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Doctor Aphra #2 Reveals Exciting Things Are Ahead Surrounding Ancient Star Wars Lore

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by SWNN Probe, Dec 23, 2016.

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    Admittedly, I was a little puzzled why Marvel chose the character Doctor Aphra to fill the spot left vacant by the Darth Vader series. That's not to say I didn't think she was a great character, it's just that her story seemed extremely periphery when compared to the weight of those Vader issues. By the conclusion of that series, it seemed like Aphra's story was concluded. I thought we might see her pop-up in future Marvel titles, but I didn't think a title all her own was warranted. Well, with the release of issue two, I think I know exactly what Marvel and the Lucasfilm Story Group have in mind for Doctor Aphra. If you fancy yourself a Star Wars history buff, whether that be canon or Legends, you may want to start tuning in to Doctor Aphra. SERIOUS, SERIOUS SPOILERS AHEAD...





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    All you really need to know about the first issue is that Doctor Aphra is revealed to be something more of an archaeologist than a computer scientist. If you want to know what you missed, fellow staff member Jordan wrote a great review of issue one right here. There's a lot to get cover about this issue, so I'm not going to write too much about Aphra's recent history concerning Vader. I'm assuming if you are reading this review, you have a good idea of who Aphra is. At the conclusion of the first issue, Doctor Aphra comes face-to-face with her father. As you can see above, Aphra is not very pleased to see him, and we soon learn why.



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    Buckle up, as we are about to take a trip back in time. Even further back than 'A long time ago...'. The Ordu Aspectu is what has driven Aphra's father to the desperate man we meet. We learn that his obsession over the Ordu Aspectu drove him to abandon Aphra as a child, leaving her an orphan after her mother's death. The Ordu Aspectu is his life's obsession, and Aphra rolls her eyes aplenty when she learns what her father is after. What is the Ordu Aspectu? Well, like many important historical groups and events in our own world, this is very much open to interpretation.



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    According to papa Aphra, the Ordu Aspectu are a benevolent group of Force-users that seek immortality. It's not clear if they are Jedi that broke off from the Order in this singular pursuit, but the senior Aphra makes his disdain toward the Jedi very clear in his interpretation of the Ordu Aspectu's fate.



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    Does that look like a Jedi to you?  No, me either. According to elder Aphra, the Jedi showed up to persecute and threaten the Ordu Aspectu. His description involves the Ordu Aspectu resisting violence, despite the wicked Jedi murdering one of them. Because the Ordu Aspectu seem to believe eternity is something that must be achieved and is not simply granted through death, any member of their order lost is the loss of an eternity. The Ordu Aspectu managed to escape. The leader of the Ordu Aspectu, Rur, vanished into eternity. Aphra's father seeks out the Citadel of Garn and believes that he will awaken the Force if he can find it.



    If you think that interpretation sounds a bit naive and off the mark, don't worry, Doctor Aphra agrees with you. When has anyone trying to singularly achieve immortality through the Force ever found a peaceful method of doing so? Sure, Qui-Gon achieved this, but it was not for the purpose of immortality, it was to join the living Force. Yoda and Obi-Wan, and eventually Anakin, all followed...but they weren't out to live forever. Trying to cheat the fundamental, universal rule of death sounds a lot like a slippery slope. We've seen this before, folks. Aphra's father is not playing with a full deck, and as the doctor herself points out, the Ordu Aspectu's story was debated by Jedi and scholars, right down to the grammar. Here's Aphra's take on the same conflict.



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    This version seems to add up a little more in line with what I would expect. Heresy is a dangerous word, in my opinion. In religious and political contexts in our own history, the word has been used to justify torture and mass murder, so my eyebrow raises whenever I see that in text. However, the Ordu Aspectu have captured a large number of Padawans and are torturing them as a means to achieve their eternal living, which fits the bill for heresy in my book. The Ordu Aspectu were not hoping to achieve eternal enlightenment, they were hoping to control eternity itself. Aphra herself, admirer of Darth Vader, recognizes the dangers in awakening this ancient power. Her father convinces her that even if the Ordu Apspectu are as abhorrent as she thinks, there could be a powerful weapon in the Citadel of Garn. I don't think this is going to end well.



