Welcome to Cover Girls. Each month, we gather a team of WWAC contributors to analyze a new and notable comic book cover featuring one or more women. This month, Wendy and Jameson share their thoughts on the cover of Doctor Aphra #8 by Joshua Swaby.
Wendy: I love it. Often, comic covers are so hung up on making the characters look perfect, either in heroic poses, peaceful repose, or epic showdown battle face. I love the realism of Aphra not giving a shit about how she looks because she is far more interested in not dying.
Jameson: I love it too and I agree that it feels so real! Honestly, I’m more blown away than I would have expected to see a woman not depicted as “sexy” on a comic cover, which just speaks to how uncommon that is. (Which is a shame, obviously, as women have a lot going on other than just being sexy, also obviously.) Also, I love Aphra and this is just so… her. I haven’t read this issue yet but I bet this art really conveys something about it, because Aphra is always getting into scrapes, and she’s always getting out of them by the skin of her teeth.
What do you think the artist is trying to achieve?
Jameson: Oh shit oh shit oh shit oh shit
What are they running from? (Wrong answers only)
Jameson: Twitter fanboys who are mad about lesbians in Star Wars.