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Doctor Aphra
"And now for our devilishly clever plan to steal a robot womb factory off a homicidally broody alien queen."

Her name is Chelli Lona Aphra, AKA Doctor Aphra.

She studied to be an archaeologist, but what’s the point in finding treasure if you don’t sell it for a profit? This anti-Indy rogue fends for herself as she seeks out the rarest artifacts and meets one-of-a-kind characters along the way. Most of them want to capture or assassinate her, but that’s all part of the fun!

There’s no telling what sort of trouble Doctor Aphra will find herself in. Just call it a normal day on the job.

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Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Vader Down: (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Mike Deodato, Jr./Salvador Larroca
Marvel’s first Star Wars crossover event bridges Jason Aaron’s flagship title with Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader series. Vader Down sees Vader up against the entire Alliance army. How dangerous can he be if backed against a wall? It’s also brings together each comic’s main characters into a single story: from R2-D2 and Beetee One to Princess Leia and Doctor Aphra.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Star Wars (2015) Vol. 3: Rebel Jail (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Mike Mayhew
One of the best things in Star Wars Canon is seeing characters both original and new coming together to create a seamless universe where everything can coexist in the best intergalactic story ever told. Rebel Jail is a great example of that as Princess Leia encounters the notorious Doctor Aphra while Luke and Han go on an adventure of their own.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 1: Aphra (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Kev Walker
Doctor Aphra made her big debut in the 2015 line of Darth Vader comics, but fans loved her so much that she earned her very own series.What’s not to love about this twisted spin on a classic crew? Chelli Lona Aphra is what everyone loves about Han Solo and then some. You never know what she’s going to pull out of her sleeve and she has a crew that’s just as lovable. Imagine the polar opposites of Chewie, Threepio, and Artoo times ten. You’ll never read anything else so different yet so Star Wars at the same time.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 2: The Enormous Profit (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Kev Walker, Marc Laming
We’ve seen Chelli Aphra take on some wild adventures by the horns and come out of it alive (barely). The question now is how will she escape a deadly and sentient crystal gone rogue during her attempt to sell it to the highest bidder at her very own auction party? And in the midst of the chaos, a surprise visitor decides to join the fray. I guess that’s what Doctor Aphra gets for being greedy.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 3: Remastered (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Kieron Gillen,Simon Spurrier
Artwork by
Emilio Laiso
Aphra’s monotonous life as a rogue archeologist takes a turn in this exciting “remaster” of the instant-classic comic series. Things shake up a bit as friends now become foes which leads to new friends and...new foes? Whatever Doctor Aphra was expecting for her next job, getting involved with the Rebel Alliance was probably not on the list. But what can we say? It’s a small galaxy. The only consistent thing about Aphra’s life is that it’s unpredictable.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 4: The Catastraphe Con (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Simon Spurrier
Artwork by
Kev Walker

Rogue archaeologist Chelle Aphra is in hot water—an Imperial prison ship where she is close supervised at all times by guard droids. Despite her sketchy past, she might prove to be the Rebels' only hope. She teams up with a delightful crew consisting of a colorful and exesiential destroyer droid, a wimpy shapeshifter named Lopset, and ex-lovers Sana Starros and Imperial Inspector Tolvan. They’re on the run from Imperial authorities, a self-righteous lawman, the bloodthirsty droid Triple Zero, and even the psychotic ghost of a long-dead Jedi trapped in a fungus trapped in the hull of a crashed ship!

The characters of Doctor Aphra, Triple Zero, and BT-1 are first introduced in Kieron Gillen’s run on Darth Vader. When that series concluded, Aphra received her own solo series. This series is Si Spurrier’s run on these dark, twisted, and never boring characters.

Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 5 Worst-Among-Equals (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Si Spurrier
Artwork by
Emilio Laiso
If Star Wars and Saw ever had a crossover, it would probably be something like Doctor Aphra: Worst Among Equals. Chelli Aphra has to race against the clock to diffuse a bomb in her neck by skipping town while sticking with Triple Zero who is trying to kill her also while avoiding other bounty hunters who are trying to capture her. Oh, and the only way she can move is by hopping on one leg and breathing only through her nose with her eyes closed. Just kidding, but that’s probably what it feels like for poor ol’ Aphra.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 6: Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Simon Spurrier
Artwork by
Wilton Santos
Comprising a five-issue miniseries, Galaxy’s Edge provides readers a visual adventure through Disney’s Star Wars themed land in a story set between the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Fans encounter favorite characters like Han, Chewie, Hondo Ohnaka, and Doctor Aphra, while meeting newcomers like Dok-Ondar and Kendoh Voss. The series serves to deepen the already storied past of Black Spire Outpost, giving travelers another reason to marvel at the place on their next trip to Batuu.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 7: A Rogue's End (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Si Spurrier
Artwork by
Casper Wjingaard
All great trends come back around after a while, the same way Doctor Aphra finds herself caught in the Dark Lord’s menacing web once more. Back to the beginning, Chelli Aphra does what she can to survive the clutches of Darth Vader. Usually that means keeping him happy by doing what he says. Let’s see how long that lasts.
Canon
Canon
Audio Drama

Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original

Written by
Sarah Kuhn
Artwork by
Part of the
Since her introduction in Kieron Gillen's Darth Vader series from Marvel in 2015, Doctor Aphra caught fire in the fandom. With a morally grey rogue archeologist accompanied by murderous droids, what's not to love? Her story is filled with twists and turns, betrayal and romance, with more skin-of-your-teeth escapes than you ever thought possible, and now you can experience her introduction in a whole new way. Sarah Kuhn's adaptation of Aphra's arc in the Darth Vader comics smartly tells the story from her perspective, somehow recapping the 2015 comics without ever feeling like you were retreading old ground. This is one of the more unique, fun, and diverse stories in the galaxy.
Canon
Canon
Omnibus

Darth Vader (2015): Hardcover Omnibus Collection

Written by
Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Salvador Larroca, Mike Deodato, Jr., Leinil Francis Yu, Kaare Andrews
The Darth Vader (2015) long-running comic by Marvel is one of the most talked about Canon series to date. Kieron Gillen takes you under the ominous helmet for an inclusive look into the Sith Lord’s innermost thoughts. On top of getting some one-on-one time with everyone’s favorite villain, the Darth Vader series introduces new characters along the way, one of them becoming popular enough to warrant her own line of comics.
Canon
Canon
Audio Drama

Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original

Written by
Sarah Kuhn
Artwork by
Part of the
Since her introduction in Kieron Gillen's Darth Vader series from Marvel in 2015, Doctor Aphra caught fire in the fandom. With a morally grey rogue archeologist accompanied by murderous droids, what's not to love? Her story is filled with twists and turns, betrayal and romance, with more skin-of-your-teeth escapes than you ever thought possible, and now you can experience her introduction in a whole new way. Sarah Kuhn's adaptation of Aphra's arc in the Darth Vader comics smartly tells the story from her perspective, somehow recapping the 2015 comics without ever feeling like you were retreading old ground. This is one of the more unique, fun, and diverse stories in the galaxy.
Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original. It will expand upon Doctor Chelli Aphra's introduction in Marvel Comics 2015 Star Wars: Darth Vader comic series. Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra, rogue archaeologist, is in trouble again. A pioneer in the field of criminal xenoarchaeology, Aphra recognizes no law, has no fear, and possesses no impulse control. To her, the true worth of the galactic relics she discovers isn't found in a museum but in an arsenal. This viewpoint has led to a lot of misunderstandings. After her latest plan goes horribly wrong, her roguish ways are on the verge of catching up to her, when suddenly Darth Vader, terror of the galaxy, swoops in with his lightsaber ignited and...saves her life? Don’t get her wrong - it's not like she's ungrateful. Sure, her new boss is a lord of the Sith. And okay, she may have just become a pawn in a deadly game being played by him and HIS boss, who happens to be the Galactic Emperor. And yes, the life expectancy of anyone who disappoints Vader can be measured in seconds. But she's back doing what she does best. She's got a ship to fly, a heist to pull, and two unorthodox but effective metal buddies: Triple-Zero, a protocol droid specializing in etiquette, customs, translation, and torture; and BT-1, an astromech loaded with enough firepower to take down a battlecruiser. Together, they might just find a way to get the job done and avoid the deadly performance review that waits at its conclusion. Just kidding. She's doomed.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 1: Aphra (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Kev Walker
Doctor Aphra made her big debut in the 2015 line of Darth Vader comics, but fans loved her so much that she earned her very own series.What’s not to love about this twisted spin on a classic crew? Chelli Lona Aphra is what everyone loves about Han Solo and then some. You never know what she’s going to pull out of her sleeve and she has a crew that’s just as lovable. Imagine the polar opposites of Chewie, Threepio, and Artoo times ten. You’ll never read anything else so different yet so Star Wars at the same time.

Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he'll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it's time for a return to what she does best. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she's off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra's got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!

Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 2: The Enormous Profit (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Kev Walker, Marc Laming
We’ve seen Chelli Aphra take on some wild adventures by the horns and come out of it alive (barely). The question now is how will she escape a deadly and sentient crystal gone rogue during her attempt to sell it to the highest bidder at her very own auction party? And in the midst of the chaos, a surprise visitor decides to join the fray. I guess that’s what Doctor Aphra gets for being greedy.

Aphra's back with a brand-new plan that's guaranteed to pay! There's just one teensy problem... it involves surrounding herself with some of the galaxy's biggest baddies. And they don't like the not-so-good doctor's tricks! Her mission to make quick credits by auctioning off an ancient Jedi artifact will start well... and end badly. And that's just when a dark figure from Aphra's past decides to make an appearance! Plus, a solo focus on Aphra's Wookiee shadow, Black Krrsantan! Find out why this beastly bounty hunter is as frightening as they say... and then some!

Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 3: Remastered (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Kieron Gillen,Simon Spurrier
Artwork by
Emilio Laiso
Aphra’s monotonous life as a rogue archeologist takes a turn in this exciting “remaster” of the instant-classic comic series. Things shake up a bit as friends now become foes which leads to new friends and...new foes? Whatever Doctor Aphra was expecting for her next job, getting involved with the Rebel Alliance was probably not on the list. But what can we say? It’s a small galaxy. The only consistent thing about Aphra’s life is that it’s unpredictable.
Simon Spurrier takes the reins as rogue archaeologist Doctor Aphra jumps to light speed and accelerates into the next chapter of her life! Aphra is used to being in way over her head - but this time she's not alone! Who else is caught up in her latest misadventure? Let's hope they're friendly...otherwise Aphra may have finally bitten off more than she can chew!
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 4: The Catastraphe Con (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Simon Spurrier
Artwork by
Kev Walker

Rogue archaeologist Chelle Aphra is in hot water—an Imperial prison ship where she is close supervised at all times by guard droids. Despite her sketchy past, she might prove to be the Rebels' only hope. She teams up with a delightful crew consisting of a colorful and exesiential destroyer droid, a wimpy shapeshifter named Lopset, and ex-lovers Sana Starros and Imperial Inspector Tolvan. They’re on the run from Imperial authorities, a self-righteous lawman, the bloodthirsty droid Triple Zero, and even the psychotic ghost of a long-dead Jedi trapped in a fungus trapped in the hull of a crashed ship!

The characters of Doctor Aphra, Triple Zero, and BT-1 are first introduced in Kieron Gillen’s run on Darth Vader. When that series concluded, Aphra received her own solo series. This series is Si Spurrier’s run on these dark, twisted, and never boring characters.

Simon Spurrier takes the reins as rogue archaeologist Doctor Aphra jumps to light speed and accelerates into the next chapter of her life! Aphra is used to being in way over her head - but this time she's not alone! Who else is caught up in her latest misadventure? Let's hope they're friendly...otherwise Aphra may have finally bitten off more than she can chew!
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 5 Worst-Among-Equals (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Si Spurrier
Artwork by
Emilio Laiso
If Star Wars and Saw ever had a crossover, it would probably be something like Doctor Aphra: Worst Among Equals. Chelli Aphra has to race against the clock to diffuse a bomb in her neck by skipping town while sticking with Triple Zero who is trying to kill her also while avoiding other bounty hunters who are trying to capture her. Oh, and the only way she can move is by hopping on one leg and breathing only through her nose with her eyes closed. Just kidding, but that’s probably what it feels like for poor ol’ Aphra.
Doctor Aphra - worst among equals! On the run from the law in a massive alien metropolis, Aphra has ten hours to cross the hostile megacity before the bomb implanted in her throat explodes. And don't forget the pack of bounty hunters and crazed cops that are on her tail. No big deal, right? But there's one more wrinkle - Aphra can't stray more than a few paces from her companion without activating the bomb's proximity alert and blowing both of them up. And that companion is Triple-Zero, a sadistic murderous droid who's more interested in Aphra's death than in playing nice... Tune in for a brand-new manic misadventure starring the galaxy's foremost amoral archaeologist!
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 6: Unspeakable Rebel Superweapon (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Simon Spurrier
Artwork by
Wilton Santos
Comprising a five-issue miniseries, Galaxy’s Edge provides readers a visual adventure through Disney’s Star Wars themed land in a story set between the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Fans encounter favorite characters like Han, Chewie, Hondo Ohnaka, and Doctor Aphra, while meeting newcomers like Dok-Ondar and Kendoh Voss. The series serves to deepen the already storied past of Black Spire Outpost, giving travelers another reason to marvel at the place on their next trip to Batuu.
After a year of close shaves, Doctor Chelli Aphra is taking it easy and lying low. Probably herding banthas or something. She's smart like that, right? No, not really. The galaxy's shadiest archaeologist is back doing what she does best: busting into alien temples to steal horrifying weapons for huge profit. She just can't stop herself. But plenty of other people could. Powerful factions are watching closely: Rebel and Empire, familiar and strange - all calculating whether Aphra's more useful alive...or dead.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 7: A Rogue's End (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Si Spurrier
Artwork by
Casper Wjingaard
All great trends come back around after a while, the same way Doctor Aphra finds herself caught in the Dark Lord’s menacing web once more. Back to the beginning, Chelli Aphra does what she can to survive the clutches of Darth Vader. Usually that means keeping him happy by doing what he says. Let’s see how long that lasts.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Book VIII: A Rogue's End is the eigth story arc of Marvel Comics' ongoing series Doctor Aphra. The arc will be written by Simon Spurrier.
Canon
Canon
Omnibus

