Star Wars: Rebels' Hera coming to comics, will cross paths with Doctor Aphra

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Jan 11, 2018

She was namedropped in Rogue One, she gave Han Solo what's what in a Forces of Destiny short, and now General Hera Syndulla of Star Wars: Rebels is coming to the Star Wars comic books. 

Everyone's favorite twi'lek pilot (voiced by Vanessa Marshall in the animated series) will appear in an upcoming issue of the Doctor Aphra comic. That particular title is an offshoot of Kieron Gillen's original Darth Vader comic series, and it features a rogue space archaeologist of dubious morals ... as well as a pair of murderous droids that make the T-1000 seem like a warm ray of sunshine. 

Marvel Comics has announced that the famous Rebellion general will cross paths with "Space Indy" in Issue #18 of Doctor Aphra's series. 

Courtesy of Marvel Comics

According to Marvel, the issue will continue to find Doctor Aphra being blackmailed by the aforementioned murder droids, Triple-Zero and Beetee-One. Running missions for these evil spins of Artoo and Threepio, the official synopsis says that "doesn’t mean she can’t cause trouble and have fun along the way! Sometimes that fun means infiltrating Rebellion training grounds … and sometimes that trouble means crossing paths with famed rebel Hera Syndulla herself!" 

For fans of Doctor Aphra, this is exciting because it means that she will be going up against a truly worthy opponent. For fans of Hera Syndulla, well, it's even better. Written by Kieron Gillen and Simon Spurrier, the book will feature art by Emilio Laiso. As the above cover (by Ashley Witter) shows a not-too-pleased General Syndulla (in cuffs) next to an all-too-gleeful Aphra, it may mean that the out-for-herself Doctor has gotten the better of the Phoenix squadron leader — but if Star Wars: Rebels has taught us anything, it is to never underestimate Hera Syndulla.

Though any crossover from the animated shows (or the films, of course) to the comics is exciting (the main series is currently revisiting Jedha in the aftermath of Rogue One), this one is of particular interest, as the events of this book take place after A New Hope and well after the (presumed) events of Star Wars: Rebels. Thanks to her appearance on Endor in Forces of Destiny, we know that Hera (and her beloved ship, The Ghost) survive at least through the events of Return of the Jedi. What her adventures during that long period may have entailed, however, is anyone's guess. 

Hopefully this will be only the beginning of Hera's continuation in the saga. Star Wars: Rebels is ending after this season, but appearances like this promise the Ghost crew still have some adventures left to come. She's not that old, either, so would the makers be so bold as to include her in Episode 9? That may be a stretch, but one can hope. Rebellions are built on that, after all. 

Doctor Aphra #18 will look for an "enormous profit" on March 28, 2018. 

Via: Marvel Comics