Writer: Alyssa Wong
Penciler: Minkyu Jung
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 14, 2021
Reviewed by: Glimmer
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #12 – “Party Tricks” written by Alyssa Wong with pencils by Minkyu Jung is a tie-in to the Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event. In this issue, Doctor Aphra & Sana Starros go to Jekara to attend a gathering with the galaxy’s underworld power players to uncover information about the crime syndicate – Crimson Dawn. Although most of the attendees are present for the auction of carbonite frozen Han Solo, Aphra sets her sights on objects to steal for herself. After an encounter with a mysterious stranger, she sees someone who nearly killed her in the past, and tries to flee. Meanwhile, Lucky & Ariole come face to face with their old mentor whom they are commissioned to eliminate.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #12 is one of my favorite issues of this current series. It goes hand-in-hand with Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #2 and even has some of the same panels and dialogues, which helps readers understand why Aphra is at the gathering. This is also the first issue in the series that really feels like it belongs in the crossover event. Up until this point, Aphra has had no connection or interaction with characters in the other Star Wars monthly titles. It is this issue where we see Aphra interacting with some familiar faces. The story by Alyssa Wong is very good. She does a great job of mixing dialogue with action sequences. She takes her time in bringing the action into the story, but in this reviewer’s opinion, the dialogue and character development that comes before is important. It’s not until we get to the subplot starring Lucky & Ariole, that we get to a fight scene. But that’s ok because the pacing is well done. I also really like the artwork by Minkyu Jung and the coloring by Rachelle Rosenberg. Their work has been consistently good and this month’s issue is no exception!
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #12 is a fun, enjoyable tie-in to the Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters crossover event. It’s an issue that every reader of this Doctor Aphra series needs to pick up. It is also a good issue for readers who are following the Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters mini-series. If you enjoyed Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #2 … this is a must-read!