SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Star Wars: Doctor Aphra” #1, which is on sale now.
With the release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” just a little over a week away now, we’ve seen more and more of the film’s new additions to the “Star Wars” canon integrated into the larger new expanded universe. There’s the “Rogue One” prequel novel “Catalyst,” of course, which reveals more about Galen Erso and Orson Krennic (played by Mads Mikkelsen and Ben Mendelsohn in “Rogue One”). Additionally, the Marvel comics have also incorporated some elements from “Rogue One” in recent issues of “Poe Dameron” and, as of this week, “Doctor Aphra.”
Despite taking place over thirty years after the events of “Rogue One,” “Poe Dameron” #8 incorporated a few helmets introduced in the upcoming anthology film in a spread of Imperial artifacts. Kieron Gillen and Kev Walker’s “Doctor Aphra,” which takes place in the almost immediate wake of “Rogue One” (as well as 1977’s “Star Wars: Episode VI – A New Hope”), goes a step further and incorporates a new alien design.
A spinoff of the recently concluded “Darth Vader” series, the debut issue “Doctor Aphra” follows the criminal archaeologist as she gets back to work procuring ancient artifacts and selling them off. During a mission on the Cosmatanic Steppes, Aphra’s attempt to get out without trouble didn’t go as planned. She was caught by Soo-Tath, a representative for an organization Aphra owed money to. And Soo-Tath didn’t come alone; he had two Gigorans flanking him
Gigorans will officially make their big screen debut in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” although their appearance here predates that debut by a little over a week. “Rogue One’s” Gigoran, a mercenary named Moroff, will have a role to play in the film. That’s him below.
Gigorans have a history with the expanded “Star Wars” universe. Surprisingly, they’re actually a holdover from the previous canon, as they were initially mentioned in an RPG article titled “It’s a Gambler’s Life” written by Anthony P. Russo and published in the role-playing magazine “Star Wars Adventure Journal” in 1994. They returned as part of the new canon in 2014’s “Star Wars: Commander” mobile game and now, thanks to “Doctor Aphra” #1, they’re also part of the Marvel comics line.
Being tall and hairy and used as muscle, the Gigorans actually bear a strong resemblance to Wookiees. Thankfully, “Star Wars” fans don’t have to wait all that long to finally get some info about who would win in a fight, a Wookiee or a Gigoran. At least in this issue, Doctor Aphra’s Wookiee traveling “companion” Black Krrsantan makes short work of the two Gigorans.
The show of force buys Aphra some time, as Soo-Tath and the Gigorans collect themselves and back away following Krrsantan’s attack. “Doctor Aphra” #1 is just another example of how “Rogue One’s” impact is being felt across the larger “Star Wars” universe. The film’s designs, be they helmets or aliens, are now popping up in the comics — and we’ll probably see a U-wing somewhere pretty soon.
“Star Wars: Doctor Aphra” #2 arrives in stores on December 21.
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