Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Returns To Marvel Comics
Sometimes it’s good to be bad. Maybe it’s better to say, it’s good to be bad, sometimes….
Anyway, for many Star Wars fans, that beloved baddie is Doctor Aphra.
But is she, actually, bad?
Recently, StarWars.com’s Dan Brooks sat down the author of Marvel’s new “Doctor Aphra” run.
Talking About Aphra
In Star Wars, there are heroes like Jedi and rebel princesses. There are villains like Sith and slimy crimelords.
And then there’s Doctor Aphra. She’s found herself on the side of freedom one moment and saving the Emperor’s life the next. The rogue archaeologist has a tendency to walk — and sometimes trip over — a moral line between right and wrong, all depending on how she benefits. And that’s how Alyssa Wong, writer of Marvel’s new Doctor Aphra ongoing series coming April 2020, likes it.
“I think Aphra is a delight. She’s out for herself, for fun and profit, and that drives her actions more than any internal moral compass,” Wong tells StarWars.com. “It makes her really fun to write! Aphra acts according to her whims and desires, which gives her an edge of unpredictability. But the second you think you’ve got her number, she chooses to do something that leaves her vulnerable — whether that’s an unexpected moment of nobility or bitter betrayal. No matter which side Aphra’s currently on, you can count on her to be deeply selfish. And that’s what I love the most about her.”
By all accounts, Aphra (think Indiana Jones, in space, with scruples closer to Belloq) is fascinating. With questionable company and a mind quick enough to outthink almost anyone, Doctor Aphra leaves fans on the edge of their seats as they thumb through each page.
Last we saw her; Doctor Aphra was heading for the stars with what was left of her fan-favorite murder-droid friends. She outsmarted Darth Vader once again, doing something uncharacteristically generous and hacking into the Empire’s database to erase files pertaining to the Rebellion’s new base on Hoth. The usually-not-so-good doctor also arranged it so that those closest to her — her father, her ward, and her on-again/off-again girlfriend — were safe and together on the ice planet, where they could take care of each other. But this being Doctor Aphra, she can’t stay that quiet, or that good, for long. That’s where Wong’s new series, set after the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, begins.
Again, sometimes it’s good to be bad (sometimes). Thank The Maker, Doctor Aphra will return.