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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #2

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One’s a cyborg with a bad attitude, the other’s a cold-blooded reptile. They’re happily married. They’ve been hired by a mysterious contact to bag an ultra-deadly monster from the heart of an ancient temple. N.B.: For “mysterious contact” read DOCTOR APHRA, who — and this will shock you — is definitely up to something. N.B.: For “happily married” read THIS IS GOING TO GET MESSY.

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32 pages
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3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 85

    Bleeding Cool

    Doctor Aphra Annual #2 is an endearing and high-action adventure story set around two new characters in the Star Wars continuity. The dialogue is charming, the pacing is solid, and the art is great. This one comes with a recommendation. Check it out.
  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    Doctor Aphra is a fun character in general and this is a fun enough book overall, even if her presence in a lot of it is just a headshot hologram encouraging the journey. It makes for an enjoyable read the second time around once you have the trick of what's going on but it was fun in the discovery phase too, especially if you figure out the trick ahead of time and enjoy the journey. Spurrier continues to handle the Star Wars world well, though I hope he gets the opportunity to orchestrate something big at some point, what Caspar Wijngaard's artwork is really great and I hope we see him providing something for a miniseries or guesting on a main Star Wars book in the near future.
  • 60

    Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual shifts focus away from the archaeologist slightly to focus instead on monster hunters Winloss and Nokk, with Aphra revealing herself to have hired the duo to procure a rare beast for a superior. Aphra appears as a hologram guiding the duo through a labyrinthine cavern towards fortune and a possible fatal encounter, leading to the issue culminating with a reveal of Aphra's ultimate scheme. For better or worse, this second Annual keeps with the tradition of the Aphra series introducing all-new characters and focusing on their exploits, which may excite some readers while annoying others. As far as this duo goes, they're mildly entertaining, making for a mostly fulfilling story. Many of us would rather have seen Aphra's encounter more familiar faces, but, given the current state of the overly complex narrative in Doctor Aphra, it was a relief to see a self-contained story.

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About the Author: Simon Spurrier

Simon Spurrier (born 2 May 1981) is a British comics writer and novelist, who has previously worked as a cook, a bookseller, and an art director for the BBC.

Getting his start in comics with the British small press, he went on to write his own series for 2000 AD, like Lobster Random, Bec & Kawl, The Simping Detective and Harry Kipling, as well as a number of stories for the flagship character Judge Dredd. In recent years he has broken into the American comic book industry, writing mainly for Marvel Comics. He also wrote Marvel’s X-Force in 2014 and 2015, which starred the characters Cable, Psylocke, Marrow and Fantomex.

He started co-writing Star Wars: Doctor Aphra from Marvel Comics with Kieron Gillen in November 2017 on issues #14-19, taking over with issue #20 in May 2018.

Simon has also written a number of novels, initially on other people’s properties, but in 2006 he signed a two-book contract with Hodder Headline, the first of which was Contract (2007) and the second A Serpent Uncoiled (2011).


Simon Spurrier writes mainly for the British comic 2000 AD but has also written comic-strips for the anthology Warhammer Monthly, as well as contributing written articles, stories and reviews to the Judge Dredd Megazine. He is the creator of Lobster Random (with Carl Critchlow), The Simping Detective (with Frazer Irving), From Grace (also with Irving), Zancudo (a belated follow-up to Ant Wars) with Cam Kennedy and Bec & Kawl (with Steve Roberts).

Spurrier has done a number of work for hire books, writing one 2000 AD themed novel for Black Flame press, and three science fiction novels for the Black Library, as well as an upcoming book for Abaddon Books. In May 2006 he signed a two-book contract with Hodder Headline. The first novel, a “post-pulp” occult-crime-comedy, is titled Contract. A limited edition hardback was released in May 2007, and the mass-market paperback is published on 4 October 2007.

He has created Gutsville with Frazer Irving and Silver Surfer: In Thy Name.

His other projects include more work for Marvel like Ghost Rider Annual #2, the one-shot Wolverine: Dangerous Game, Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch, mini-series with Javier Saltares, Conqueror a newuniversal one-shot, Punisher War Journal Annual #1, and X-Men Legacy vol.2, starring the character Legion. He also wrote a short story for Dark Horse Presents called “In Fetu.”

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