Published: 31st July 2019
Writer: Ethan Sacks
Artist: Will Sliney
Cover Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards
THE GREATER OF TWO EVILS! As the elite RED FURY stormtroopers of THE FIRST ORDER edge closer, KENDOH and her crew are running out of time to run their heist. But what does the mysterious score have to do with a DOCTOR APHRA mission 30 years in the past? Only Dok-Ondar knows the secret, and he may have to kill to keep it!
Only 2 covers to review and I really do like them both. The direct edition from Tommy Lee Edwards is well conceived. We knew Doctor Aphra would be in this issue, but I didn’t see at first, but when I did it brought a smile to my face. Then there is the variant by Stacey Lee. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to grab a copy of this yet because I love the artwork. As a self-confessed fan of the good Doctor, I will be tracking a copy down.
I got my wish in the issue, we have more detail of the current story of Galaxy’s Edge and the issue feels more balance for that. The First Order are being stretched by the Resistance presence on Batuu and finding them harder to contain and Kendoh and her team are only going to make that more difficult.
Enter Doctor Aphra for our historical interlude, our favourite intergalactic archaeologist is back. It was always going to happen as soon as we knew about an artefact being pursued by our Resistance team, wasn’t it?
A trip to the Sith world of Moraband with Dok Ondar to find a Sith temple and retrieve the ‘Sword of Khashyun’. As the story unfolds, we see the mistrust of Aphra and her droid companions with Dok Ondar splitting them up. But I must say, I wouldn’t want to keep 0-0-0 anywhere near me. This is a small price to pay due to her unbelievable knowledge of artefacts of the galaxy. Her cunning and guile come to the forefront, but alas, she falls foul of a double cross as she tries to double cross Dok Ondar.
Talking of double crosses, it looks like our Resistance team have fallen foul to one themselves with the First Order massing to come after them. It’s all now nicely setup for a crescendo in the final issue.
The art team have excelled themselves yet again. Will Sliney is doing a great job on this series and I am becoming a a big fan of his work. Dono Sácnhez-Almara with Protobunker on colours are making the art pop and as usual Travis Lanham’s lettering is excellent.
I must say, I actually enjoyed this Aphra storyline more than the current arc in her standalone series. The one thing that has stood out is the tractor speeder used by the First Order Sergeant in the opening pages. The words that follow next may fall on deaf ears, but here goes: PLEASE HASBRO, MAKE THIS AVAILABLE!
This issue was released on 31st July 2019 and is available via the Marvel App and all good comic bookstores. This issue retails at $3.99.