Hello and good day you handsome/beautiful wookiees! Today I am writing from the future. Just last night I was able to go in the future to Wednesday, June 28th, 2023 and, while I can’t stay for long, I was able to read the last few pages of next week’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #33.
And on those pages was something interesting. You may even call it… weird.
But before I go into the details I wanted to post a spoiler warning. Below this warning, your feelings won’t be heard. Your hope for a spoiler free reading experience will vanish like your connection to the force around a gaggle of Ysalamiri.
In the final pages of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #33 a new creature appears Luke Skywalker and Doctor Aphra in an old forgotten Jedi temple. The creature had apparently been imprisoned there by Aayla Secura and Shaak Ti.
I admittedly have not read the full issue so I don’t have all of the context but on the final pages of the issue Luke and Aphra release… The Starweird.
So what the hell is that thing? What is “The Starweird?” The Starweird are a sentient species that can use the dark side of the force. Much like the Puurgil from Star Wars Rebels they lived out in open space and have been seen in hyperspace.
Much like a siren or classical depiction of a mermaid, they preyed on starships and spacer travelers by attacking their ships.
While they don’t speak, they can communicate telepathically and use this to their advantage when attacking ships by broadcasting a violently loud scream into their prey’s mind before attacking. Leaving them disoriented and defenseless.
The Starweird first appeared in the “Ultimate Adversaries” sourcebook for the Wizards of the Coast Star Wars Roleplaying game in 2004.
But Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3 will be their first appearance in a comic and the first time they’ve been mentioned in canon.
We did know that the Starweird were going to be in the Aphra series though. Two covers for Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #34 have the Starweird on the cover and were officially revealed at Star Wars Celebration 2023 in London a few months back. I particularly dig the Kyle Hotz variant. It’s incredible.
Anyway, here are all of the variants for THIS issue, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #33. I personally love the Aayla Secura variant by David Marquez. Long term and for my PC.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #33
(W) Alyssa Wong (A) Minkyu Jung (CA) Jung-Geun Yoon
LUKE SKYWALKER! A LOST JEDI TEMPLE! AND A GRAVE MISCALCULATION! APHRA has convinced LUKE that she can help him find long-lost secrets of THE JEDI! But she has other plans for him that include… DARTH VADER!!!
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