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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 1: Aphra

(Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2016) #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,980 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Collects Doctor Aphra #1-6.

Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If the Dark Lord of the Sith ever learns of her survival, he’ll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it’s time for a return to what she does best. With droids Triple-Zero and BeeTee-One in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from t
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Published June 21st 2017 by Marvel
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The doctor is in!

The story is set after the events of “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” but before the events of “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back”. This TPB edition contains from the title of “Star Wars: Doctor Aphra” #1-6 in its new Marvel Canonic run.

Creative Team:

Writer: Keiron Gillen

Illustrator: Kev Walker

Cover: Antonio Fabela


Well, my first shock with this TPB was that the artwork wasn’t close to the astonishing cover by Antonio Fabela, and not even Salvador Larr
Ben Brown
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since Marvel got the rights to produce Star Wars comics back in 2014, we’ve been lucky enough to be inundated with loads of consistently great material: the main “Star Wars” series by Jason Aaron has been reliably excellent for nearly its entire now-30+ issue run, Kieron Gillen’s “Darth Vader” series is to die for, and even the lesser titles (“Chewbacca” and “Kanan,” I’m looking at you), while not inspiring, also haven’t quite managed to qualify for anything reaching truly “god awful” status. Su ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

Shady space archaeologist Doctor Aphra has finally managed to quit working for Darth Vader without ending up dead. Now along with her two murderous droids and the fierce Wookie bounty hunter Black Krrsantan she’s just trying to find precious artifacts to sell so she can pay off debts she owes. However, her business plan gets delayed when her archaeologist credentials are revoked thanks to a person from her past. To get back in business Aphra will have t
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Basically the Darth Vader book without Darth Vader. Kieron Gillen spins Dr. Aphra off into her own book and she brings, BeeTee, Triple Zero, and Black Krrsantan along for the ride. All of the fantastic quipping and underhandedness is still here with our two murder droids, as is Aphra's snark. After faking her death over in the Vader comic, Aphra is back to pilfering archaeological treasures to auction off to the highest bidder. Then her dad shows up and blackmails her into helping to go after hi ...more
Jessamyn Leigh
Have you, like many of us, found yourself watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and thinking "You know what would make this better? If we put it in space with an Asian female protagonist and skipped the womanizing?".

If you answered yes, this book is for you.
Chris Lemmerman
The breakout character of Kieron Gillen's Darth Vader run gets her own (well-deserved) ongoing comic, bringing along all of your other favourite new characters like murderous droids BeeTee and Triple-Zero, and Wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan in an archeological adventure that puts her squarely in the crosshairs of both the Empire and...her father?

I love Aphra as a character - she's exactly the kind of snarky that Gillen writes so well, and seeing him play with a character on the darker sid
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Doctor Aphra and Co. is always a good thing. This Volume takes more than a few nods to the Indiana Jones series, as Aphra ends up working with her estranged father to dig into a mystical myth he's been chasing his whole life. Things go poorly, as expected, with Aphra and her droids and Black Krrsantan facing up against imperials, gangsters, and ancient intelligences. Aphra's dark humor goes a long way, as do BeeTee and TripleZero's quipping, which never seems to get old. There's an action s ...more
I have to preface - I will never love Star Wars spin-offs as much as the original content.

The movies are everything to me. But The Mandalorian, as great as it was, couldn't hold that sway and emotion over me that the original ones do. I ugly sobbed severely after (and during) TROS, but The Mandalorian couldn't evoke those kinds of feelings from me.

A friend recommended this series to me (Eva B, aka the coolest person to talk to), and I can say I honestly might not have read these books if not for
Jim C
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

This is about a character that we first met in the limited series run about Darth Vader. She gets her starring role in this comic and she is basically an archaeologist that has several outstanding debts. I would liken her to a cross between Han Solo and Indiana Jones.

In this one, Doctor Aphra goes to sell some items that she has discovered. There is a problem though as she is no longer a doctor and therefore she cannot sell the items for their value. This problem leads
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't have time for a detailed review, but, I will say that I liked the story and artwork in this comic book omnibus. What I didn't like was the title characters immodest dress at times and the occasional profanity.
Scott Rhee
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure if I’m supposed to know who Doctor Aphra is, being a Star Wars fan and all, but I had no idea who she was before reading “Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 1: Aphra”.

Written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Kev Walker and Marc Deering, “Aphra” is, obviously, set in the Star Wars galaxy. The title character is a cute (Asian-looking, although clearly the Asiatic race does not compute with the Star Wars galaxy as it is set in a galaxy far, far away from Asia), bouncy, trouble-making rogue ar
David Dalton
A very odd ball set of characters. Doctor Aphra comes across as a Laura Croft in space. Love her crew. I plan to check out the next volume of Doctor Aphra's adventures. It is a big Star Wars universe, there should be many different stories out there.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really cool story thus far. I'd seen her appear in a Vader story and thought I'd check it out. Alot of fun with her team and adventure. Perfect blend of humour and action. Will be insisting to see if this can hold up as the story continues. Star Wars stories can always be hit and miss so it was great to have s refreshing new story.
Lance Shadow
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kieron Gillen's new comic series focusing on new character Dr. Aphra was released in trade paperback earlier this month and it took me until the end of the month to review it. Who cares, here's my review.

