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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #3

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.

THE ARRANGEMENT – A DONE-IN-ONE TALE! MOS EISLEY: you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy — and even from far away DOCTOR APHRA wears this place like a glove…Caught in her wake, struggling beast-hunters WINLOSS AND NOKK are about to cross paths with their most monstrous adversary yet…Oh blast, is that BLACK KRRSANTAN? And is there really an audience with JABBA THE HUTT up for grabs?

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33 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comics: The Gathering

    This issue was pretty incredible. While I love the complex plot of the main story, it's been getting repetitive recently, so a one-shot that returned to Aphra's Indiana-Jones-but-Star-Wars is greatly appreciated. Spurrier was able to fit alotof story into a single issue, and Elsa Charretier's art was amazing as always (She's done a lot of Star Wars comic art, primarily in IDW's Star Wars Adventures series). This issue kinda felt like the "essential" Doctor Aphra issue; it has all the series' classic characters and story structure. I'm sad that this'll be the last annual of the series, since Doctor Aphra Vol 1 is ending at #40 in December, but I'm looking forward to seeing how Alyssa Wong brings a new voice and era to Aphra's story next year when the series reboots.
  • 80

    Less a story about Aphra and more a tale about the various characters we've spent time with in her book over the years, most of the story focuses on the Mos Eisley cantina and the types of characters you'd expect to hang out there. Feeling as though she owes things to a number of bounty hunters, Aphra sends out various transmissions that offer them everything they're looking for, only to lead to, in classic Aphra fashion, an unexpected resolution where many of these characters get much more than they bargained for. While Aphra herself might not take up much of the book, the storyline fully honors her spirit and the ways she can think 10 steps ahead of her competition to get exactly what she wants. The book feels much more like a "Mos Eisley Cantina Annual" than an Aphra book, but we don't mind when the scheming is complex, the characters ruthless, and the payoff satisfying. The Annual is far from essential, but as the Aphra series heads towards the finish line, you'll enjoy spending time with the series' supporting characters in this triple-crossing tale of scum and villainy.
  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    I continue to enjoy Doctor Aphra and having a standalone adventure here after a couple of sprawling and overly complicated arcs in the main series is definitely welcome. Spurrier continues to do well in bringing out her voice and there's a lot of fun in exploring some of the other characters here with Winloss and Nokk making out the best. The biggest thing for me was just getting to enjoy Elsa Charretier's artwork as she wasn't someone I expected to step into this property and she brings a real bit of life and fun to it. I'm not sure I'd want this ongoing unless it was for something distinctive but I really loved what she brought here and how it played out with this cast.
  • 50


    A fun, twisted story is lessened by incomplete visuals and dreary colors. This is a shame because this could have a classic tale. Aphra is barely in this book, but her presence and ability to chart the details in a devious plan are obvious. This reads better than it looks. Decent for long time fans, but off-putting for new readers.

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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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