Doctor Aphra: Star Wars’ Island of Misfit Toys

Hey everyone, and welcome to the Sarlacc Pit! In several past posts I have referenced the Marvel series Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. This series is a direct continuation of Marvel’s first canonical run of Star Wars: Darth Vader and follows the adventures of Doctor Aphra, a rogue archeologist (only in Star Wars does that phrase make sense) trying to keep her head low, avoid her former employer (Darth Vader), and make some fat stacks along the way. Since this series is Marvel’s first canonical series focused on a Marvel-original character, it has a lot more wiggle room than other series focused on long time Star Wars heroes and villains (especially considering that these days one wrong move can be rewarded with some pretty obnoxious angry fans). The writers of this series take full advantage of this wiggle room, making this series one of the most imaginative in current canon. This week, I am going to discuss a portion of some of the wild things that you can find within the pages of Marvel’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. As usual, this post contains spoilers, so read at your own risk!

The Decraniated

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Caysin Bog, one of Doctor Aphra’s team of misfits

You can actually see some of these poor creatures in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” along with a cameo of their creator, Dr. Cornelius Evazan. Caysin Bog was blown to pieces during an insurgency strike on Jedha. There, Dr. Cornelius Evazan (going by Roofoo), pieced him back together….minus the head. These things happen.

Exploding Tookas

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Meet Flufto, Aphra’s pet (exploding) tooka.

Of course, no self-respecting rogue archaeologist ever leaves their home planet without an adorable pet. If that pet is a clone and happens to explode on command, then so be it. Doctor Aphra has cloned several tookas (named Flufto), and often uses them as distractions for escapes.

The Eternal Rur

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Ok, maybe releasing a technopathic immortal Jedi spirit in a room filled with technology was a bad idea.

As a rogue archaeologist, of course Doctor Aphra is interested in finding the remains of the Eternal Rur, the copy of a Jedi’s intellect kept in a glowing green crystal who turned on its creator. The Eternal Rur, once released from its containment, had the ability to control any technology it came in contact with. Also, it turns out it was really into killing people.

Vampires

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Ok, so this was found in the crossover event Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel, where Luke Skywalker teamed up with Doctor Aphra to meet with the queen of Ktath’atn (which translates to the screaming citadel) to have her activate the crystal containing the Eternal Rur (which turned out to be a bad idea). Turns out the Queen has stayed very young despite her old age due to her ability to suck the life force out of her subjects. Life-sucking vampires, now Star Wars canon.

Chthonic Worm Gods

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Because why not have Imperials accidentally destroy a totem that summons an elder god? Star Wars is a little bit stranger with this story line as canon.

Crime Boss Murder Droids

000 Master

So 0-0-0 and BT-1 got their debut in Star Wars: Darth Vader alongside the good Doctor Aphra. However, things take a dark turn in Aphra’s world after 0-0-0 takes over a crime ring and blackmails Aphra into its service. 0-0-0’s mission: to regain its missing memories from its time in the Tarkin Initiative. Why? Because it has forgotten so many glorious murders and tortures. Looks like the psychopathic servant has become the psychopathic master.

Conclusion

This is just scratching the surface, I haven’t even mentioned the lobotomized strong woman, the psychotic droideka, or the time someone kills and skins another sentient creature and wears the skin as a disguise. Doctor Aphra is one crazy ride, and I have loved every second of it. If you like the stranger creatures in the background of Star Wars movies, I highly recommend picking up this series at your local comic book shop!

That’s all for this week! For my next post I plan on talking about a familiar face to those who are big fans of Legends canon. Last year I posted about Grand Admiral Thrawn in preparation for his entrance into canon. Now that his run in “Star Wars: Rebels” has ended, and a sequel to Star Wars: Thrawn will be released soon, I want to talk about Thrawn’s impact on current canon, and whether or not he lives up to the hype he had in Legends. Until then, thank you for reading, and may the Force be with you!

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