While the dissolution of Dark Horse's Star Wars canon proved to be a divisive move at the time, there's no denying that - almost three years on from the move to Marvel - things have changed for the better.
With Greg Rucka, Kieron Gillen, Jason Aaron, Charles Soule and more all leading the charge in the galaxy far, far away, Marvel's Star Wars stories have been granted a whole other level of quality, exemplified best in the main Star Wars series (written by Aaron), Darth Vader (Gillen), and of course Doctor Aphra, another Gillen work.
A spin-off from the writer's Darth Vader comic, Doctor Aphra centres around the eponymous character and her life under the employ of the Sith Lord. It's stellar stuff and, of all the characters to have been introduced to the canon in the wake of Disney's acquisition of the Star Wars license, she's undoubtedly the best.
The series has gone from strength to strength this year, and while Gillen is now dividing his time between Chelli Lona and the main Star Wars comic, there's little sign of it stopping, or of any other starbound comic usurping its place on this year's podium.