Doctor Aphra #15 Review

by Krownest on October 18, 2021

Author: Alyssa Wong
Artist: Minkyu Jung
Inker:Victor Olazaba
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Entertainment

THE WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS COMES TO AN END! After several issues of Aphra and Sana encountering the bounty hunter Durge and going on an adventure on Qi'ra flagship on Jekara, this story arc is finally coming to an end. Most recently, our heroines (heroic status questionable) reunited with Just Lucky and his ex-boyfriend Ariole, and the four of them teamed up to steal as much as possible from Qi'ra before leaving the ongoing chaos as seen in the wider War of the Bounty Hunters crossover.

This issue is pretty much entirely action, which works pretty well in its favor since I haven't necessarily been a big fan of this arc and the action makes it feel more like things are actually happening. That action takes a turn for the traumatic, however, when Aphra sees an artifact in Qi'ra collection appropiately named the Thought Dowser and thinks it's a good idea to use against the Crimson Dawn legions surrounding them. It's a classic blend of Aphra tropes: trauma, ancient relics, dangerous weapons, and bad moral choices. 

Aphra uses the device (using her technopathic tattoos, which is a fun touch since we rarely see those in action), and it does in fact help them delay Deathstick and the other Crimson Dawn acolytes, but at great cost to Aphra. After escaping, we finally get the conclusion to this arc and to the series' participation in the War of the Bounty Hunters crossover; Aphra and Sana escape with their ship, and abandon Lucky and Ariole to find their own way. There's a little more to the issue, including a stinger related to the overarching story of Marvel's Star Wars comics right now, but I can't go spoiling everything now, can I.

I highly recommend picking up this issue, as it's the best one in a while from a writing standpoint, and it has the most Aphra moments the series has had, from terrible decisions to double-crossings to gay panic. The revelations of the issue foreshadow the chaotic story to come both in this series and in the wider Marvel Star Wars saga (check out War of the Bounty Hunters and the upcoming Crimson Reign!), and the art from Minkyu Jung, Victor Olazaba, and Rachelle Rosenberg continues to be incredible. 

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