Darth Vader (2015): Hardcover Omnibus Collection

Written by
Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Salvador Larroca, Mike Deodato, Jr., Leinil Francis Yu, Kaare Andrews
The Darth Vader (2015) long-running comic by Marvel is one of the most talked about Canon series to date. Kieron Gillen takes you under the ominous helmet for an inclusive look into the Sith Lord’s innermost thoughts. On top of getting some one-on-one time with everyone’s favorite villain, the Darth Vader series introduces new characters along the way, one of them becoming popular enough to warrant her own line of comics.

Star Wars: Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca Omnibus is a hardcover compilation that collects all 25 issues of the 2015 Marvel comics series, Star Wars: Darth Vader, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca. It also contains the annual written by Gillen with art by Leinil Francis Yu. Three issues written by Jason Aaron for the Star Wars: Vader Down crossover are also included: Vader Down, Part I and Star Wars issues 13–14.

One of the greatest antagonists in all of fiction rises again! Fresh from a stinging defeat at the hands of the Rebel Alliance, Darth Vader must reassert the Empire's iron grip on the galaxy. But will his personal desire for vengeance against the young Jedi who destroyed the Death Star distract from Vader's duty to the Emperor? As a fateful quest begins, the Dark Lord of the Sith will face fresh threats to his power. And, as other villains old and new play their part - from Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt to diabolical debutante Aphra and the killer droids Triple-Zero and BeeTee - will Vader's Imperial march continue, or will his schemes prove his undoing?

  • First Printing September 19, 2017. US hardcover. ISBN 9781302908218
  • Second Printing April 12, 2022. US hardcover. ISBN 9781302934040
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Vader Down: (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Mike Deodato, Jr./Salvador Larroca
Marvel’s first Star Wars crossover event bridges Jason Aaron’s flagship title with Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader series. Vader Down sees Vader up against the entire Alliance army. How dangerous can he be if backed against a wall? It’s also brings together each comic’s main characters into a single story: from R2-D2 and Beetee One to Princess Leia and Doctor Aphra.

Two of the biggest titles in comics collide in the first crossover of the new Marvel age of Star Wars! When Darth Vader accidentally finds himself facing off against the Rebel Fleet on his own, he is sent crashing onto a nearby planet. Will the Rebels seize this opportunity to put an end to one of their greatest enemies – or will they be made to feel the full power of the Dark Side? The Sith Lord may be down, he isn't out! All your favorites are here, old and new, good and evil: Luke! Vader! Leia! Aphra! Han! Threepio, Artoo, Triple-Zero and BT-1! And, in a hair-raising battle of the Wookiees, Chewbacca versus Black Krrsantan! Roooarrgh ur roo!

COLLECTING: STAR WARS: VADER DOWN 1, STAR WARS 13–14, STAR WARS: DARTH VADER 13–15

Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Star Wars (2015) Vol. 3: Rebel Jail (Trade Paperback)

Written by
Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen
Artwork by
Mike Mayhew
One of the best things in Star Wars Canon is seeing characters both original and new coming together to create a seamless universe where everything can coexist in the best intergalactic story ever told. Rebel Jail is a great example of that as Princess Leia encounters the notorious Doctor Aphra while Luke and Han go on an adventure of their own.
What comes next for the rebels after the events of VADER DOWN? Find out as the adventures of Luke Skywalker and friends continue! The Rebel crew are en route to a prison base with a very important captive. But, unlucky for them, they aren't the only ones with their eyes on this prize! Plus: Meet a rebel spy at the heart of the Empire, and join him on a mission of life and death!