Comics from a Galaxy Far, Far Away 03: Freaking Aphra
So, last time in this series of articles I’m doing, I talked about the amazing first volume of the Darth Vader series and finished off by saying that the publisher should retire the Aphra character. Yes, this time, I’m about to talk about that.
Now, I might have said that I immensely liked Imperial Machine (that’s the name of the story arc), but in no way is it perfect or would I even consider it as something that has the makings of a classic comic book story. A classic Star Wars comic book story, perhaps, but that’s not too much of a compliment. In any case, the main reason that I think this story arc has its flaws is because of the introduction of the Dr. Aphra character. Pages and issues that would otherwise have been better off allotted to give Darth Vader more depth were instead used to show readers this new character that ultimately has no bearing on the whole canon at all.

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So, what the hell am I talking about? Who is this Dr. Aphra, anyway? Well, the character is a female human that happens to be this rogue space archeologist with a fetish for droids. And speaking of her freaky droid fetish, I won’t even talk about those two bizarro world R2-D2 and C-3PO knockoffs she has with her, both more annoying than Aphra itself. Going back to this space archeologist, it seems that nerds have received it well enough to grant the property a series of her own. But, then again, put a skirt and some boobs on a spiky dildo in front of a greasy, pockmarked nerd and they’ll buy the shit out of that.
I just find the whole introduction of the Dr. Aphra character to be excessive of Marvel and Disney. But, to be fair, what else would you expect from those companies? Some nerds, especially those pitiful keyboard warriors, probably like the property because of gender representation (Dr. Aphra is bisexual), and that’s probably the only redeeming quality it has; everything else is a poor, overbearing attempt at coming up with a badass girl who also happens to be a bisexual and looks vaguely Asian. Hell, you won’t be wrong to think this character checks all the social justice nutbag’s approval list.

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Now, I’m not saying I’m against representation. I am, however, saying that shoving it in my face is not the way to go. I mean, Princess Leia didn’t have to have an excruciating amount of quip and quirk to its character to become a badass (Dr. Aphra is portrayed as this cheery master thief with a death wish and an inability to shut the hell up); being bisexual or whichever of the 3,578 genders the world has come up with shouldn’t be a big deal (the revelation that Dr. Aphra and that other bounty hunter character’s previous romantic relationship looked like a desperate try to make a big deal out of a subplot that don’t have much bearing on the main one. If it’s not a big deal, then why set it up and reveal it that way?); and whatever ethnicity a character is shouldn’t matter (like I said, Dr. Aphra looked vaguely Asian. If you’re going to portray an ethnicity, go all in, but without falling into Jarjar levels of racism).
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