Captain Phasma #1

Age of Resistance – Captain Phasma #1

Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Leonard Kirk
Inker: Cory Hamscher
Colorist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Age of Resistance – Captain Phasma #1 isn’t the first Phasma comic we’ve gotten from Marvel, and while it doesn’t reveal anything about her backstory, her future or her fate, it does help clarify her identity and character. As the poster child of the First Order, fans have to weigh this character with her actions on film. Most notably how she caved on Starkiller Base and took down the shields, thus allowing the Resistance to win the battle. This comic helps clarify the seeming contradictions of her personality.

This issue showcases a battle on a planet called Demir, The Iron Planet. Phasma leads the ground troops on a attack against the local populace which appears to be very heavily armed and armored. They put up quite a fight. During the battle, one particular First Order trooper is focused on, and through her, we learn more about Phasma and the troops that follow her. The trooper struggles with the concept of leaving fellow comrades behind or leaving them to die. Phasma tries to instill the lesson that troops are expendable, that sacrifices have to be made in order to win the battle. The trooper tries to learn these lessons, and in the process is promoted. However, the final lesson cost her her life. Phasma lays it out as plain as day – “I am not afraid to do what needs doing. Nor am I a fool or a zealot. I do not lead from the front. I lead as all great leaders do…from behind a disposable shield of patriotic idiots…I am a survivor. And you are just another nameless. fallen gun.” That bit of dialog perfectly nails and capsulizes what Phasma is. It’s a great bit of writing from Tom Taylor.

The artwork in this issue isn’t too bad, but it’s not anything that raises the bar. It gets the job done, captures the action and the emotions of the characters, and is easy to follow. It’s perfect and form, just missing some extra detail and polish.

With excellent writing, a good story, and good artwork, I give Captain Phasma #1 a five out of five metal bikinis. I think this issue is worth picking up, even if Phasma’s story is over, as it really does capture the nature of the character in one quick little story.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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