unbelievable, particualtly when it comes to his destructive tendencies, and arguments about 'academic credit' tip more to the interests of an overeducated writing crew than actual fans.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    At this point, Doctor Aphra remains the best thing to come out of the Marvel Star Wars comics since they restarted. Not to say that the rest is bad, but Doctor Aphra as a character and as a series has been the most consistently impressive. Which is a preface to say that this first arc of her new series doesn't quite hit the heights I'd hoped for. It all feels very safe - there's not a massive amount that we've not seen explored already in the previous series under Gillen and Spurrier. Aphra gets At this point, Doctor Aphra remains the best thing to come out of the Marvel Star Wars comics since they restarted. Not to say that the rest is bad, but Doctor Aphra as a character and as a series has been the most consistently impressive. Which is a preface to say that this first arc of her new series doesn't quite hit the heights I'd hoped for. It all feels very safe - there's not a massive amount that we've not seen explored already in the previous series under Gillen and Spurrier. Aphra gets in over her head, there's some double crossing, she winds up infuriating someone far more powerful than her, and she annoys one of her ex-girlfriends along the way. And while Aphra's previous adventures were very similar, they couldn't be called formulaic since they were always pushing the boundaries either in terms of the locales she visited (the haunted Jedi space station, the jail that was falling apart), or in the ethical problems that they posed (Do I betray my girlfriend? How can I fall in love with an Empire soldier? What did I do to deserve this evil droid trying to murder me?). What this series does is all of that, but it makes it feel kind of wrote. None of the new characters are particularly compelling, including the villain of the piece (although he has an interesting MO for an archaeological foil I suppose), and Aphra herself spends most of her time troubleshooting rather than doing anything remotely Aphra-like. The artwork also feels kind of flat. Marika Cresta's work is fine in terms of style and perspective, but there's no real depth to it. Doctor Aphra's never had the cream of the crop Marvel artists on it, but they've always brought something interesting to the table, which isn't the case here. Maybe it's the colours washing it out, I'm not sure, but it's just not entirely right. If you've never read a Doctor Aphra book before, then I expect you'll enjoy this quite a lot. But if you have read the previous series, then you won't get anything you haven't seen before (and done better) elsewhere.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cody Shelton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first “fresh start” for Dr. Aphra since she was introduced in the Vader series does an excellent job at capturing the spirit of the character, albeit with a bit of a safe setup for the larger narrative that is planned. While this is a new run for the series, I wouldn’t recommend this without reading what came before. The book reads with the assumption that you know Aphra’s character arc from prior books, so it’s less a fresh start and more a new plot direction. I will say that she seem fairl The first “fresh start” for Dr. Aphra since she was introduced in the Vader series does an excellent job at capturing the spirit of the character, albeit with a bit of a safe setup for the larger narrative that is planned. While this is a new run for the series, I wouldn’t recommend this without reading what came before. The book reads with the assumption that you know Aphra’s character arc from prior books, so it’s less a fresh start and more a new plot direction. I will say that she seem fairly lightly used in the book, giving the new characters more time on page to get readers attached. The Dr. Aphra series continues to be some of the best Star Wars content that has been put out under Disney’s ownership.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Saimi Korhonen

    ”It’s fine. I’m used to people being mad at me. At this point, it’s a lifestyle.” Doctor Aphra is back! This comic kicks off sometime after the first Aphra comic and Empire Strikes Back, and follows Aphra on a mission to find the mysterious Rings of Vaale, accompanied by a new crew consisting of a shady guy called Just Lucky, her former lover Eustacia, her old pal Krrsantan and an eager grad student, Detta. But they are not the only ones after the rings: Ronen Tagge, of the rich and powerful Ta ”It’s fine. I’m used to people being mad at me. At this point, it’s a lifestyle.” Doctor Aphra is back! This comic kicks off sometime after the first Aphra comic and Empire Strikes Back, and follows Aphra on a mission to find the mysterious Rings of Vaale, accompanied by a new crew consisting of a shady guy called Just Lucky, her former lover Eustacia, her old pal Krrsantan and an eager grad student, Detta. But they are not the only ones after the rings: Ronen Tagge, of the rich and powerful Tagge family, is after them as well, and he has a whole lot of grudges against Aphra. I read the previous Aphra comic earlier this year and fell in love with the character of Chelli Aphra, so I was thrilled to read about a new adventure of hers. She continues to be an absolute delight to read about, and it was cool seeing how she is navigating her life now in this new time period and seeing her interact with all new characters. But though I'm liking this new reboot and how everything is new and exciting, I was naturally very emotional whenever Aphra mentioned Tolvan or Vulaada, cause man do I still love all those relationships as well! But yes, I really enjoyed the new characters, especially Eustacia, Detta and Just Lucky - I think they all had cool moments and I'm eager to get to know more about them in future stories. The only character that didn't really impress me was Ronen Tagge. He was just a bit boring. I liked the mystery of the Rings of Vaale, and it was cool getting to see Aphra on a good old fashioned treasure hunt, searching for ancient relics, dodging booby traps and all that good stuff. The city of Vaale was also just a delightfully creepy and weird setting. I love getting to see these weird corners of the Star Wars universe, and Aphra is the best character through which to explore them. I also have to mention that I really appreciated how many non-white characters were introduced in this first arc alone, and how many of the significant side characters were women. And as a future historian, it was so much fun to have all the main ladies be cool historians and archeologists.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ozro Davis