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    No matter how much of a spoiler junky you are you may want to read the issue yourself before reading any further. We are approaching uncharted waters, canonically speaking, and a planet that has a rich history under the Legends moniker of the Star Wars Universe may be on the precipice of getting a major rewrite. As I stated in the introduction, if you are someone who can't get enough of the history and lore of the galaxy far, far away, you owe it to your self to start following Doctor Aphra.



    This series has the potential to be amazing. Jordan and I (Jelena hasn't been able to read this yet) were pretty giddy in our email exchanges leading up to this review. The prospect that writer Kieron Gillen and the Lucasfilm Story Group are going to use the Doctor Aphra series as a way of exploring Star Wars history is very exciting. This series could uncover new stories and possibly bridge the vague gap between Legends and canon. I couldn't be happier with where this series is headed, especially when you get to the last page of issue two.



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    I'm also loving the art by Kev Walker and colorist Antonio Fabela. The frames of the Padawans being tortured are straight from a horror film. Not that I enjoy that kind of brutality, but Walker and Fabela's depiction affected me.



    If you haven't gotten it by now, I loved this issue and I'm falling in love with the series. Keeping my fingers crossed that this doesn't go off the rails the way a few Vader issues did. Doctor Aphra is here!





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    I don't care for Dr. Aphra but as a hardcore Star Wars comic book collector, long boxes and all, I'm glad I gave this book a chance. Haven't picked up #2 yet, I started picking up my books bi-weekly for a while now but thanks to your review I look forward to this issue.
     
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    I was not enthusiastic about the series when it was announced, but, if they will use her archeology background as a way to explore GFFA history, then this series could become very interesting.
     
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    So Stephanie from LazyTown is a f*cking Jedi now. Interesting.
     
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    I wonder if the Ordu Aspectu were part of the Hundred-Year Darkness, the conflict that birthed the Sith.
     
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    It could be, given that so many Sith (or at least Sidious and Plagueis) were interested in discovering the secret to eternal life.
     
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    Maybe the Empire, being ruled by Sith, is looking for the same thing on Yavin as the Aphras.
     
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    Well its is Palpatines secret and not so secret obsession....Its not him anymore...There is lore behind now.....Interesting...


    Anyone saw the crude medievil armor the Sith had? Was it selfmade or was it the technology of armor at this time? When was this all happening?
     
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    Lore establishes that the Sith were responsible for enslaving the race that populated Yavin IV - the Massassi - who built the planet's temples. I would be more surprised if they had the Empire do absolutely nothing with that plot thread after the Rebels evacuated the planet.
     
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    I imagine the Hundred-Year Darkness was a time when Jedi were falling to the dark side en masse. The Ordu Aspectu could have been one of the dark Jedi groups that popped up in this era. The Hundred-Year Darkness could have ended with all the dark Jedi groups meeting on Moraband and merging to form the Sith.
     
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    I'm gonna get a copy.
     
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    On the cover the little 'trodes are ascending up Aphra's arm from the wrist...but in the book they decend from the shoulder...

    ERROR!

    I like Aphra. But I think the droids are the true stand out characters. They are a great addition to canon.
     
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    --- Double Post Merged, Dec 31, 2016, Original Post Date: Dec 31, 2016 ---
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    "Heresy is a dangerous word"

    We don't want politically preaching one way or another we want what you thought of the story. I think it makes perfect sense, and adds realism to the SW galaxy.
     
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    So this comic is going to be Raiders of the Lost Ark... in a jungle... IN SPACE!
     
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    Apparently the Order of the Terrible Glare is already canon and exists in the Imperial Era. So the Order of the Terrible Glare may be something completely different, but the Ordu Aspectu picks up some of their fluff.
     
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    Maybe Aphra's father has incomplete information, so he got "Ordu Aspectu" instead of "Order of the Terrible Glare".
     
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    Well "Ordu Aspectu" has a very Latin sound to it- it's probably a Atrisian phrase. And assuming that Atrisian is the Star Wars version of dog latin, "Ordu" corresponds to "Ordo," which is "order," and "Aspectu" corresponds "Aspectus," which is "look, sight, appearance." So I'm not saying the Ordu Aspectu is the old version of the Order of the Terrible Gaze... but come on, guys. The coincidence is pretty uncanny.
     
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