Star Wars certainly is all about the bounty hunters lately. Rumors abound regarding who will appear in The Book of Boba Fett at the end of the year. Then, of course, Cad Bane of Dave Filoni’s The Clone Wars made a surprising return in last week’s episode of The Bad Batch. The real focus, however, is in the ongoing, massive, cross-over Marvel Comics event, War of the Bounty Hunters. The hunt for Han Solo is on, spilling over from the pages of the limited series into the main Star Wars comic, as well as Doctor Aphra. As we previously reported, it’s in the latter that a Tartakovsky Clone Wars favorite comes back to the franchise. Yes, Durge is indeed back, and we just got a sneak peek at his return.
The bounty hunter was one of the biggest highlights of Genndy Tartakovsky’s original, 2D Clone Wars. Heralded for its simple yet innovate animation style, the 2003 animated series gave birth to a multiple, mainstream characters Star Wars. Grievous and Asajj Ventress immediately come to mind. The series also included the hulking Durge. Armor-clad from head to toe, the Gen-Dai shape-shifter was the scourge of the galaxy. HE continues in that vein in his new, canon story line in Marvel Comics’ Doctor Aphra #11.
Durge returns to Star Wars in Doctor Aphra comic
In these preview panels courtesy of starwars.com, Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra teams up with Sana Staros in search of, you guessed it, Han Solo. Of course Durge appears at exactly the wrong time. Aphra tries to handle things in typical, Aphra style… You can guess how that goes.
True to his origins, the character retains his massive form, and equally massive weapons. Artist Minkyu Jung perfectly captures the Durge we met twenty years ago. You can see his return to action in Doctor Aphra #11, when the issue arrives June 30.