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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 5: Worst Among Equals

(Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #5)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  833 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Doctor Aphra - worst among equals! On the run from the law in a massive alien metropolis, Aphra has ten hours to cross the hostile megacity before the bomb implanted in her throat explodes. And don't forget the pack of bounty hunters and crazed cops that are on her tail. No big deal, right? But there's one more wrinkle - Aphra can't stray more than a few paces from her com ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Marvel
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Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dr. Evazon of "I have the death sentence on twelve systems." fame inserts bombs in Aphra and Triple Zero that will explode if they get more than 20 meters apart. To make things more interesting, the bombs will explode in 10 hours. There's lots of twists, turns, and betrayals as the two of them try and make themselves across a city under Imperial control to meet a professor that can defuse the bombs. Spurrier has created a good cast of reoccurring rogues to continually go after Aphra as well. The ...more
Ben Brown
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I mentioned in my review for Volume 4 of “Doctor Aphra” that this was a series that seemed to read substantially better when collected in trade paperback as opposed to single issues. Volume 5, titled “Worst Among Equals,” only serves to reinforce that assertion: the breakneck pace, offbeat characters, and deliberately cheeky tone that all too often made individual issues of the series feel disjointed and weirdly obtuse, when collected like they are here, actually become distinctive qualities tha ...more
Neil R. Coulter
Jul 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
"I only know one truth," Luke said. "It's time for [Doctor Aphra] to end." ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"And yet this one moment - the one time she didn't stop to calculate and scheme - is the one time she did something heroic."

Oh... oh, wow.

(side note before I get into the meat of this review: Winloss and Nokk are amazing and adorable and I want to see more of them. that is all.)

First off - given the ending of volume 4 of this series, my mind was pretty occupied when I finished that one. But then that thing happened with Aprha and Triple Zero and... I lost focus.

You know the scene in a book or mo
This review was originally published over at my blog, The Grimoire Reliquary, as part of my Saturday Star Wars weekly column.

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The good Doctor is back, and running for her life with her dearest pal, the homicidal protocol droid Triple-Zero. The two frenemies are in quite the bind–as soon as they grow further than 20 metres apart, the explosives implanted in their necks will arm, and go ka-BLOOEY!

Grizzly, but what’s a little blood, guts and blown-out logic matrices betwixt friends?
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Almost a placeholder volume - The opening Annual is a nice solo but and the way it ties into the longer story line is better than most attempts, but by the end of the whole adventure they authors have only succeeded in resetting the character relationships to where they were a few installments ago, which isn't really growth or progress. ...more
Scott Rhee
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
In volume 5 of Marvel Comic's Star Wars series Doctor Aphra, "Worst Among Equals": we are introduced to husband-and-wife monster hunters Winloss and Nokk, who---like everyone else---get to know and hate the adorable Dr. Aphra; Aphra and psycho droid Triple-Zero are still connected by bombs implanted by evil Doctor Cornelius Evazan and are stuck on planet Milvayne, deep in the heart of the Empire; Aphra's adventures with Trip are, unbeknownst to them, being transmitted across the net as a reality ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Doctor Aphra is back, and once again she just keeps finding herself in worse and worse situations. It seems like no plan of hers will ever go smoothly. But it does make for an interesting read for the rest of us!
Doctor Aphra Vol. 5 is titled Worst Among Equals, and it’s probably my favorite title so far. And in many ways, it fits her relationship with Triple Zero perfectly. This volume has six issues in it, but the first one is going to feel more like a one-shot at first. It does become relevan
Chris Lemmerman
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trapped on an unknown planet ruled by the iron hand of the Law and the Empire's propaganda machine, Doctor Aphra's up shit creek without a paddle. Oh, and to make matters worse, if she moves more than 20 feet away from Triple Zero, her murderous ex-protocol droid, she's going to explode. So, uh, what's up, doc?

Aphra's come a long way. Alright, she's still very bad, but she's getting there. She's trying. And this volume really highlights that journey in a way that the preceding four haven't quite
Benji Glaab
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.5🌟 I've always loved the Doctor Aphra character since Kieron Gillen introduced her in the Darth Vader run. Overall this has been a fantastic run. Volume 4 being the exception. I think Simon Spurrier dropped the ball big time with his first Doctor Aphra volume, however volume 5 offers up an entertaining non-stop thrill ride that is actually comprehensible unlike volume 4 that was an outright mess.

I had fun reading this, and I think that's the point with a read like this. Triple zero (a homicid
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Maybe more of a 3.5/5, but with me and Star Wars titles I’m always happy to round up.

There were three new characters introduced in this volume that I foresee being fun in more stories to come, particularly the unlikely inter-species married couple of monster hunters Vokk and Winloss but also perhaps a new Big Bad in the form of Imperial Propaganda Minister Voor- definitely the kind of shady, unscrupulous manipulator that Mr Spurrier delights in writing.
Eva B.
This single-handedly made up for Remastered and The Catastrophe Con. Aphra and Trip have been rigged up with proximity bombs that've been rigged to explode in 10 hours or if they are more than 20 meters apart. This is a story chock-full of suspense, and the more vulnerable side of Aphra, and I loved it. ...more
Clunky dialogue and tedious story. The *idea* of each story is fine, but the execution is lacking.

