Fresh off the announcement that “Star Wars: Doctor Aphra” #1 is on the way from Marvel Comics in December, CBR has an exclusive look at two variant covers from the first issue of the new ongoing series.
The “Story So Far” variant is, appropriately enough, illustrated by Salvador Larroca, who co-created the character with writer Kieron Gillen and drew Marvel’s 25-issue “Star Wars: Darth Vader” series, which wrapped up this week. The second variant is illustrated by artist Rod Reis — known for Image Comics series “C.O.W.L.” and “Hadrian’s Wall” — and features murder droids BT-1 and 0-0-0, who also were a major part of the “Darth Vader” comic.
The “Doctor Aphra” series will be written by Gillen and illustrated by Kev Walker, most recently seen on Marvel’s “Uncanny Inhumans.” It’s the first of Marvel’s Star Wars series to star an original character not from the film franchise, and the first ever to star a character created in a Marvel Comics series.
“[I]f Darth Vader ever finds out Aphra survived, she’s dead again,” Gillen told StarWars.com in an article announcing the series. “So she’s living in hiding. She’s trying to get back to her life of archaeology and she’s dealing with the fact that she has enormous debts. She owes Black Krrsantan, the Wookiee, enormous amounts of money, so she has to try to pay him off, but the bigger problem is that she promised to help locate the people who trained and tortured him. She is trying to deal with the droids [Triple Zero and Beetee], and the droids are a ticking-time bomb, shall we say. In the last series, Vader obviously was the big threat you were meant to be scared of, and the droids become increasingly serious. [Laughs]”
“Star Wars: Doctor Aphra” #1 is scheduled for release on Dec. 7 from Marvel.