Captain Phasma #1

Captain Phasma #1 (of 4)

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Paul Renaud

Captain Phasma #1 begins in the garbage chute with a countdown to Starkiller’s weapon being fully charged. The events are narrated by Phasma as she recounts what happened in those final moments. She’s the definition of an unreliable narrator. You see, she has a secret to keep.

In The Force Awakens, we didn’t see Captain Phasma do very much. She barked orders, looked awesome in her armor, and then lowered the shields on Starkiller base thus enabling the Resistance to win the battle and destroy the weapon. She sacrificed victory for survival. However, with a lease on life, she also needed to cover her tracks. Thus Captain Phasma #1 reveals how she went back to the very computer terminal where she lowered the shields, and erased all evidence of her betrayal. Yet erasing the data would not be enough as someone else also accessed those files. From there, covering her tracks turned into hunting an enemy. The hunt leads her outside the base where she is a brief witness to Kylo and Rey fighting in the woods. Her quarry flees in a TIE fighter, forcing her to requisition a pilot and her own TIE as they all head to space right as Starkiller base explodes. There, the issue ends, showing how she escaped, but not yet revealing how she caught her scape goat.

There not a lot of writing in this issue and very little dialog. Most of it is narration, which is pretty straight forward and dry. It’s interesting to see how Phasma decided to cover her tracks, but it doesn’t dive too much into her head since the narration is her official report on the situation. The story itself lends to a lot of action as the base is being destroyed and the entire planet is falling apart. With the scape goat on the run, the whole thing is a chase story.

The artwork is okay, but it’s nothing outstanding. There’s a variety of colors, the panels are well lit, there’s lots of detail, and it does a good job of conveying the action, but there aren’t many–if any–panels that make you stop and stare in awe at the artwork. It gets the job done, though.

Overall, I give this issue a three out of five metal bikinis. It’s not a bad comic, but as of yet, it’s not accomplishing a whole lot. With three more issues to go, there’s a chance that could change. One thing I do like about the story, though, is how well it ties in with the novel Phasma. The characterization of the character in both works is so far a seamless match.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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