    It took a while for me to come around to Aphra as a character. I've always thought it's cool that a brand new character has had her own comic for a few years now, but I never really understood why it's this character. Her solo run has been a lot more interesting than her time as Darth Vader's pseudo-sidekick, but it took until the past couple of volumes to really click with me. She's Star Wars meets Indiana Jones, and that's a lot of fun. Alyssa Wong has a strong start to her stint with the chara It took a while for me to come around to Aphra as a character. I've always thought it's cool that a brand new character has had her own comic for a few years now, but I never really understood why it's this character. Her solo run has been a lot more interesting than her time as Darth Vader's pseudo-sidekick, but it took until the past couple of volumes to really click with me. She's Star Wars meets Indiana Jones, and that's a lot of fun. Alyssa Wong has a strong start to her stint with the character, as does artist Marika Cresta. The story is a well-paced adventure heist, with all the twists and backstabbing you'd expect. There's not a ton of character work here, but each character has their role to play in the story and they all fit well. Sometimes it's nice to get away from the main characters and settings of Star Wars, and it looks like this new era of Doctor Aphra is doing just that, and doing it well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Hamilton

    Wong picks up where Gillen and Spurrier left off with nary a missed beat. Chelli Aphra is back and still at her best. Black Krrsantan is still along for the ride and the tedious murder droids have been dropped (they had started to wear very thin). The introduction of yet another betrayed ex-girlfriend means that Magna Tolvan’s absence is barely noticed, although I hope she makes a reappearance something along the line. The other new characters are all equally engaging and suitably duplicitous, a Wong picks up where Gillen and Spurrier left off with nary a missed beat. Chelli Aphra is back and still at her best. Black Krrsantan is still along for the ride and the tedious murder droids have been dropped (they had started to wear very thin). The introduction of yet another betrayed ex-girlfriend means that Magna Tolvan’s absence is barely noticed, although I hope she makes a reappearance something along the line. The other new characters are all equally engaging and suitably duplicitous, and the story was consistently entertaining, ending with a satisfying promise of more drama for our beloved anti-heroine in the future.

  11. 4 out of 5

    C

    Waffling between two and three stars on this one. I mean, it isn't bad. The only real complaint I have is that the villain seems way too over the top for Star Wars (though I am sure that could be argued based on other villains.). Mostly, though, everything is just okay. The plot is serviceable if a bit predictable. Character growth is minimal. Action/plot are simultaneously rushed and slow. (?) I like the character and I feel like Wong "gets" her (and I feel that her dialogue is particularly well-w Waffling between two and three stars on this one. I mean, it isn't bad. The only real complaint I have is that the villain seems way too over the top for Star Wars (though I am sure that could be argued based on other villains.). Mostly, though, everything is just okay. The plot is serviceable if a bit predictable. Character growth is minimal. Action/plot are simultaneously rushed and slow. (?) I like the character and I feel like Wong "gets" her (and I feel that her dialogue is particularly well-written which is a huge plus in comics...) so I hope that she gets more of a chance to tell these stories - I just hope that I become more invested as she does.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ahdom

    Off to a pretty good start with this era of Aphra. COVID made the pacing of this story come at a stretch. So far, this story hasn't blown me away, but certainly holds potential to evolve into something interesting. I really like the ensemble approach in this one and I think that Wong has done well on centering it back on the Star Wars archeological adventures. I look forward to seeing where volume 2 goes. Off to a pretty good start with this era of Aphra. COVID made the pacing of this story come at a stretch. So far, this story hasn't blown me away, but certainly holds potential to evolve into something interesting. I really like the ensemble approach in this one and I think that Wong has done well on centering it back on the Star Wars archeological adventures. I look forward to seeing where volume 2 goes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nickyy West

    The bomb!!! Introduced and Darth Vader, book becomes easily best creation in the whole epic galaxy of Star Wars she is working with said Lord Vader then Jason face her that in order to survive, where this book is after her betrayal of Darth Vader she is on the line and no doubt she is one of the coolest criminals of the whole Star Wars creation, it isEasily the best combo in Star Wars graphic novel series

