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Doctor Aphra’s adventures continue against the backdrop of War of the Bounty Hunters! Aphra and Sana Starros discover an eerie, abandoned ship…but on board they will discover a nightmarish horror not seen in the galaxy for untold eons. And to make things worse, they must contend with the fearsome bounty hunter Durge! Then, a mysterious invitation leads Aphra and Sana to an Doctor Aphra’s adventures continue against the backdrop of War of the Bounty Hunters! Aphra and Sana Starros discover an eerie, abandoned ship…but on board they will discover a nightmarish horror not seen in the galaxy for untold eons. And to make things worse, they must contend with the fearsome bounty hunter Durge! Then, a mysterious invitation leads Aphra and Sana to an exclusive party — teeming with scum and villainy! Can they survive the underworld social event of the century? Or will their cover be blown by a familiar face with an agenda of their own? Face to face with the one person she hoped she’d never see again, this time the not-so-good Doctor is in trouble so deep she might not be able to talk her way out… COLLECTING: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) 11-15


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Doctor Aphra’s adventures continue against the backdrop of War of the Bounty Hunters! Aphra and Sana Starros discover an eerie, abandoned ship…but on board they will discover a nightmarish horror not seen in the galaxy for untold eons. And to make things worse, they must contend with the fearsome bounty hunter Durge! Then, a mysterious invitation leads Aphra and Sana to an Doctor Aphra’s adventures continue against the backdrop of War of the Bounty Hunters! Aphra and Sana Starros discover an eerie, abandoned ship…but on board they will discover a nightmarish horror not seen in the galaxy for untold eons. And to make things worse, they must contend with the fearsome bounty hunter Durge! Then, a mysterious invitation leads Aphra and Sana to an exclusive party — teeming with scum and villainy! Can they survive the underworld social event of the century? Or will their cover be blown by a familiar face with an agenda of their own? Face to face with the one person she hoped she’d never see again, this time the not-so-good Doctor is in trouble so deep she might not be able to talk her way out… COLLECTING: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020) 11-15

30 review for Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Vol. 3: War of the Bounty Hunters

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    Three volumes deep into Doctor’s Aphra’s second ongoing series, and I think it’s fair to say that in terms of plotting, consistent issue-to-issue quality, and overall degrees of “fun,” this series has the edge over its predecessor. Writer Alyssa Wong is proving to be a master at balancing the goofier aspects of Aphra’s character and universe with stakes that are genuine and relatable, while also – particularly in this third arc – integrating elements from other, broader corners of the “Star Wars Three volumes deep into Doctor’s Aphra’s second ongoing series, and I think it’s fair to say that in terms of plotting, consistent issue-to-issue quality, and overall degrees of “fun,” this series has the edge over its predecessor. Writer Alyssa Wong is proving to be a master at balancing the goofier aspects of Aphra’s character and universe with stakes that are genuine and relatable, while also – particularly in this third arc – integrating elements from other, broader corners of the “Star Wars” universe in a way that don’t feel burdensome or overly forced. Bravo.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Doctor Aphra is by far on of the most interesting original Star Wars characters in the new line of comics. This collection has classic Aphra, trying to get herself out of a previous bad situation only to find herself in a new mess. Her connections to Darth Vader and how she is affected by his presence shows an interesting count of PTSD. Her LGBTQ identity is a flavorful addition to the series, and her agenda always brings her back to herself. When Domina Tagge asks her to attend the Crimson Dawn Doctor Aphra is by far on of the most interesting original Star Wars characters in the new line of comics. This collection has classic Aphra, trying to get herself out of a previous bad situation only to find herself in a new mess. Her connections to Darth Vader and how she is affected by his presence shows an interesting count of PTSD. Her LGBTQ identity is a flavorful addition to the series, and her agenda always brings her back to herself. When Domina Tagge asks her to attend the Crimson Dawn auction party with Sana Starros, she certainly can't refuse. She can make up for killing a Tagge member, get intel, and perhaps see the infamous internals of the Crimson Dawn flagship, appearing after many years of quiet disappearance. I absolutely love the involvement in this issue with Boba (you might not know unless you read War of the Bounty Hunters first) as well as her reaction to Darth Vader's appearance. The only thing I don't really like are Lucky and Yu. Aphra's ties with Lucky bring about a never-ending back-and-forth of betrayal. I am trying to be interested in his character, as well as his companion, Yu, but they just don't drive the story the same way leading characters like Aphra and Sana do. Perhaps as the Aphra comics continue, I'll find an appreciation for Lucky and Yu, but at present...meh. I love the art and the way the story intertwines with the other War of the Bounty Hunters stories. The writers did a great job bringing everything together. This must have been quite the feat to accomplish, and it is certainly a project well-done.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    **Review is for all six volumes (34 collected issues across 6 titles) A jumbo-sized crossover that fulfils its promise and brings four line together, tells a cohesive story, and leaves each thread set to go off in it's own direction again. And yet, and yet... Whether it's a little too big, or a little too repetitive (several times half an issue is a near repeat of an earlier one from a different title) or a little too predictably predestined (the plot can hold no real surprise since we all know **Review is for all six volumes (34 collected issues across 6 titles) A jumbo-sized crossover that fulfils its promise and brings four line together, tells a cohesive story, and leaves each thread set to go off in it's own direction again. And yet, and yet... Whether it's a little too big, or a little too repetitive (several times half an issue is a near repeat of an earlier one from a different title) or a little too predictably predestined (the plot can hold no real surprise since we all know the events of Return of The Jedi are coming). Because of that, the most interesting and entertaining bits were the side-quests and filler one-shots, places where character could be developed without the burdens of the plodding plot.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Benji Glaab

