Doctor Aphra: War of the Bounty Hunters – Prelude Review

Aphra and Sana do what they can to thwart Vukorah’s hostage plot and fulfil their promise to Domina Tagge whilst Lucky and Ariole discover a plot against The Sixth Kin.

Doctor Aphra’s entry into the ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ is more of a fizzle than a bang in, much like the Darth Vader: War of the Bounty Hunters – Prelude it is actually the end of the current storyline with a lead in to the next issue.

Aphra and Sana deliberate on what to do, with Aphra ready to escape but Starros convinces get to help. Aphra sends Sana to find a way out whilst she throws herself into the line of fire, convincing Vukorah that she is the only one who can safely disengage the Nihil Hyperdrive from the test ship.

Lucky and Ariole manage to defeat their attackers from last issue and discover that there is is plan to destroy the Sixth Kin and so they go back to Wen Delphis for answers.

Aphra, under an intense amount of pressure as Sana brings a squad of Stormtroopers in from outside after freeing some hostages , manages to take the Crystal Core out of the hyperdrive and gets away just in time before the ship blows up.

The two of them are chased by Vukorah whom Sana manages to shoot in the eye (and she somehow survived). They go back to Domina and Aphra hands over the Crystal Core. Tagge gives them their next assignment, to get on board a luxury cruise and find a cousin of Domina before he can buy into some unknown venture.

Meanwhile, Wen Delphis explains to Luck and Ariole that someone within The Sixth Kin is leaking information, and all sources lead to the very same luxury cruise Aphra and Sana are heading towards.

I hate to say it, but the ‘Doctor Aphra’ series is very quickly losing me. The last two issues have been very lacklustre and drawn out when instead we could have had a pretty solid single issue finale last month and a worthy entry into ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ this month. Instead Alyssa Wong has overstretched one great story arc and rather than dive into a new one head first, dipped her toe into this massive crossover event., and it’s making me dubious for this series’ arc within the crossover.

I’m feeling very disappointed by this series, which had run on such a high note, for me the creative team was running on all cylinders but the last couple of issues have been so poor that the temptation to stop reading the series (I know that’ll put a dint in the content) but I can’t justify continuing to buy it it if I’m not enjoying what we’re getting. I’ll see how it fairs for the rest of the year, if maybe after ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ gives the series a bit of a boost.

For a second month running, I’ve been pretty unimpressed by the artwork as well and struggled to find a single panel to add to the post that remotely blew me away, however I did find this one pretty cool. If only to showcase the Stormtroopers actually hitting targets for once.

A lacklustre start to this series contributions to the ‘War of the Bounty Hunters’ and another disappointing issue for this series. I am really hoping that the team can bring it back to its former glory during/after this crossover event, but only time will tell.

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