I felt that his Darth Vader series, while starting out really strong, steadily dropped in quality as the storyline got more convoluted and more ridiculous and contrived plot points were introduced. However, of the aspects that consistently remained good until the end, one of those was the chara
Read in honor of May the 4th, 2020

The debut series of rogue archaeologist, Miss - sorry, Doctor Aphra, was forgettable, even though I like the character, a lot. I always want to see more women in the Star Wars universe - and queer women in the Star Wars universe, what a concept! (though it was very much tossed in at the end) - but Aphra's debut series didn't make much of an impression. (I did meet her for a hot second in Star Wars, Vol. 3: Rebel Jail, but as a minor character.) Aphra first debut
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Dr. Aphra is a chaotic neutral space archaeologist lesbian, and if that doesn't sound like a good time to you, we can't be friends.

This was my first foray into New Canon* that wasn't a movie or TV series, and I had a good time! The art and writing are consistently enjoyable throughout, and I liked Aphra; she is a relatively rare female example of the "lovable asshole" character type, and I am very much here for that, but I can see where she could be an acquired taste**.
Love her murder droids ve
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Indian Jones in the Star Wars universe.

Pretty much. Sorta.

Whatever...its really good.
Neil R. Coulter
A typo in the opening crawl??? Does anybody who publishes Star Wars books even care anymore??


An adventuring archaeologist, with a father who has spent his whole life obsessively pursuing a single artifact. They go on an adventure together, bickering all the while because of the younger archaeologist's bitterness about the father-child relationship, and end up finding the father's "holy grail"--which turns out to be very dangerous, and not at all what the father had hoped for all those yea
I bought the first two of these as comics then decided to wait for the graphic novel. It was nice to read it all one go. The most important thing was THEY OUTED DOCTOR APHRA!!!!!!!!!!! Cause I'd been hoping for awhile, cute evil archaeologist, but Star Wars being so short of queer characters it wasn't expected. But just a few lines at the end changed that! YAY!

There was also a story about long ago evil Jedi and missing artefacts which was enjoyable! Really looking forward to reading Aphra's new
J. Gowin
Jun 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, graphic-novel
So yeah, I'm panning a Star Wars property. In their secret lair, beneath Space Mountain, the overlords of the House of Mouse are planning a most unfortunate fate for me.

I felt that there are two (2) major problems with this work.

First, Aphra is OP. Some recent critiques of the Star Wars franchise would attribute this to Mary Sue writing and/or SJW shenanigans. I diverge from this view in that I believe that the problem arises from the origin of the character. You see, Doctor Aphra was created as
Chris Greensmith
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Book I, Part I
It is a period of opportunity. In a galaxy oppressed by the cruelty of Imperial forces, there is little hope for the future. But for those used to operating on the fringes, there is much potential for profit.
Rogue archaeologist Doctor Aphra is no stranger to risk in the pursuit of both credits and thrills; from her recent acquisition of a pair of homicidal droids, to her ever-increasing debt to Wookiee warrior Black Krrsantan, and most of all, her secret work for Darth Va
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Doctor Aphra is basically an Indiana Jones type character, but without a moral compass. As a character, she's interesting because she provides a different perspective from those that we usually see in Star Wars stories. In this story, she is convinced (blackmailed) by her father to help him find an ancient heretical order of Jedi who were on a quest for immortality. As expected, things don't go smoothly.

The art is nice, but there is one inconsistency that is glaring. Doctor Aphra is an Asian cha
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally Doctor Aphra, the most interesting character of Star Wars, and her competently homicidal sidekicks get their own comic! Here we get to know her a bit better as she meets her dad and they dig into their own past while trying to unearth archeological and dangerous finds. Read it, you won't be disappointed. This should have been made into a movie instead of the snorefest Solo. Here are none of the standard wooden star wars characters or sensibilities, just pure actionfilled fun with a twist ...more
I had no idea who Aphra was before this volume but it wasnt too hard to get the gist of it thanks to flashbacks and exposition. Overall it was fun and a little silly, which is really to be expected from these kind of Star Wars graphic novels now. I like Aphra herself and the droids are hilarious. I'm interested enough to keep reading.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
Aphra is just the fucking coolest!
Kari Trenten
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An original character in the Star Wars comics; the amoral, cunning daredevil of an archaeologist, Dr. Aphra, gets her own series. Having survived working for Darth Vader, living on the rim of space with her sadistic droids, Triple Zero and Beetee, assisted by the wookie bounty hunter, Black Krrsantan (whom wants Aphra intact until she pays his money back), Dr. Aphra continues to scavenge what’s worth scavenging from ancient civilizations, until her dad shows up and her doctorate comes into quest ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collects Star Wars: Doctor Aphra issues #1-6

Kieron Gillen wrote an excellent series about Darth Vader which ran 25 issues. Throughout the course of this series, Gillen created a lot of supporting characters for Darth Vader, and four of the best new characters are the stars of this series:

-Doctor Aphra
-Black Krrsantan

The title character, Aphra is, in some ways, a mix between Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. Like Han, she lives in the gray area of life (a little bit bad and a l
Tyler Kroon
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this! Doctor Aphra is a fun, new character in the Star Wars universe, and she's a badass, anti-Indiana Jones-type archaeologist with questionable morals and some hilariously violent droids as sidekicks. I look forward to reading more!
James DeSantis
This took me a long time to read. I can't even remember the plot much.

Thing is, the art is solid and the writing is fine. I still like Aphra a lot.

However, she was more interesting in the Vader series. This is kind of just okayish. A 2.5 out of 5. I'll go with 3 for the art.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spinning out of Kieron Gillen's Darth Vader series, Doctor Aphra is the first Star Wars character not from any of the movies to lead her own comic series. Chelli Lona Aphra is quickly becoming one of my favorite Star Wars characters, alongside Ahsoka Tano and Hera Syndulla, two other characters who have never appeared in a film.

In this story, Doctor Aphra gets back to her archaeological roots, accompanied by her sadistic droids 0-0-0 and BT-1, and the wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan, whom
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