Doctor Aphra has a troubled past full of parental drama and war. But what about her Wookiee shadow, Black Krrsantan? Find out just how this Wookiee warrior is as frightening as they say…and then some!
SciFiPulseA “Must Buy” Star Wars comic that features the backstory of Black Krrsantan. The story is fun, showing an aspect of the Star Wars Universe not often explored, and the visuals are incredibly lush. I would repurchase this in hardcover in a heartbeat.
The Fandom PostWhile not a critical story for enjoying the Doctor Aphra book, this annual serves to expand on the character of Black Krrnsantan in all the right ways and it helps to set up a little bit more of the current arc with how it all came to be. For my money it's worth it just for Marc Laming's artwork as that opening hunt sequence could make for a great cinematic moment alone. I really enjoyed his visual design combined with Jordan Boyd's color work to really give it some weight. There's a great lived-in feeling to so many of the scenes, from forest to bar to starship, that it really does work wonderfully. The main group from the Aphra series get their time in the spotlight here but it's really a Krrsantan story and it's one that definitely helps to make him a lot more interesting to watch as the series moves forward. Good stuff.
Multiversity ComicsThe most impressive aspect of the Doctor Aphra Annual is how many plates it effectively keeps spinning. It’s easy to jump into the issue and get a lot out of it, but it’s full of layers for fans keeping up with the universe. A character from the earlier Darth Vader series gets a mention, and Aphra’s story continues to zip along. If anything, the issue is a masterclass on how to balance an ongoing story, a one shot story, and a vast shared universe.
IGNWhile not necessarily an essential read, Doctor Aphra Annual #1 serves as a fun opportunity to become a little more familiar with Black Krrsantan. Writer Kieron Gillen is able to lend new insight into this character without diminishing his fearsome aura. And while the art could do more to ease the transitions between past and present, Marc Laming and Will Sliney are right at home in this corner of the Star Wars franchise.