    Since the reset of all Star wars series I've had mixed feelings on the titles as a whole. Especially the Doctor Aphra which has been a very hectic run and gun series that I find sort of pointless and hard to follow. Wong dials things back a little while keeping things quite fun. With a few more volumes for me to dive into I'm enjoying this War of the Bounty hunters event more than I've enjoyed a marvel event in quite some time. Since the reset of all Star wars series I've had mixed feelings on the titles as a whole. Especially the Doctor Aphra which has been a very hectic run and gun series that I find sort of pointless and hard to follow. Wong dials things back a little while keeping things quite fun. With a few more volumes for me to dive into I'm enjoying this War of the Bounty hunters event more than I've enjoyed a marvel event in quite some time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    4 stars This was a big improvement from the last volume. I loved the story in this one and I like to see Aphra picking a partner that seems to stick around. I liked the addition with Crimson Dawn as I was a big fan of the Solo movie. There was a lot more intrigued with this and I hope the series continues this way. Doctor Aphra and Sana are still partners as they are tasked with another mission from Domina Tagge. This time, it's to intercept her other cousin. When Aphra and Sana get there, they 4 stars This was a big improvement from the last volume. I loved the story in this one and I like to see Aphra picking a partner that seems to stick around. I liked the addition with Crimson Dawn as I was a big fan of the Solo movie. There was a lot more intrigued with this and I hope the series continues this way. Doctor Aphra and Sana are still partners as they are tasked with another mission from Domina Tagge. This time, it's to intercept her other cousin. When Aphra and Sana get there, they find he's been murdered, but seemingly was invited to an auction hosted by Crimson Dawn. As Aphra and Sana show up at the party, Aphra is up to her trickster ways and wants to steal several artifacts before making her escape. As mentioned, I thought the story was way more interesting (view spoiler)[ I loved the issue with Darth Vader arriving at the party. It's clear Aphra holds some PTSD overseeing Vader as it seems the only thing Aphra fears is him. I think this is an interesting dynamic. (hide spoiler)] Crimson Dawn is everywhere with spies in various criminal sects across the Outer Rim. (view spoiler)[ I liked the appearance of Qi'ra. I hope to see more of her in the Star Wars universe (hide spoiler)] Besides Aphra, there's a side story of Just Lucky and his colleague Arioce Yu. I did like how Aphra and Just Lucky finally re-connected. I think there's more to Just Lucky and I would be interested in seeing him team up with Aphra again. (view spoiler)[ Just Lucky looking after his brother on Canto Bight helped redeem him as a character. (hide spoiler)] This volume was definitely more fun to read than the previous.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ozro Davis

    Doctor Aphra is a character I've gone back and forth about since her introduction nearly 7 years ago. Her book has typically been fun - especially once she got out of Vader's shadow - but I've never really understood why they keep giving her, of all characters, her own book. At this point, it feels like the same thing month after month. That's not to say that seeing Vader or Luke Skywalker in their millionth comic is always new and fresh, but with Aphra, there's no nostalgia to make up for that. Doctor Aphra is a character I've gone back and forth about since her introduction nearly 7 years ago. Her book has typically been fun - especially once she got out of Vader's shadow - but I've never really understood why they keep giving her, of all characters, her own book. At this point, it feels like the same thing month after month. That's not to say that seeing Vader or Luke Skywalker in their millionth comic is always new and fresh, but with Aphra, there's no nostalgia to make up for that. With this War of the Bounty Hunters tie-in, the "why?" is stronger than ever. The first issue features the Canon debut of Durge, an old fan favorite character. But there's no real reason for it. I'm sure that Wong brought the character back for a story purpose later down the road, but his brief appearance here feels out of place. Likewise, we see a brief Boba Fett cameo in a scene borrowed from the main WOTBH miniseries, but it feels pointless as well. What's worse is that that scene was my least favorite in the main mini, as I felt it left unanswered plot questions. Unfortunately, this tie-in book didn't address them like I'd hoped. The book wraps up in pretty predictable Aphra fashion. Other than some admittedly compelling moments at the end (that I'm sure will make for a more interesting Volume 4), everyone comes out of this book without it having affected them much. Of the WOTBH tie-ins I've read, this one felt the most superfluous. Wong still writes the character well here, but she was clearly held back by having to be a part of the crossover.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joey Nardinelli

