Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Captain Phasma #1

This review of Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Captain Phasma #1 contains minor spoilers.

It’s been a banner week for Captain Phasma: A new novel from Delilah S. Dawson and the first issue of a four-issue mini series from Kelly Thompson.

Not a bad way to begin the hype cycle for Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Both books provide a lot more depth into the character herself, something sorely lacking since her 2015 debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It was worth the wait, particularly with the Captain Phasma comic book.

That’s because Thompson, along with artist Marco Checchetto, colorist Andres Jose Mossa, letter VC’s Clayton Cowles and editors Heather Antos and Jordan D. White, have crafted a compelling lack at Phasma, a First Order force of nature whose devotion to discipline and duty is cemented together by a mortar that’s entirely questionable moral terpitude.

Phasma, it should be known, is not beyond lying or cheating or more to preserve her station in life and woe be unto any who dare cross her path, even unwillingly.

The format of this issue is brisk and frenetic, with Phasma’s details-oriented (certain events excluded) forming the narrative as she makes her way out of the trash compactor and across Starkiller Base as the weapon primes and the Resistance tries to put it, and everyone on the planet, out of commission.

What follows is a breakneck smorgasbord of action, laser blasts, aerial dogfights and subterfuge, masterfully illustrated by Checchetto and Moss, lending a sense of “you are there” reality amid the flowing forms and dazzling color.

The books throws some clever nods at the events toward the end of The Force Awakens, but leaves them hazy so as to not consume the primary story.

The plot is intriguing because we genuinely wonder: Is Phasma seeking a scapegoat for her poor performance at the hands of Finn, Han Solo and Chewbacca?

Or is the quarry she seeks — Lt. Sol Rivas — a traitorous First Order turncoat?

By the end of the four-issue run, we should know a bit of both.

Captain Phasma #1 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, listen to Comics With Kenobi #35, due out Oct. 3.)

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