Friday, January 5, 2018

Modern Marvel: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #1 (12 Days of Bounty Hunter Covers)

Black Krrsantan, the Wookiee bounty hunter, has his background explored in Doctor Aphra Annual #1.  The story begins with a squad of five Trandoshan's slavers hunting Wookiees on Kashyyyk for the Xonti Brothers.  They come across an injured Wookiee tied to a tree when they are attacked.  Their attacker is Krrsantan who kills four of the slavers and asks the fifth to take him to his employers.  This story is being told by the surviving Trandoshan to a pair of reporters named Dixnet Nat and Domthro Rus.  Weeks later, the intrigued reporters arrive to interview Krrsantan.  Doctor Aphra pretends to be Krrsantan's agent and Krrsantan continues the story where the slaver left off.  Krrsantan volunteered to be taken to the Xonti Brothers, but they enslave him along with others.  The Xonti Brothers train and sell slaves to fight in the Pits.  The training is brutal and only two of the slaves survive, including Krrsantan.  The Xonti Brothers want to give the survivors an edge in the Pits, so Krrsantan undergoes surgery and has metal implanted into his hands making his fists lethal weapons.  While Krrsantan is telling his story to the reporters, Aphra, Triple Zero, and BeeTee break into their spacecraft so they can advertise an auction of the ancient Rur artifact on the Undervine network.  Krrsantan continues his story and he proves to be a capable fighter and showman in the Pits.  Dixnet Nat interrupts Krrsantan and offends him when she questions why he wants revenge on the Xonti Brothers for something he volunteered for.  An angry Krrsantan ends the interview and the reporters flee the planet quickly.&nbap; In space, Domthro Rus explains to Dixnet Nat that Krrsantan is not seeking revenge, but instead has a life debt to the Xonti Brothers that he can only repay by changing their lives like they changed his.  The pair also learn that they lost their Undervine posting permissions until they show they understand the Undervine network is not for advertising.  The story ends with Krrsantan competing in the Pits while Doctor Aphra, Triple Zero, and BeeTee watch.

Because the events are being conveyed as stories being told to the reporters, it is entirely possible some or all of the events may not be true.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (August 2017)
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (August 2017)
Phil Noto variant
Both the standard cover and the Phil Noto variant are very similar.

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