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Doctor Aphra #19

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THE BUY PILE FOR NOVEMBER 22, 2018

Star Wars Doctor Aphra #19 (Marvel Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. For some time, the titular scoundrel-minded archaeologist has been forced to reap the harvest of her scandalous ways, forced into servitude for the immortal droid crime lord Triple-Zero. This issue, all her best laid plans come to fruition, including her doomed romance with an Imperial inspector, her kidnapping of a Rebel heroine, her debt to Triple-Zero (who steals every panel) and one of the most spectacular heists ever shown in a Star Wars comic.

There's several moments to make you nod appreciatively and one which is gasp inducing. Through all of it, you'll find a sense of fun, and even the most violent moments have a sense of whimsy to lighten the mood. This work by Kieron Gillen, Si Spurrier, Emilio Laiso, Rachelle Rosenberg and Joe Caramagna truly shines, giving Doctor Aphra the kind of conflicted charm that made Jahan Cross or even Han Solo a fan favorite. RATING: BUY.

Abbott #4 (Boom! Studios)

Abbott #4
In Abbott #4, this isn't what they meant by "Hot Time In The City" ... or was it?

Jump from the Read Pile. The balance between the gritty nature of Detroit in the 1970s is well balanced with the supernatural sheen thrown over this story. The title character does the only thing she can do in the face of losing her job as a journalist: keep working the story. Something big is wrong in the Motor City and Elena Abbott is getting closer and closed to it, which is more and more dangerous. This Saladin Ahmed script is perfectly paced, and the sure hands of Sam Kivela, Jason Wordie and Jim Campbell wonderfully capture this engaging narrative. RATING: BUY.

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