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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 6: Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon (Star Wars: Doctor Aphra

(Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2016) #6)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  792 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Collects Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #32-36.

The galaxy's shadiest archaeologist is back doing what she does best! After a year of close shaves, Doctor Chelli Aphra is taking it easy and lying low. Probably herding banthas or something. She's smart like that, right? No, not really. She's back to busting into alien temples to steal horrifying weapons for huge profit. She just
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Published December 11th 2019 by Marvel (first published December 10th 2019)
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Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series is getting a little too much like the iocane powder scene in Princess Bride with each side trying to out think the other.

We do get to finally see some of Aphra's past with her mother, but it was all kind of blah. The book is plagued with too many artists, all of which were bland, keeping a house Star Wars style. While I still really like the character of Dr. Aphra, you can definitely tell the current series is winding down.
Ben Brown
Doctor Aphra: Volume 6 is the kind of “Star Wars” comic that one wishes Marvel made more of: a 5-issue tale that a.) doesn’t feel like it was built out of the spare parts of countless other stories in the “Star Wars” canon, and b.) actually tries to do new things with the lore. Not all of the weird detours and quirky self-referentialisms work – Aphra herself is still a character whose personality has the potential to wear a little thin in prolonged doses - but at least it feels different and dis ...more
Alexander Peterhans
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This series now seems to be on repeat. More of the same, only getting more convoluted, perhaps. I appreciate trying to give Aphra some depth by showing us her childhood, but it's not enough.

The art is really questionable in places, too.

2.5 stars
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Love Aphra to the Omega
Shelves: guerre-stellari

Well hello there!
Meticulously and ably framed by the writer to straddle some of the trauma of the title characters formative years and the mad-scrabble for survival of her present, you get what you expect out of an Aphra comic: double- and triple-crosses interwoven on a galactic scale over a span of months, maybe even years. Heady stuff, but with enough gonzo action and quirky humour to keep the reader engaged.

She might be incurably "Extra", but this character is probably the most refreshing and
Eva B.
I love this chaotic woman so much-

(This hold took 10. Months. to arrive :)) I placed it in January and actually got it in October :)))
Chris Lemmerman
Once again, Doctor Aphra finds herself smack bang in the middle of the Rebellion and the Empire - but this time, she could tip the scales in one of their favour and maybe end the war once and for all. But Aphra only does things for herself; so which decision will best serve her purposes?

Aphra's adventures continue to be great fun - with an added sidekick and a poignant flashback sequence in each issue here, this is a bit of a tour de force in set-em-up-and-knock-em-down type storytelling, as Sim
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After a volume that seemed to get away from the best parts of Doctor Aphra, this collection comes roaring back, complete with blatant Indiana Jones references, doublec-rosses, triplec-rosses, quadruple-crosses, and a final issue that is basically just spent untangling the entire plot (but in an entertaining manner). Aphra is bored after two months of vacation and gets pulled into an excavation, that leads her in and out of the arms of the rebels and the Empire, all while
Paul Decker
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This continues to be my favorite ongoing Star Wars comic series. I absolutely adore that a lesbian hate-love romance is at the center of an ongoing Star Wars series. Representation absolutely matters. Doctor Aphra is such an interestingly complex character. This volume, especially, showcases the gray morality of the universe. No one thinks of themselves as evil in their own head.

In this volume we get to see a little bit more about Aphra's past. We learn more about both of her parents. Aphra com
Shaun Stanley
My least favorite Aphra volume to date. The story was a bit slow before all he double/triple crossing at the end. We are approaching the end of the first series. I know that Aphra continues after the events of The Empire Strikes Back but it will still be sad to see this series come to an end.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a step back for the character and this series. I think Dr. Aphra is one of the great original characters, but the story is a bit convoluted this time and I think the character is starting to get a bit soft. It also doesn't help to have such a large cast of revolving artists, with the art changing from one page to the next, often within an issue. Spurrier is usually better at profiling the morally-dubious Aphra. Hope the next volume is a rebound from this. ...more
Neil R. Coulter
I don't see a lot of reason for this character/series to keep going. Everything—including Vader finding her again at the end of this volume—feels like a retread of what's already happened to her. Time to let the past die. ...more
Joy to the world, I’m but a step away from the seventh and last volume of Doctor Aphra‘s first run. Between you and me, dear reader, I loved this volume. Loved it.


Remember how I told you not to get used to the consistent art style and direction of the previous volume? That was some solid advice, I’ll have you know! These five issues have four pencillers working on them, four inkers, and two Color artists! Some of the style change can be excused by the switch back and forth between Chelli’s prese

Well, that plan was interesting.

This review will contain spoilers for the first 5 volumes

After the last volume, I was sufficiently hooked on Aphra's story. That ending - truly beautiful. However, this book shifted a bit from that into the usual Doctor Aphra hijinks that this series started out with. And it wasn't all bad, to be honest.

I didn't mention this is my review of the last book, but the whole concept of Imperial PR is very interesting. It is something that most Imperials aren't like
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Lance Shadow
We get towards the end of the original Dr. Aphra comic run that started in 2016. Here's Volume 6 of the Dr. Aphra comic, Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon!

So far, I've really enjoyed Simon Spurrier's take on Dr. Aphra. The series returned to form when he fully took over with "The Catastrophe Con", and the volume before this one, "Worst Among Equals", brought the Dr. Aphra comic to new heights. This volume did some aspects well, but is quite a downgrade from the 4th and 5th volumes.

Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really love Doctor Aphra and her adventures. This story however didn’t feel that exciting. But the main detractor from this edition was the artwork. The artist has obviously changed, and it shows, with the characters lacking some of the spark that makes them so fun.
Unseen Library
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most devious woman in the galaxy, Doctor Aphra, is back, and she’s got both side of the Galactic Civil War gunning for her in the sixth volume of one of the best Star Wars series out there. I have been meaning to review this volume since it first came out in December. However, I just picked up the seventh and final volume of the current run of Doctor Aphra, so I thought I would quickly review this volume first before I get around to that.

In Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon, Aphra is up to her
Scott Rhee
“Doctor Aphra” is, hands down, one of my favorite new comic book series, which isn’t really saying a lot since I don’t read a lot of new comic books, but it’s definitely become a favorite.

In Volume 6, “Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon”, Doctor Aphra: has flashbacks about her mom, who taught her a lot of stuff; finds the Farkiller of Oo’ob the Apostate, an ancient Jedi weapon that the Rebel Alliance could really use to put an end to the Empire; reunites with the vicious Wookiee, Black Krrsantan, whi
Marcelo Gonzalez
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love this series and this character - Chelli is complex, compelling, and always surprising. Ashley Witter's artistic depictions are absolutely incredible. ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has probably been my least favorite volume so far. It was still interesting, and it has aspects that I should've really loved like all of the propaganda stuff, but it just didn't work for me as well as the others. It didn't help that this volume is the shortest one in the series by far. A lot of explaining happened. I think that half of the volume was a character explaining their big plan, and it was an interesting plan, but the telling didn't work for me. I think that overall the arc will ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit disappointed with how quickly Aphra's love interest had become "the ex" when they had what one kiss together before things went drastically wrong. It was nice to have a break from the droids. But not sure a cute kid sidekick was the best choice for Aphra. I enjoyed the flashbacks though and the deeper characterisation. But the reveal of the plans at the end was also a bit underwhelming. I think I'm used to indie books where actual relationships are allowed to grow and flourish. In ma ...more
J.M. Giovine
After being released from Triple-Cero's grasp at Milvayne, Aphra finally is resuming her dreadful thief-archeologist deeds with the company of the young Vulaada, her new protégé, however, circumstances will take them both to return to Aphra's ancient home-world, Arbiflux, in which she used to live alongside her mother, who taught her all she now knows about being "tough and relentless" towards others, mostly due to her father's lack of attention. Her journey will lead her and her companion to cr ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this as much as some of the earlier volumes, but it had its moments and definitely did interesting things. This is the first volume in which Triple Zero did not play a part, and his absence was definitely felt. We get some of Aphra's backstory here detailing her relationship with her mother, and how her relationship with her parents and their relationship with each other definitely helped shape her into the person she became.

The overall story here involves Aphra being manipulate
Reprints Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (1) #32-36 (July 2019-November 2019). Doctor Aphra has gotten a big score. With her new partner (or potentially ward) Vulaada, she’s captured the legendary Jedi weapon the Farkiller of Oo’ob. Unfortunately, this has raised her wanted level from high to off-the-charts, and everyone is gunning for her. When picked up by the Rebels, she learns that her former lover Tolvan is now an agent for the Rebellion…but Aphra has to stay one step ahead of the Rebellion and the ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title sort of indicates, Doctor Aphra Vol. 7: A Rogue's End is the end of Doctor Aphra's series. Well, this series that is. She already has a new series that is actively updating, and it is absolutely worth checking out.

Doctor Aphra is not a character known for her altruistic nature. No, instead she's better known for all of her scheming. That, and the number of backs that she has stabbed in order to get where she is. You know, not that she's had much success in actually getting what sh
Yikes! After a very solid fifth volume, Doctor Aphra’s next arc loses its way. It’s a good thing I’m invested enough in the character to keep going – this kind of mess early on would have lost me as a reader.

Spurrier simply tries to do too much here – among them, revealing Aphra’s childhood, a Rebel plot to assassinate the Emperor, an unexpected reunion with Tolvan, and the Imperial Minister of Propaganda returns (along with a certain favorite Wookie). Instead of a focused narrative, grounded by
Jeremy Bautista
Do my eyes deceive me, but did I just read a Doctor Aphra story that didn't make me regret the last 90 minutes? I think I did! And, I'm over the moon about it! Starting with Doctor Aphra's first few appearances in the Darth Vader comic and into the first couple story arcs, Doctor Aphra was easily my newest, favorite Star Wars character (Phasma, from her book and not appearances from the movies, would be a close second). But something was lost along the way. Bumbling schemes. Poor antagonists. Ba ...more
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really good, let this stand are a lower 4.5 out of 5 than, exactly, a 4. It's very good though, and it's on the up and up for our Doctor. I've only got one more volume to read of the adventures of Chelli Lona Aphra. She remains a very intriguing character and this issue has it's twists and turns but has more in common with the beginning of the story than it does going toward end game. Still, it manages to blend the attitude of the beginning and the moods going toward a conclusion pretty wel ...more
Saimi Korhonen
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
”I think all anyone can hope for – ultimately? Is to do right by the people they love.”

Another great arc! This one was a wild ride with a whole lot of twists and turns - so much so that sometimes I had to read certain pages multiple times to really grasp what was happening. That was a bit jarring at times, but I still loved the story and what we learned from Aphra so much that I'm gladly giving this arc a 5/5 stars.

It was great to see Tolvan again in her new role, and to see Aphra's interactio
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