Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #1 Review

Kieron Gillen has built up quite an impressive cast of new Star Wars creations over the past three years. This standalone issue allows Gillen and guest artists Marc Laming and Will Sliney to explore the murky past of Aphra’s oversized enforcer, Black Krrsantan. The result isn’t an essential addition to the ongoing series, but a fun romp all the same.

Thankfully, Gillen doesn’t make the mistake of trying too hard to humanize Krrsantan. There’s no tragic tale of a kindly Wookiee family man losing his wife and children or any of that. Instead, the theme of this issue revolves more around how that bloodlust has lurked within Krrsantan from the beginning, even before he became a cybernetically enhanced bounty hunter. Gillen certainly provides valuable insight into what motivates Krrsantan and his peculiar sense of Wookiee morality. But never does this issue try to suggest Krrsantan is anything other than a criminal and a killer. Some characters don’t need to be more complicated than that.

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