Captain Phasma #1
JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI - CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 BY KELLY THOMPSON, MARCO CHECHETTO, AND ANDRES MOSSA
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CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 is the first comic in a new series which promises to bridge the gap between the FORCE AWAKENS and THE LAST JEDI. Kelly Thompson's terrific characterization of the titular hero alongside Marco Chechetto and Andres Mossa's phenomenal art makes CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 not only a great STAR WARS comic, but a great comic in general.
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Oh Captain, My Captain!

It’s September, which means it’s that time of the year again: STAR WARS marketing season. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI comes out in less than four months. Disney and Lucasfilm are determined to alert every person from pole to pole that this movie is on its way. As part of this marketing campaign, Marvel has released JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – CAPTAIN PHASMA #1. For both STAR WARS and general comic fans, this is an important issue that is worth checking out!

CAPTAIN PHASMA #1
CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 pg. 2. Image Courtesy of Marvel Comics

This new series promises to bridge the gap between THE FORCE AWAKENS and THE LAST JEDI. It focuses on the First Order’s Phasma in the direct aftermath of THE FORCE AWAKENS. In CAPTAIN PHASMA #1, Kelly Thompson writes an exciting, dynamic comic that works wonderfully alongside 2015’s most popular film. The actual plot of this issue is pretty straightforward, but this actually helps the reader focus on the amazing action and detailed pages in this comic. The art and coloring by Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa respectively are lively and majestically capture the feel of the epic space opera completely.

READ: Get caught up in the events of THE FORCE AWAKENS with this new adaptation from IDW! 

First Order Fury

When Captain Phasma first appeared in the trailers for THE FORCE AWAKENS, people were instantly drawn to her cool costume and badass demeanor. Star Wars fans were clamoring to see what this new, fierce Stormtrooper would bring to the table. After all, Gwendoline Christie, Brienne of Tarth herself, plays the masked commander. However, once the movie came out, many were disappointed to find out that Phasma had a minor role at best.

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STAR WARS PHASMA #1 pg. 3. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Kelly Thompson’s CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 is the beginning of an attempt by Lucasfilm to develop this character better than how she was in THE FORCE AWAKENS. This comic tries to show that Phasma is a capable, formidable opponent for the Resistance. Unlike the film, this comic shows Phasma in action as she escapes Starkiller Base before its inevitable destruction. Some of the feats that Phasma is able to accomplish in this comic are a bit inconsistent with her portrayal in the film. She comes off as more of a superhero than the person who Finn, Chewbacca, and Han Solo easily surprised and tricked. This doesn’t bother me too much since the comic genre often has much more grandiose action than films.

READ: Why should you read more Kelly Thompson comics? Look at this article about Kelly Thompson’s HAWKEYE to find out!

Much of the reason this comic succeeds is due to Kelly Thompson’s writing. While the plot blandly focuses on Phasma traveling across the besieged Starkiller Base, the simplicity of the story allows Thompson to concentrate more on Phasma’s character. Thompson proved her capability in writing strong female characters in her HAWKEYE run. Now she writes about a totally different character from Kate Bishop but with the same amount of prowess and reverence. Writing Phasma seems hard since she is a woman of few words. Thompson makes Phasma’s personality abundantly clear through her decisive and daring actions. From the first panel, the reader understands everything they have to know about Phasma.

Art in CAPTAIN PHASMA #1

One of the big questions I have going into every STAR WARS comic is whether it evokes the feeling of a STAR WARS movie. A lot of this “feeling” is based on the tone of the comic. Another large amount of this STAR WARS feeling comes from the art in the book. Do the coloring, lighting, creatures, and setting look like they do in a Galaxy Far Far Away? As far as CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 goes, they absolutely nail the style and aesthetics of STAR WARS. The credit goes to artist Marco Checchetto and colorist Andres Motto for studying THE FORCE AWAKENS and then creating gorgeous comic art based on that movie.

READ: Want to compare art in this to other STAR WARS comics? Check out our review of STAR WARS #34!

Checchetto does a fantastic job conveying Phasma in comic book form. He is able to represent Gwendoline Christie’s towering presence in this issue the same way she appears on film. Her armor glows and her cape flows as magnificently as it did in the trailers to Episode VII. It’s impressive that both Checchetto and Motto could depict the poise that drew so many people to Phasma early on.

PHASMA #1 By Kelly Thompson
STAR WARS PHASMA #1 pg. 5. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Checchetto and Motto shine the most when drawing extensive landscapes and battle sequences. It’s important for this comic to convey the chaos of the Battle of Starkiller Base, and they do just that. Phasma avoids explosions and the collapsing environments in some of the most colorful and vibrant panels in any STAR WARS comic. The best panel depicts the battle between the X-Wings and Tie Fighters, which brims with the chaos of battle. Every single corner of the page has lasers shooting out and debris crashing down. It’s a testament to the detail that Checchetto and Motto contribute to their panels that the comic feels exactly like a movie unfolding before you.

Final Thoughts

CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 is the boost STAR WARS lovers needed to start getting excited for THE LAST JEDI. It packs exceptional art, a solid story, and terrific character portrayal. Kelly Thompson delivers the STAR WARS comic miniseries that fans have been waiting for. Above all else, the art for this book is a simply stunning representation of STAR WARS in a comic. For those who want an entertaining ride almost on the level of watching a STAR WARS film, don’t miss this first issue of CAPTAIN PHASMA.

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