Doctor Aphra: The Engine Job Part 1

Aphra comes face-to-face with Domina Tagge after doing her best to avoid the Bounty Hunters sent after her.

After a great first arc, the adventure continues at a great pace. Told the story is bookended between Aphra’s arrival on Domina’s ship, The Acquisitor and the meeting between Domina and Aphra. The bulk is essential how Aphra evades various Bounty Hunters, including her former partner in crime, Black Krrsantan who informs her of the incredibly high price on her head, which in true Aphra fashion, she completely understands Black K’s motives. I imagine that further down the line they will work together again with no, to very little hard feelings.

Of course, Aphra does end up getting captured by Lucky and his Dr. Mandible looking associate and brought to Domina Tagge. Initially believing that her capture was due to her destruction of Ronan Tagge’s apartment and leaving Ronan for dead, it turns out that she was being tested by Domina on that job, and she passed it.

Domina has a mission for Aphra, to locate a device called a ‘Path Engine’, the one Domina has her eyes on is also of Nihil design. Aphra accepts the job and knows of one person she can turn to for help, Sana Starros.

A meeting between Domina and Aphra was inevitably going to happen after the events of the previous arc in the series, and rather than just dive in, we got an exciting issue full of action to counteract the dialogue heavy meeting.

And nice again, ‘The High Republic’ makes its way into the current timeline. Despite my excitement for the series, I do feel that the current series’ are relying quite a bit on items/locations from the upcoming publishing event as McGuffins for the heroes to find for whatever reason. Granted, we were meant to have already gotten the first wave of books from ‘The High Republic’ by now but they were delayed by COVID, however the reliance of ‘The High Republic’ in the current timeline may become tedious for those who don’t dive into that timeline.

I’m very much looking forward to the next issue, with the return of Sana Starros, who was first introduced in the first Star Wars run back in 2015 and she has made quite an impression on the fan base. My excitement may have to do with the expansion of their relationship as it was detailed in the ‘Doctor Aphra’ Audio Drama. The dynamic between Aphra and Sana has always been tense but now with more context I’m sure that whatever we get will be much more enjoyable.

A good issue that sets up the arc in a fun way with great action and fantastic interplay between the characters which leaves us wanting more with a well conceived reveal at the end.

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