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Update: Is Marvel Launching an Original Star Wars Series? Yes, yes they are.

Diamond announced its list of titles for 2016’s Halloween Comic Fest this morning, which included a curious addition: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1.  The freebie is an apparent reprint of Star Wars: Darth Vader #3, which introduced the character of Aphra–an evil archaeologist who functioned as a sort of inverted Indiana Jones for the Star Wars universe.  It’s a curious reprint, given that the Darth Vader series is coming to an end in August with issue #25.

However, the supporting character of Aphra has proven to be a fan-favorite, along with the psychotic droids BT-1 and 0-0-0 (evil versions of C-3PO and R2-D2).  Could Marvel be releasing this reprint as free advertising for an Aphra miniseries or ongoing?  No announcement has been made yet, but the move seems to be a logical replacement for the Han Solo miniseries finishing in a few months as well.  This could be another first for Marvel, as there has never been an ongoing Star Wars comic for an original, non-film character.  Dark Horse Comics certainly published a number of books that starred original characters, though none whose names featured in the title.  The closest it came was a one-shot for Jedi Aayla Secura, although Aayla had been incorporated into the films by that point.

PCU predicts that Marvel will be announcing a Doctor Aphra miniseries or ongoing in the coming weeks, possibly by Aphra’s creators Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larrocca.  Stay tuned!

Update: Marvel Comics has announced that there will be a Star Wars: Doctor Aphra series beginning December 7, 2016.

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Adam Frey is still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. In the meantime, he's an attorney and moonlights as an Emergency Medical Technician in Maryland. A comic reader for over 30 years, he's gradually introducing his daughter to the hobby, much to the chagrin of his wife and their bank account.
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