Doctor Aphra: The Engine Job Part 2

I love this series. There. I said it. Out of the three ongoing series I read (and not including’The High Republic as we are only one issue in) it has been consistently fantastic and this issue is no different.

Aphra finds Sana Starros on Corellia and spends the majority of the issue trying to convince Sana to help her get a meeting with Lady Proxima, leader of The White Worms Gang from ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’.

Sana kicks Aphra out of her apartment but finds Aphra outside the next morning and decides to help.

At the White Worms lair, they are granted an audience with Lady Proxima, who it turns out that Aphra already knew and had double crossed before, but her past transgressions are forgiven when she reveals to Proxima what she is looking for and hope that Proxima has information on (which she does).

Meanwhile, after finding out his gambling addicted brother is in over his head with a local crime boss, Just Lucky offers his services as an assassin to pay off his brothers’ debt.

Have I said how much I love this series? Oh, yes I did. There is so much great happening in every issue and this one is no exception, and for the most part it’s just people talking. In an apartment, and a corridor. The only really ‘Star Wars’ thing happens when they meet Proxima.

The relationship between Sana and Aphra is the focal point of this issue. Their past, which we get to learn about in Sarah Kuhn’s ‘Star Wars: Doctor Aphra’ Audio Drama that came out last year. It goes into how they first met, how their relationship developed and the inevitable break-up and in the few moments they were together in previous comics, Sana was always pretty cold, understandably. But now they are back under the same roof and Aphra needs Sana’s help, leading to the two of them having to work together on the job. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this plays out over the rest of this arc.

Getting to see The White Worms, so many year after the events of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ shows us how little life for the gang has changed. Lady Proxima is just as vile as she was in ‘Solo’ and the artists really bring her to life, so much so that I can hear her voice in all of her speech bubbles.

So far, this has been a consistently fantastic series and this issue is no exception, its definitely one of, if not my favourite series from the Marvel era.

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