When Marvel first launched its most recent line of Star Wars comics, it was obvious it would be big business for the publisher, but few would have correctly guessed that an original character not from the films would prove so popular as to get their own ongoing series. However implausible years ago, this December sees the launch of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 by Kieron Gillen and Kev Walker, and Marvel have provided us with a first look at the first issue.

Doctor Aphra was created by Gillen and Salvador Larroca in the pages of Darth Vader and served as Vader's right-hand woman as he operated in secret away from The Emperor's spies and lackeys. Now, thought dead by Vader, Aphra is getting back to her old line of work as a galactic archeologist of sorts, all while trying to stay under the radar in case the Sith Lord discovers her survival.

Check out the preview below:

 

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Here's Marvel's description of the series and official solicitation information:

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 (OCT160975)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by KEV WALKER
Cover by KAMOME SHIRAHAMA
Variant Covers by ELSA CHARRETIER (OCT160977) and JAMIE MCKELVIE (OCT160976)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160980)
Story Thus Far Variant by SALVADOR LARROCA (OCT160979)
Droids Variant by ROD REIS (OCT160978)
Blank Variant Also Available (OCT160981)

Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he’ll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it’s time for a return to what she does best. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra’s got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!
FOC – 11/14/16, On-Sale – 12/7/16