    Crossover comics always sound great in concept, but I feel like this series is picking up where Dark Horse last left off (I don’t remember a true crossover event in the new Marvel canon but I’ve read so much of it in the past two years now that I might be forgetting) with the Vector event. Here too, Aphra seems like a likely weak link doing little to really forward Aphra and mostly serving to set up cameos, the appearance of Boba Fett (who appears most visibly in the cover of the issue but remai Crossover comics always sound great in concept, but I feel like this series is picking up where Dark Horse last left off (I don’t remember a true crossover event in the new Marvel canon but I’ve read so much of it in the past two years now that I might be forgetting) with the Vector event. Here too, Aphra seems like a likely weak link doing little to really forward Aphra and mostly serving to set up cameos, the appearance of Boba Fett (who appears most visibly in the cover of the issue but remains incognito in the actual comic), an update to the criminal underworld, and a few action sequences with payoffs that I hope arrive elsewhere. I was left wanting more, since this issue spends far too long with Lucky and Ariole (his name sound like a nipple, my friends!), who I just can’t fathom a reason to care about. My other shoulder shrug at this issue is the very YA-feeling, nearly anime-adjacent art style they crops up apparently. I don’t need my Aphra comics to be hardcore realistic or grimdark, but if you’re dropping in a mind control artifact from a faction WORSE THAN THE SITH, maybe don’t also go full cartoon-mode with the art?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sunita M

    Three volumes deep into Doctor’s Aphra’s second ongoing series, and I think it’s fair to say that in terms of plotting, consistent issue-to-issue quality, and overall degrees of “fun,” this series has the edge over its predecessor. Writer Alyssa Wong is proving to be a master at balancing the goofier aspects of Aphra’s character and universe with stakes that are genuine and relatable, while also – particularly in this third arc – integrating elements from other, broader corners of the “Star Wars Three volumes deep into Doctor’s Aphra’s second ongoing series, and I think it’s fair to say that in terms of plotting, consistent issue-to-issue quality, and overall degrees of “fun,” this series has the edge over its predecessor. Writer Alyssa Wong is proving to be a master at balancing the goofier aspects of Aphra’s character and universe with stakes that are genuine and relatable, while also – particularly in this third arc – integrating elements from other, broader corners of the “Star Wars” universe in a way that don’t feel burdensome or overly forced. Bravo. MT Manager

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    The second run of Aphra has been really up and down for me. Aphra has been one of my favorite characters since her first appearance in the 2015 run of Darth Vader, but the stories in the current run have not really hit what I am looking for in the character. I think Vol 3 was hampered a bit by being a tie in to the WOTB event. I am also less than thrilled by the continued focus on Just Lucky who I find to be a pretty bland character. I would like to see the series jettison him and his buddy and The second run of Aphra has been really up and down for me. Aphra has been one of my favorite characters since her first appearance in the 2015 run of Darth Vader, but the stories in the current run have not really hit what I am looking for in the character. I think Vol 3 was hampered a bit by being a tie in to the WOTB event. I am also less than thrilled by the continued focus on Just Lucky who I find to be a pretty bland character. I would like to see the series jettison him and his buddy and focus more on Aphra/Sana while bringing back some of the characters from the first run who played off of Aphra better.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ahdom

    Some cool dark side lore was introduced at the tail end of this volume. The thought doser is really cool! I like that Alyssa Wong has moved Aphra story back to some more artifact driven storylines, while still having her own side adventure in relation to the War of the Bounty Hunters events.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kavinay

    Much better than the crossover.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dominic

    I love Aphra, but this crossover event seemed forced (sorry for the pun).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eye-ra

    I love the spanning worlds colliding and changing the course along this event for sure!

  14. 5 out of 5

    A Meneses

    3.5*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Rushing

    Absolutely meaningless in the War of the Bounty Hunters

  16. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Another great story from Dr. Aphra. I love that Sana is sticking around with this series because she always brings something great to the party. And that said, the party and the whole plot was quite engaging. I think I liked it more than the previous volume. That being said, this is a crossover event. And you could tell. At one point, Aphra has a little chat with (view spoiler)[probably Boba? Is this even a spoiler if it was so vague (hide spoiler)] and that never comes back into play. I underst Another great story from Dr. Aphra. I love that Sana is sticking around with this series because she always brings something great to the party. And that said, the party and the whole plot was quite engaging. I think I liked it more than the previous volume. That being said, this is a crossover event. And you could tell. At one point, Aphra has a little chat with (view spoiler)[probably Boba? Is this even a spoiler if it was so vague (hide spoiler)] and that never comes back into play. I understand that it's probably in a different comic from War of the Bounty Hunters, but still. Things like that just made it feel a little incomplete, which is probably the point sales wise, but that's mostly my cynicism rearing its head. Overall, a pretty fun addition to Aphra's story. Probably a better edition to the War of the Bounty Hunters. If you like Aphra, you'll probably enjoy this volume as well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cerrig

  18. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Barham

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rory

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kaiulani

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Benny

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

  24. 5 out of 5

    Harrison

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ken Jensen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tony

  27. 4 out of 5

    sonja

  28. 5 out of 5

    Venator

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Kline

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dominic Eni

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