Doctor Aphra #7: "The Screaming Citadel," Part III

'Star Wars is a setting that’s informed by many genres. There’s all these little bits and pieces here and there. So we’re focusing on this one very specific section and seeing what we can do with it in a Star Wars way. We really leaned into it as well. So by the end of the first episode it’s like, “Oh yeah! They’re totally doing gothic horror.” Than by the end of the crossover, it’s, “They really did Gothic Horror.”' - Kieron Gillen

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Journey Into Mystery 632: A boy and his dog

I recently went down a rabbit hole about the fabulous, foul-mouthed Thori. and since my dog can also be a yelling arsehole...
i give you the heartwarming story of seven Yule puppies. )

James Bond 007: Service

It’s explicitly a book about fading Empire. M16’s roots are in World War 2, and the core of the plot reaches back to there. What is Britain’s place in the world now? What does being British even mean? In a real way, it is a post-Brexit Bond. -- Kieron Gillen

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Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1

After several years of writing Star Wars, I submit, and it all goes None More Goth. -- Kieron Gillen

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Doctor Aphra #6

There is one thing in this story that is based on a very obscure bit of Legends material that I suspect people won’t spot. It’s so obscure that even long term Star Wars fans might not spot it and even then they probably won’t notice it until the end, because it’s a complete reimagining of a concept. I mean, to stress, it’s so obscure that I 100 percent don’t expect people to get what I’m building on. It’s just a good idea we’re giving a 21st century spin on. I expect readers to experience it just as this excellent thing that happens. -- Kieron Gillen

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Doctor Aphra #5

The book’s fundamental Indiana Jones quality come from the fact that it’s about an archaeologist in the Star Wars universe. The thing about the Star Wars universe is it’s really, really old. That’s kind of the thrill of it for me — taking a Star Wars thing and doing something you have not seen before with it. -- Kieron Gillen

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Doctor Aphra #4

'There’s a British TV show called “Fleabag.” Aphra is a bit like “Fleabag,” but in the Star Wars Universe. “Fleabag” is about this woman in her 20s who is just this moral monster. The stuff she does is utterly unforgivable, but also very funny to watch.' -- Kieron Gillen

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Uber: Invasion #4

'When I started writing Uber in 2008, that was coming from a “people are now now treating Nazis like cartoons, which bodes badly for the future, because if we don't remember what the Nazis were and why people supported them, it's more likely they'll be back” place. By now, that's a less hypothetical projection.' -- Kieron Gillen

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Doctor Aphra #3

"When I was sort of thinking about Aphra, the core of it was, Star Wars is about these archetypes. Archetypes, if you write them very badly, they become cliched. These very powerful, direct characters. You know, you’re not writing Proust. That’s not the point. The point is to be these big figures. A lot of my work was, 'Okay, in terms of Star Wars, what sorts of characters fit well into that universe?' And it was, 'Oh! The Indiana Jones archaeologist archetype.'" -- Kieron Gillen

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Doctor Aphra #2

"I didn’t see anyone in the latter group [people who thought Aphra should have died] who were women.

"One of Vader’s core stories - and the one with the most tension, as it’s the one whose end we don’t know - was the whole Vader/Aphra story. Is she going to die? I think the division over the end really comes down to who the reader thinks is having agency in the story. For the latter, I suspect they’d describe the Vader/Aphra story as 'Is Vader going to kill Aphra?' For the former, I suspect they’d describe the story as 'Can Aphra find a way to escape Vader?'

"When an escape plan was set up twenty one issues earlier, and the other building blocks for it arranged since, and Aphra’s squirmed between her divided loyalties for that whole time, I do think Aphra earned that escape. I think that removing her agency as a character in favour of a murderous, domineering man whose ego is sated by the rest of the story would have been bad and arguably sexist storytelling, as well as undercutting Vader’s own story by making his victory too simple."
--Kieron Gillen

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Doctor Aphra #1 - "Book I, Part I"

"For a longer time than I think people would realize, I was pretty sure she was going to die. It wasn’t actually anything to do with the fans’ response, it was just kind of the fundamental Darth Vader of it. You know what I mean? The biggest problem with the book was, I had all these characters I genuinely liked, and I made the mistake of putting them in the room with Darth Vader and they tended to not survive that experience. Aphra’s push and pull and whatever, and there was a point where I just kind of literally clicked, and I realized, 'Oh my God, she could survive.' As in, I know how she can get out of it." -- Kieron Gillen

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The Wicked + The Divine #18 - "Don't Call It a Comeback"

"Basically, if something can explode, it will explode. It's Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' video for five issues. It's all high heels and detonations, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we're enjoying making it." -- Kieron Gillen

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