Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #22 “The Catastrophe Con” Part 2
Writer: Si Spurrier
Pencils: Kev Walker
Inks: Marc Deering
Cover Artist: Ashley Witter
Colors: Java Tartaglia
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Aphra has a lot to deal with: prison, brain-sucking aliens, ghosts, and Darth Vader. But all that doesn’t look quite as bad when your ex-girlfriend and current girlfriend are about to meet.
Aphra leave Tolvan out in the open while she and Lopset go diving in an old Jedi grave. Aphra gets excited when she spots an old lightsaber, but realizes they are in trouble when she is finally confronted by the ghost of what may or may not be her dead mother. After Aphra lashes out at the ghost, Lopset notices a cluster of deadly hookspores that are a threat to everyone at Accreskor Jail.
Meanwhile, Tolvan, facing certain death, powers up her ship’s weapons to assault the jail’s defenses when her ship is disabled by none other than Sana Starros. The two end up in a brutal gun battle that ends when it comes to light that they are both there for Aphra.
Of course, it’s at this moment that Aphra emerges from the Jedi grave to come face-to-face with her current girlfriend and ex-girlfriend staring at her.
But before anything can happen, Aphra is taken away by a droid for another “interrogation” with the brain-sucking torture alien. But Aphra has one more trick up her sleeve.
What Mary Has to Say:
Sh*t keeps rolling downhill for Aphra. She’s struggling to keep herself from revealing everything she did with Darth Vader while she’s being tortured, trying to escape, and later will have to deal with both Tolvan and Starros. All of these issues are coming together so slowly and steadily that we just know that the climax of this arc will be explosive.
Spurrier’s script is paced incredibly and each of Aphra’s problems seems just as relevant as the others. Nothing really feels like a subplot and that’s the beauty of the issue. (Bonus points for all the L-word level lesbian drama).
Walker’s pencils are action-packed and fantastic. Pair it with Deering’s ink and Tartaglia’s colors and each page is amazing. Caramagna’s letters are the MVP here. I’m always amazed when letterers can place the dialogue so expertly around explosions and laser guns. Witter’s cover work is still beyond incredible and I genuinely have no idea why she is not doing covers for more books. I want to see her do a Superman or Wonder Woman cover.
All in all, this team works marvelously together.