Doctor Aphra #34

Doctor Aphra #34

Writer: Si Spurrier
Artists: Wilton Santos, Cris Bolson, and Andrea Broccardo
Inkers: Marc Deering, and Walden Young
Colorists: Chris O’Halloran, and Stephane Paitreau
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Ashley Witter

Doctor Aphra #34 takes a detour and a trip down memory lane in order to course correct and head right back to the Rebellion and Cracken. The only difference is this time she has Black Krrsantan on her side.

The issue kicks off on Arbiflux, the place where Aphra grew up with her mom and where her mom inevitably died. We get to see that in the flashbacks, meanwhile, Aphra deals with a some mercs the Empire sent after her and Vulaada. Those mercs include Black Krrsantan. To be honest, it’s been so long that I don’t remember how Aphra and Black Krrsantan parted company. Regardless, their reunion is one of growling, threats, and promises of riches which Aphra can’t deliver on. After the turmoil settles down, she decides their best bet is to head back to the Rebellion. But she doesn’t plan on joining them, just ripping them off. Unfortunately for her, her ex-girlfriend isn’t about to let her get away with it.

The story is okay, even though it’s a bit of a step backward to go forward again. I’m not convinced the flashbacks really served a lot of purpose, and Aphra going back to one of her old home planets didn’t seem to have a lot of purpose either. The only thing of any real importance was her hooking up with Black Krrsantan again.

The artwork in this issue is weird, and that’s do to the large art team. With so many artists involved, there’s a lot of styles at play, and they don’t merge together to well in this issue. It’s a bit distracting. Most of the flashbacks are in one style, while the present is in a different style, but it doesn’t stick to that entirely. Whoever did the current scenes has a very interesting art style. It’s not your typical comic book style, and it has a lot of detail. However, whoever did the coloring for that artist really stuck to drab colors, which diminished the artwork.

With a mixed bag of artwork which ranges from okay to pretty good, and a story that kind of accomplishes something but takes it’s time in getting to the point, this issue isn’t exactly a hit. Both the writing and the artwork could have been better. As is, I give it a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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