  14. 5 out of 5

    Greg Kerestan

    It's so good to have you back, Dr. Chelli Aphra. The new Star Wars canon's most divisive breakout character returns in a fairly conventional Indiana Jones-style adventure. Nothing as weird, twisted or sexy as the first run of "Doctor Aphra," but the world-building here and seamless integration of a whole new set of characters is top-notch. The city of living bone is one of the best and weirdest locales in Star Wars history, and I won't forget it anytime soon. It's so good to have you back, Dr. Chelli Aphra. The new Star Wars canon's most divisive breakout character returns in a fairly conventional Indiana Jones-style adventure. Nothing as weird, twisted or sexy as the first run of "Doctor Aphra," but the world-building here and seamless integration of a whole new set of characters is top-notch. The city of living bone is one of the best and weirdest locales in Star Wars history, and I won't forget it anytime soon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel King

    The Aphra series has gone steadily worse, in my opinion. Now it's basically rehashing the same plot, but with different characters. Oh look, yet ANOTHER person she has betrayed in the past. Oh an ex-lover? Who would have ever thought of that? Aphra had SO much potential at first and now she's just bland and boring with no characters doing anything. I'm seriously disappointed in what happened to her series. She deserved better. The Aphra series has gone steadily worse, in my opinion. Now it's basically rehashing the same plot, but with different characters. Oh look, yet ANOTHER person she has betrayed in the past. Oh an ex-lover? Who would have ever thought of that? Aphra had SO much potential at first and now she's just bland and boring with no characters doing anything. I'm seriously disappointed in what happened to her series. She deserved better.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Finally a née Doctor Aphra series. It’s fun adventure, mystery, scary, and full of the patented backstabbing we’ve come to love about her and pretty much anyone around her. She’s seeking ancient power rings. She has a new group of teammates. She doesn’t do team very well. What could go wrong? Lol. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the production seems halted for now. I hope she comes back. I want to know more about Lucky and the see the big fight about to go down.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarospice

    I love Doctor Aphra. I think she's one of the best new characters to come out of the latest MARVEL Star wars universe stories. I also love triple Zero and BT, and Black Krasantan. This writer however doesn't get any of the characters right, stripping the Dr. of her good supporting cast for boring nobodies who are just in awe of her, instead of folks who see her for the shady thief she is. I love Doctor Aphra. I think she's one of the best new characters to come out of the latest MARVEL Star wars universe stories. I also love triple Zero and BT, and Black Krasantan. This writer however doesn't get any of the characters right, stripping the Dr. of her good supporting cast for boring nobodies who are just in awe of her, instead of folks who see her for the shady thief she is.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    This is definitely more of a reset/back to basics adventure for Doctor Aphra. I thought the story here was just ok and the art was some of the worst in Star Wars’ Marvel run. I’m hoping for better with this series going forward as the first run was great.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Alyssa Wong's Aphra run is off to a great start. I'm glad we're back to Aphra's archeology roots and a focus on getting profit for Aphra and co rather than dealing with the Empire. That was fun, but learning about weird stuff in the universe is a blast and not really anywhere else. I liked our new characters, good and bad, and am very excited for the series to continue. Though, I would also like more TA please. Overall, I'd highly suggest it if you like Aphra or Star Wars comics in general. Alyssa Wong's Aphra run is off to a great start. I'm glad we're back to Aphra's archeology roots and a focus on getting profit for Aphra and co rather than dealing with the Empire. That was fun, but learning about weird stuff in the universe is a blast and not really anywhere else. I liked our new characters, good and bad, and am very excited for the series to continue. Though, I would also like more TA please. Overall, I'd highly suggest it if you like Aphra or Star Wars comics in general.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vansarin

    Very relieved to see this series go back to its roots -- the last run was becoming more intolerable the longer it went. Here we have a new author, a refreshing cast, and solid art. Hope this keeps up.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cris Nicoletti

    4.5

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kaiulani

    My favorite ongoing Star Wars book. This volume has all the pieces but it failed to bring anything new to the table.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sam Nicholson

    7/10

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eleazar Dlg

    Much more consistent and coherent than the previous run but it lacks the crazy and interesting subjects that it's predecessor delved into. Still looking forward to seeing where this ends up going! Much more consistent and coherent than the previous run but it lacks the crazy and interesting subjects that it's predecessor delved into. Still looking forward to seeing where this ends up going!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Martijn Van

    Nice to have Aphra back. Once again a fun read build around a lot of Star Wars canon mythology.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abel Montero

    🖤🖤🖤

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    It’s great to see a series about a bunch of badass ladies written and drawn by ladies. Great character designs and none of them unnecessarily sexualized.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dimitrios

    3.5 This felt like slog, but I liked the final issue of the arc.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Breedlove

    3.5* Glad they continued Aphra and I'll continue to read, but the series still suffers from small galaxy syndrome and a few to many plot conveniences 3.5* Glad they continued Aphra and I'll continue to read, but the series still suffers from small galaxy syndrome and a few to many plot conveniences

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rey Velasco

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