Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #14 by Alyssa Wong

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020-) #14Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (2020-) #14 by Alyssa Wong
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is so frustrating. Alyssa Wong is finally writing some really good Aphra stories, she’s finally got a real grip on the character…and then it’s illustrated like this.

Look, Sabbatini’s art isn’t bad, it’s just not…Star Wars? It’s heavily manga influenced, very low in detail and very light on backgrounds. Which are all perfectly valid choices, stylistically. I just don’t think they really work here. And, Rachelle Rosenberg, who’s a consistently excellent colourist, really doesn’t quite know what to do with it. The Star Wars line, as a whole, has established a certain “house style” so to speak, and this kind of cartoony style doesn’t really fit. I feel mean saying this, and maybe this tyle could be executed brilliantly in a Star Wars comic…but it’s just not here.

Regular series artist Minkyu Jung returns next month, so hopefully this is just a temporary blip.

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