Doctor Aphra Gets A Solo Series

If you haven’t been reading Marvel’s Star Wars comics, you’ve been missing out. Like many of the novels, the comics can simply go places that the movies can’t. They’re for hardcore fans that want a more complex narrative and focus than two hours a year can give — comics don’t have to be crowdpleasing; they have to please the Star Wars crowd.

One of the limitations of Marvel’s original run in the 70s and 80s was they were limited in scope. No matter how many cool side characters they created, those had to go by the wayside in order to keep the focus on the core movie cast. But Lucasfilm has learned a thing or two in the years since — and give credit to Dark Horse Comics, who helped them figure it out — and so the “comics only” cast (which may start leaking into other media) has become just as strong and fascinating.

Case in point: Doctor Aphra. Along with “her” droids (they might protest) Triple Zero and Beedee, there’s no doubt we’re following villains. But they’re great villains, and they often threatened to overtake Darth Vader as the stars of his book. It’s no wonder that Doctor Aphra is getting her own title, and noteworthy that she’s the first character outside of the film and TV canon to get her own comic. We can’t wait.

From Marvel:

Because you demanded it! Following the blockbuster finale of Darth Vader #25, the fan-favorite character begins a new journey in STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 – the new ongoing series coming this December! From superstar writer Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader) and fan-favorite artist Kev Walker (Marvel Zombies) comes Marvel’s first ongoing series starring an original character created in the comics!

“What I wanted to do was show what makes Aphra tick,” says writer Kieron Gillen, in an interview with “That’s the work I feel I’ve got to do with the character, and that kind of push and pull she has between the stuff she does, which is good and bad”.

Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he 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 the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra’s got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!

“We all love Aphra so much,” says Star Wars line Editor Jordan D. White. “We were overjoyed that she found a way to survive the wrath of the Dark Lord. Now, she’s free to continue her rogueish adventures in digging up old droids and weaponry and selling them to the highest bidder…so long as she can stay off the Imperial radar.”

This December, the Star Wars galaxy expands into thrilling new directions as Doctor Aphra makes her explosive solo debut. It’s high adventure in deep space when STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere!


Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160980)
Story Thus Far Variant by SALVADOR LARROCA (OCT160979)
Droids Variant by ROD REIS (OCT160978)
Blank Variant Also Available (OCT160981)
FOC – 11/14/16, On-Sale – 12/7/16

Just in case you hadn’t been reading Darth Vader, you can catch up through these fine books:

Darth Vader vol. 1

Darth Vader vol. 2

Darth Vader vol. 3

Darth Vader vol. 4

About Derek McCaw 1998 Articles
In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at