Doctor Aphra #1, Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca
As a HUGE fan of everything to do with Star Wars, it’s really hard for me not to love Doctor Aphra. Aphra’s back-stabbing, unethical, a bit violent, and an archeologist who’d give Indiana Jones a run for his money. She’s also worked for a certain Dark Lord of the Sith (a previous story arc that you should go out and read right now if you haven’t.) Aphra, both the character and the story itself, are laugh-out-loud funny. This is due in no small part to Kieron Gillen who, for starters, manages to slip in a reference to “that’s no moon” that’s bound to put a smile on any Star Wars fan’s face.
Free of Darth Vader (it only took faking her own death) in a galaxy that’s heavily oppressed by Imperial forces, Aphra knows exactly how and when to play her cards. And as any decent archaeologist-turns-space pirate knows, an oppressed galaxy + newly discovered artifacts of cultural importance = profit. Of course being a space pirate isn’t always a walk in the park. Accompanied by two homicidal droids (who look eerily like R2D2 and C-3PO if R2D2 and C-3PO were going through a “phase”) and a Wookiee warrior called Black Krrsantan, Aphra sets out to locate, and liberate rare artifacts. What she finds instead is nothing but trouble.