Star Wars: Captain Phasma #1 Review

Captain Phasma boasts what is easily among the most memorable character designs in the new Star Wars movies. Sadly, she fell into a grand tradition of Star Wars characters looking cool and doing little in The Force Awakens. But between the recently released Phasma novel and now this new Marvel miniseries, it appears that her stock is on the rise leading into Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

With Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma, Marvel’s goal isn’t to provide a sweeping, comprehensive look at the character’s background, but to tell a very specific story set in the immediate aftermath of The Force Awakens. Basically, this first issue answers two questions – how did Phasma escape the doomed Starkiller Base, and what did she do next? Writer Kelly Thompson is clearly taking a focused, efficient approach to this book. But given that one of the few things we know about Phasma is that she’s a very strict, no-nonsense commanding officer, that approach seems warranted. And the no-frills approach gives the comic an added sense of urgency that goes hand-in-hand with the looming destruction of Starkiller Base.

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