"And now for our devilishly clever plan to steal a robot womb factory off a homicidally broody alien queen."
Her name is Chelli Lona Aphra, AKA Doctor Aphra.
She studied to be an archaeologist, but what’s the point in finding treasure if you don’t sell it for a profit? This anti-Indy rogue fends for herself as she seeks out the rarest artifacts and meets one-of-a-kind characters along the way. Most of them want to capture or assassinate her, but that’s all part of the fun!
There’s no telling what sort of trouble Doctor Aphra will find herself in. Just call it a normal day on the job.
Since her introduction in Kieron Gillen's Darth Vader series from Marvel in 2015, Doctor Aphra caught fire in the fandom. With a morally grey rogue archeologist accompanied by murderous droids, what's not to love? Her story is filled with twists and turns, betrayal and romance, with more skin-of-your-teeth escapes than you ever thought possible, and now you can experience her introduction in a whole new way. Sarah Kuhn's adaptation of Aphra's arc in the Darth Vader comics smartly tells the story from her perspective, somehow recapping the 2015 comics without ever feeling like you were retreading old ground. This is one of the more unique, fun, and diverse stories in the galaxy.
Doctor Aphra made her big debut in the 2015 line of Darth Vader comics, but fans loved her so much that she earned her very own series.What’s not to love about this twisted spin on a classic crew? Chelli Lona Aphra is what everyone loves about Han Solo and then some. You never know what she’s going to pull out of her sleeve and she has a crew that’s just as lovable. Imagine the polar opposites of Chewie, Threepio, and Artoo times ten. You’ll never read anything else so different yet so Star Wars at the same time.
We’ve seen Chelli Aphra take on some wild adventures by the horns and come out of it alive (barely). The question now is how will she escape a deadly and sentient crystal gone rogue during her attempt to sell it to the highest bidder at her very own auction party? And in the midst of the chaos, a surprise visitor decides to join the fray. I guess that’s what Doctor Aphra gets for being greedy.
Aphra’s monotonous life as a rogue archeologist takes a turn in this exciting “remaster” of the instant-classic comic series. Things shake up a bit as friends now become foes which leads to new friends and...new foes? Whatever Doctor Aphra was expecting for her next job, getting involved with the Rebel Alliance was probably not on the list. But what can we say? It’s a small galaxy. The only consistent thing about Aphra’s life is that it’s unpredictable.
Rogue archaeologist Chelle Aphra is in hot water—an Imperial prison ship where she is close supervised at all times by guard droids. Despite her sketchy past, she might prove to be the Rebels' only hope. She teams up with a delightful crew consisting of a colorful and existential destroyer droid, a wimpy shapeshifter named Lopset, and ex-lovers Sana Starros and Imperial Inspector Tolvan. They’re on the run from Imperial authorities, a self-righteous lawman, the bloodthirsty droid Triple Zero, and even the psychotic ghost of a long-dead Jedi trapped in a fungus trapped in the hull of a crashed ship!
The characters of Doctor Aphra, Triple Zero, and BT-1 are first introduced in Kieron Gillen’s run on Darth Vader. When that series concluded, Aphra received her own solo series. This series is Si Spurrier’s run on these dark, twisted, and never boring characters.
If Star Wars and Saw ever had a crossover, it would probably be something like Doctor Aphra: Worst Among Equals. Chelli Aphra has to race against the clock to diffuse a bomb in her neck by skipping town while sticking with Triple Zero who is trying to kill her also while avoiding other bounty hunters who are trying to capture her. Oh, and the only way she can move is by hopping on one leg and breathing only through her nose with her eyes closed. Just kidding, but that’s probably what it feels like for poor ol’ Aphra.
Most of those who live on the edge quit while they’re ahead. Not Chelli Lona Aphra. Settling down doesn’t cut it for her. It’s not like she hasn’t tried to step away from the thrills of adventure, but the allure of excitement and treasure is hard to ignore. When will Doctor Aphra take a step too far? Now. Now is when. If the title “Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon” doesn’t tell you what’s in store for our favorite archeologist, maybe you need to go back and read the first couple volumes.
All great trends come back around after a while, the same way Doctor Aphra finds herself caught in the Dark Lord’s menacing web once more. Back to the beginning, Chelli Aphra does what she can to survive the clutches of Darth Vader. Usually that means keeping him happy by doing what he says. Let’s see how long that lasts.
The Darth Vader (2015) long-running comic by Marvel is one of the most talked about Canon series to date. Kieron Gillen takes you under the ominous helmet for an inclusive look into the Sith Lord’s innermost thoughts. On top of getting some one-on-one time with everyone’s favorite villain, the Darth Vader series introduces new characters along the way, one of them becoming popular enough to warrant her own line of comics.
Marvel’s first Star Wars crossover event bridges Jason Aaron’s flagship title with Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader series. Vader Down sees Vader up against the entire Alliance army. How dangerous can he be if backed against a wall? It’s also brings together each comic’s main characters into a single story: from R2-D2 and BT-1 to Princess Leia and Doctor Aphra.
One of the best things in Star Wars Canon is seeing characters both original and new coming together to create a seamless universe where everything can coexist in the best intergalactic story ever told. Rebel Jail is a great example of that as Princess Leia encounters the notorious Doctor Aphra while Luke and Han go on an adventure of their own.
The name says it all! The Bounty Hunter comic brings together all of your favorite professionals along with some fresh faces. When the best in the business combine forces, there’s no question they’ll get the job done. As you know, bounty hunters don’t play games.