Doing a version of The Defiant Ones ( is fine. It’s been reimagined time and again, forming the basis of every buddy cop movie ever, reaching its apotheosis in 48 hrs. ( But when you pair the most amoral character in Star Wars (Aphra) with the most murderously psychotic droid ever conceived (Triple Zero), one expects m
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
The end of this series?
Alan Castree
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A different writer than the first four books but still, a really good arc. Really helps develop both Triple Zero and Aphra’s characters with a very fun framing device.
Lance Shadow
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Coming fresh off the heals of the surprisingly good The Catastrophe Con, this is another comic that I picked up at the end of 2019 with Comixology's sale.

With Simon Spurrier having fully taken writing duties for the Dr. Aphra comic from previous writer and original creator Kieron Gillen, The Catastrophe Con was an invigorating installment that elevated Dr. Aphra's story to the best it had been since Vol. 1: Aphra. "Worst Among Equals" not only outdoes the previous volume, it brings the Dr. Aphr
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
You would think that pairing Aphra and Triple-Zero in an Escape From New York-style harrowing race against time on an Imperial planet would be rife with excitement, adventure, and all the joy Aphra normally brings. And, well, most of it is there, but there's a level of introspection that weighs down much of the action, as Aphra is asked time and again to examine her personality and tendency to throw people away, and it makes it less fun to be aware of it when she does it. And it also isn't as mu ...more
Dakota Morgan
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Worst Among Equals offers up rollicking, non-stop thrills with occasional doses of pathos and a fine patina of humor, making it perhaps the best volume in the series. Doctor Evazan's implanted proximity bombs in Aphra and Triple Zero, forcing them to remain in constant contact even though Trip would rather see Aphra (and most of humanity) dead. The pair stumble across the city-planet Milvayne, desperate to find a skilled bomb defuser, but instead finding only more and deeper trouble. It's the ki ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story was great--Spurrier was born to write this sort of conflicted anti-hero. The art was a bit of a mess--not nearly as neat and well-detailed as that by earlier contributors to this series.
Alex Sarll
Rogue archaeologist Aphra was the master to the murderous protocol droid Triple Zero, and then his slave. Now, the two of them are unable to leave each other's presence without activating explosives that have been implanted in them. A ridiculously contrived set-up? Absolutely, and that's admitted in the first issue. But when you've created a book where a maverick ethicist pulling such a stunt, principally for shits and giggles, is a plausible development...well, why not go for it? Hilarity ensue ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
I'm probably being a little harsher than this volume objectively deserves, but this just didn't work for me. The plot is a boring Saw-style predicament buried under layers of Grimdark pontifications about the foolishness of trust. No wit or charm, just one colorless chase sequence after another. Which might be more forgivable if the past two volumes hadn't been pretty much the exact same non-stop running & gunning stories. ...more
A bit too familiar with the themes (Trip wanting to murder everything, Aphra trying to do better but slipping into her rather amoral ways, people out to get her), especially the latter half of the collection. The first issue was fun though, as Doctor Aphra navigates bounty hunters through a Indiana Jones-worthy temple, traps and all.

I hope this is the last we see of those droids.
Khairul Hezry
A buddy road movie as Aphra and Triple Zero maneuver their way on the planet Malvayne to see a doctor about defusing a bomb...inside their bodies. Okay, maybe not so much "buddies" as psychotic droid and amoral archaeologist. The entire story felt phoned in but the Doctor's action in the final pages was a surprise. ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastic! This would've been a great option to end the whole series though. ...more
Stephen Richter
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are not reading this series you are missing out one of the best Star Wars Story Lines and character.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I quite liked this arc of the story. For a while now I've been like Triple Zero is just a problem, but here I was like aight, we can have him back in the story, and I won't be annoyed. I also liked Aphra and how she handled the whole situation, and I really liked that hunter couple. They were great.
I forgot to mention that I am thrilled that the propaganda part of the Empire came in. I have been curious about them, and I want to see more of the head of the propagandists.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
This series gets worse with each volume. Unnecessarily convoluted plots, ridiculous characters, and the same themes and ideas rehashed over and over.
Shaun Stanley
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This volume really focused on character development for both Doctor Aphra and Triple Zero and was more serious than previous volumes, but still had plenty of fun moments.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it

0-1 ABY

The fifth volume of Doctor Aphra contains "Worst Among Equals" Parts I-VI as well as Annual #2, which comes first in the printed collection. Annual #2, "Winloss and Nokk," is a rather funny, classic Aphra tale of wit and witticism, and of course, Aphra having some ulterior agenda. Aphra has hired monster hunters Winloss and Nokk to kill this artifact guardian and claim the artifact. What they don't know if that she has already claimed the artifact, she just needed rescuing...

This volume i
J.M. Giovine
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Starting with the Annual #2, in which we're introduced to the Beast-hunters, Winloss and Nokk, the story takes us into a fun and twisted turn of events for Aphra, who's now attached directly o Triple-Cero, thanks to Dr. Cornelius Evazan (that weird lookin guy who started a fight against Ben Kenobi in A New Hope), who implanted a proximity bomb in both, so if they get away too much from each other they'll explode, the same if one of them dies. So now, Aphra and Triple-Cero will have to make their ...more
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