Written by Chris Micieli
Cover Rank: 6.5/10
A solid cover. If nothing the art alone is top notch. Pretty basic in that our two main characters (Luke and Aphra) are front and center ready for a battle.
Best Variant Issue: 8/10
Marco Checchetto issue. Fantastic artwork here. Whatever that Dark Tower like building is in the distance is an imposing one, and whoever the character is in the foreground had a tall task ahead of him. We have no idea who that person is which is an interesting decision. This build up to this series was the combination of Luke and Aphra and to include a different character in the initial issue is a bit of a head scratcher.
What I Like:
Marvel has a hit on their hands with Doctor Aphra and they are running with her. I would too if I created a character that become beloved in the Star Wars universe. What’s great about Aphra is she is not tied down to one side or the other, and that is very clear after the story we get here. Aphra was introduced to us in the Darth Vader series and I think we all felt she wouldn’t make it out alive by the conclusion of the story. Well, she did (if you haven’t read that series, get on that immediately).
Aphra is all about what’s best for her, and what’s best for her for this series is teaming up with the one and only Luke Skywalker to get intel on an ancient Jedi artifact that for someone in her line of work could utilize immensely. The story takes places during the current Star Wars comic series, which is right after the events of Episode IV, so Luke is still young, naive and still has not fully embraced the force. However, what he could gain from this mission with Aphra is too good to pass up and here our story begins.
What I didn’t like:
There’s not much to dislike here. The pacing is perfect, the new characters introduced are very intriguing and the story itself had tons of potential.
In the beginning stages of the issue, Luke walks into a Cantina and of course they don’t serve his kind (is there a Cantina that doesn’t discriminate?). Aphra walks in just as a small battle breaks out and comes to the aid of Luke. It’s awesome seeing that Aphra is more than looks and brains. She can take you out as well.
So Luke and Aphra are visiting a Queen who trades meeting interesting people for facts. Luke is the interesting person fresh off his Death Star defeating tactics, and the relic is what Aphra is looking for facts on. At first the queen is not impressed, but she has a change of heart and grants them the information they seek. But first she needs to eat, and then things get weird. Think The Green Mile but in reverse.
What I’m Looking Forward To:
It’s a 5 issue series and all signs point to a great addition to the Star Wars lore. What this relic is capable of might only be the beginning of something much more fascinating.