Get Started In DOCTOR APHRA

Current Series  |  Latest Jumping-On Points  |  Compilations  |  1st Appearance  |  Origin Story  |  Main Publication History  |  Secondary Publication History  |  Key Storylines  |  Media Source Material  |  Key Issues

by snowbi-wan, updated May 2019

Doctor Aphra (Chelli Lona Aphra) is a mostly unscrupulous archaeologist with a specialty in droid and weapons technologies in the New Canon of the Star Wars Universe. Introduced in DARTH VADER [2015] #3, Vader hired her shortly after the Battle of Yavin to acquire a secret army of his own battle droids and other sundry, covert assignments. She fell out of favor with the Sith Lord at the completion of her tasks and was assumed dead upon Vader's order. She's an intriguing addition to the Star Wars cast. Created by writer Kieron Gillen, she was conceived as a sort of opposite of Indiana Jones. Indy seeks historically significant artifacts for academic purposes, while the equally knowledgeable Doctor Aphra seeks objects for profit. The character exists primarily in comic books, but has had a short story and a Hasbro action figure.

Related GSIs: BOBA FETTDARTH VADERSTAR WARS

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Current Series

This is a curated list of the most current series to help you get started with Doctor Aphra comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

Doctor Aphra first appeared in the first DARTH VADER series and spun off into her own self-titled series with other occasional appearances throughout the Star Wars comic book slate of titles.

PublisherFrequencySeries 
MARVELOngoingSTAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017](flagship character title)
MARVELAnnualSTAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA ANNUAL [2017]

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Doctor Aphra. Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Doctor Aphra.

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #29Quick ViewFeb 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #29   (WORST AMONG EQUALS, Part 4)IN STOCK$3.99
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #30Quick ViewMar 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #30   (WORST AMONG EQUALS, Part 5)IN STOCK$3.99
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #31Quick ViewApr 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #31   (WORST AMONG EQUALS, Part 6)IN STOCK$3.99
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #32Quick ViewMay 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #32   (UNSPEAKABLE REBEL SUPERWEAPON, Part 1 (start of a story arc))IN STOCK$3.99
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #33Quick ViewJun 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #33   (UNSPEAKABLE REBEL SUPERWEAPON, 2)IN STOCK$3.99
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #34Quick ViewJul 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #34   (UNSPEAKABLE REBEL SUPERWEAPON, 3)IN STOCK$3.99
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #35Quick ViewAug 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #35   (UNSPEAKABLE REBEL SUPERWEAPON, 4)IN STOCK$3.99
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #36Quick ViewSep 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #36   (UNSPEAKABLE REBEL SUPERWEAPON, 5)IN STOCK$3.99
      
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA ANNUAL #3Quick ViewOct 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA ANNUAL [2017] #3   (stand-alone story)PRE-SALE$4.99
$4.24
      
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #37Quick ViewOct 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #37   (A ROGUE'S END, Part 1 (start of a story arc))IN STOCK$3.99
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #38
Quick View
Nov 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #38   (A ROGUE'S END, Part 2)PRE-SALE$3.99
$3.39
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #39Quick ViewNov 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #39   (A ROGUE'S END, Part 3)PRE-SALE$3.99
$3.39
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #40
Quick View
Dec 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #40   (A ROGUE'S END, Part 4)PRE-ORDER$3.99
$2.59

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Doctor Aphra comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Doctor Aphra. The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

You might as well read the whole first DARTH VADER series, as Doctor Aphra in introduced there, has a support role then a small backup role to the end...plus, Vader's story is great!

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
DARTH VADER VOL 01: VADERQuick ViewOct 2015DARTH VADER [2015-TPB] VOL 01: VADER
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
DARTH VADER VOL 02: SHADOWS AND SECRETSQuick ViewJan 2016DARTH VADER [2015-TPB] VOL 02: SHADOWS AND SECRETS
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
STAR WARS: VADER DOWN Quick ViewApr 2016STAR WARS: VADER DOWN [2016-TPB]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
STAR WARS VOL 03: REBEL JAILQuick ViewAug 2016STAR WARS [2015-TPB] VOL 03: REBEL JAIL
1ST PRINT
  
IN STOCK$16.99
      
DARTH VADER VOL 03: THE SHU-TORUN WARQuick ViewAug 2016DARTH VADER [2015-TPB] VOL 03: THE SHU-TORUN WAR
1ST PRINT
  
IN STOCK$14.44
DARTH VADER VOL 04: END OF GAMESQuick ViewNov 2016DARTH VADER [2015-TPB] VOL 04: END OF GAMES
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL 01 : APHRAQuick ViewJun 2017STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017-TPB] VOL 01 : APHRA
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL Quick ViewOct 2017STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL [2017-TPB]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL 02: DOCTOR APHRA AND THE ENORMOUS PROFITQuick ViewFeb 2018STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017-TPB] VOL 02: DOCTOR APHRA AND THE ENORMOUS PROFIT
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL 03: REMASTEREDQuick ViewJul 2018STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017-TPB] VOL 03: REMASTERED
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL 04: THE CATASTROPHE CONQuick ViewJan 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017-TPB] VOL 04: THE CATASTROPHE CON
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL 05: WORST AMONG EQUALSQuick ViewJun 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017-TPB] VOL 05: WORST AMONG EQUALS
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL 06: UNSPEAKABLE REBEL SUPERWEAPONQuick ViewNov 2019STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017-TPB] VOL 06: UNSPEAKABLE REBEL SUPERWEAPON
  
UNAVAILABLE$10.39

1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Doctor Aphra, if it's within your budget. Although her name was mentioned in issue #2, Aphra first appeared in DARTH VADER [2015] #3 along with her assassin droids, Triple-Zero and Bee-Tee.

  • DARTH VADER [2015] #3  (1st appearances of Doctor Aphra, 0-0-0 (Triple Zero), BT-1 (Bee Tee))

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. The 'origin' of a superhero is typically the event or circumstances surrounding how they gained their powers and/or began fighting crime. Doctor Aphra is not a superhero character, however. She was created by writer Kieron Gillen and introduced in the first story arc of the DARTH VADER [2015] series, where we got the first bits of information about her. The first story arc in her self-titled series, DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #1-6, introduced her father and we got a few more bits about her history. But, aside from short bites, Doctor Aphra's origin is like any other person's--more of a long ongoing story all its own.

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Doctor Aphra comic books. Doctor Aphra was introduced in the pages of the DARTH VADER [2015] series. She appeared in the VADER DOWN crossover story arc and the REBEL JAIL story arc in the STAR WARS [2015] series before gaining her own self-titled series with associated annual.

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Doctor Aphra, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags. The issues listed in this section are predominantly non-variants (i.e. main covers).

Key Issue cover 1 for DOCTOR APHRAKey Issue cover 2 for DOCTOR APHRA
  • DARTH VADER [2015] #3   (1st appearances of Doctor Aphra, 0-0-0 (Triple Zero), BT-1 (Bee Tee))
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA [2017] #1   (1st issue of this series)