Months before The Force Awakens premiered, Asian representation in Star Wars took a major stride forward outside the entrance to a massive armory with multiple blasters leveled at a rogue archaeologist. Her name was Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra and all she wanted to do was liberate weapons of mass destruction from a dust collecting fate. Aphra, as her many fans reference her, was introduced in Marvel’s Darth Vader no. 3, written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Salvadore Larocca, as a soon to be henchwoman for the eponymous Dark Lord of the Sith for the twenty-five issue run of the series. Envisioned as an amoral mirror of Indiana Jones, Aphra was drawn as an identifiable Asian woman, representing one of the first times in the current canon that someone of that community was presented as part of the Star Wars universe.