Captain Phasma by Kelly Thompson

Captain Phasma

What happened to Captain Phasma after Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens? Writer Kelly Thompson (HAWKEYE) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER, GAMORA) expand Captain Phasma's story and reveal how she escaped the destruction of Starkiller Base. It's the stunning lead-in to this winter's blockbuster big-screen Star Wars film, and everything you need t...

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Captain Phasma Reviews

  • FanboyBen

    I’m not gonna lie: this is a pretty strange miniseries. Rarely have I read something that has as many high highs AND low lows as this.

    Some of it REALLY works, especially early on: writer Kelly Thompson does an awesome job of more or less salvaging a character that disappointed a lot of people in her screen debut in “The Force Awakens.” The first issue of this four-issue miniseries is particularly effective, giving us infinitely more insight into Phasma and the way she processes things than we go

    I’m not gonna lie: this is a pretty strange miniseries. Rarely have I read something that has as many high highs AND low lows as this.

    Some of it REALLY works, especially early on: writer Kelly Thompson does an awesome job of more or less salvaging a character that disappointed a lot of people in her screen debut in “The Force Awakens.” The first issue of this four-issue miniseries is particularly effective, giving us infinitely more insight into Phasma and the way she processes things than we got from any of her minimal screen time in Episode VII. It also doesn’t hurt that the art by Marco Checchetto, page-for-page, panel-for-panel, is never less than gorgeous (in fact, for my money, Checchetto is now the artist to beat when it comes to Star Wars art).

    But then issues 2 and 3 happen, and the story, which had started off so promisingly, dips into territory that we’ve seen WAY too many times already in WAY too many other Star Wars stories. What makes it doubly disappointing is that, throughout these issues, glimpses of the first issue’s vitality can still be glimpsed; unfortunately, they’re buried under material that is, for lack of a better word, stale. Thankfully, Thompson is able to bring things around enough in issue 4 that the series doesn’t end up feeling like a complete disappointment, and while the conclusion isn’t as strong or as satisfying as the beginning, Thompson still deserves credit for ending things in a place that one can argue is at least somewhat satisfying and true to who Phasma is as a character.

    Overall, “Star Wars: Captain Phasma” is pretty much the definition of a mixed bag. If you’re a “Star Wars” nut like I am, you’re obviously going to read it (in fact, you probably already have); if you’re indifferent towards the franchise, it’s hard to wholeheartedly recommend this, at least at full price, unless you’re a big Checchetto fan.

  • Mel

    So Actually I just read issue 1 but this is all that's on goodreads. Kelly is one of my favourite writers and I'm so happy that Marvel hired her to do a Phasma comic. I loved Captain Phasma and thought she was dreadfully underused in the film, so hopefully all the promotion of her before the next film will lead to Gwendoline getting more to do this time!

    But I really loved this comic. For one thing the art work was stunning, so much better than what I'd normally expect from Marvel, the layout an

    So Actually I just read issue 1 but this is all that's on goodreads. Kelly is one of my favourite writers and I'm so happy that Marvel hired her to do a Phasma comic. I loved Captain Phasma and thought she was dreadfully underused in the film, so hopefully all the promotion of her before the next film will lead to Gwendoline getting more to do this time!

    But I really loved this comic. For one thing the art work was stunning, so much better than what I'd normally expect from Marvel, the layout and the panels were beautiful. So much that as much as I want to know what happens I decided to wait and get the graphic novel because the ads in this broke up the story too much.

  • Anthony

    I found this a little disappointing, and would be giving it 2 stars if not for the art, because the art is amazing.

    This could have been done just as well in a one-shot or annual. There's not much here to have this going for 4 issues (I'm glad it wasn't even longer), because we don't even get much about Phasmas past, which I'm guessing is because that's covered in either the new novel or will be touched upon in the last Jedi.

    All for Phasma getting her own book, and knowing about what happened to

    I found this a little disappointing, and would be giving it 2 stars if not for the art, because the art is amazing.

    This could have been done just as well in a one-shot or annual. There's not much here to have this going for 4 issues (I'm glad it wasn't even longer), because we don't even get much about Phasmas past, which I'm guessing is because that's covered in either the new novel or will be touched upon in the last Jedi.

    All for Phasma getting her own book, and knowing about what happened to her between TFA and TLJ. But did we need 4 issues of her hunting down someone who we know she'll eventually find and know the outcome of? And including a planet that didn't really add that much? Am I being too picky? Probably.

  • Jason

    The art is beautiful and the story propulsive. what more could you want? Another great Star Wars comic to tide you over until the new movie.

  • Mario

    Escaping the garbage chute before Starkiller Base blows up? Piece of cake!

    Covering her tracks and disposing of the only person who knew her role in the destruction of the First Order superweapon? That's where the fun begins.

    Phasma must follow the officer who knows her terrible secret, and as always, she will do anything to ensure her survival, much as we previously read in the "Phasma" novel by Delilah S. Dawson.

    In fact, the ordeal she must endure in this particular mission, will make her rememb

    Escaping the garbage chute before Starkiller Base blows up? Piece of cake!

    Covering her tracks and disposing of the only person who knew her role in the destruction of the First Order superweapon? That's where the fun begins.

    Phasma must follow the officer who knows her terrible secret, and as always, she will do anything to ensure her survival, much as we previously read in the "Phasma" novel by Delilah S. Dawson.

    In fact, the ordeal she must endure in this particular mission, will make her remember her days in Parnassos, before she joined the First Order.

    A fantastic miniseries written by Kelly Thompson with superb art by Marco Checchetto.

    Extremely recommended, but I must say it's better if you have read the novel before, so you understand why she does what she does, and the references to the novel as well.

  • Jeff

    Well told. There are oblique references to events in the PHASMA novel, but it's not required to read the novel in order to enjoy the comic.

    My only concern is that with the existence of this comic, no mention will be made in THE LAST JEDI of how Phasma came to escape from the garbage compactor. I would imagine not everyone is going to read comics (or even be aware of them) in order to get missing pieces.

  • Jordan Anderson

    Sorry Kelly Thompson, but your version of Phasma just doesn't really do it for me.

    I get that maybe Marvel had Thompson on a tight leash, keeping her within the confines of preconceived idea or storyline. And I get that Marvel hasn't exactly been hitting it out of the ballpark with their lead up to

    but man, I don't think their attempt to reconcile some of the complaints about Phasma in

    solved anything with this tie in.

    is a total bore. Aside from parts of the first

    Sorry Kelly Thompson, but your version of Phasma just doesn't really do it for me.

    I get that maybe Marvel had Thompson on a tight leash, keeping her within the confines of preconceived idea or storyline. And I get that Marvel hasn't exactly been hitting it out of the ballpark with their lead up to

    but man, I don't think their attempt to reconcile some of the complaints about Phasma in

    solved anything with this tie in.

    is a total bore. Aside from parts of the first issue that deal with Phasma covering her tracks for lowering the shields on Starkiller Base, nothing of any importance happens in this 4 part series. It's just the same old alien planet with the same requisite alien inhabitants and the same

    cliches. I gained absolutely no new info on Phasma and only gained more ire and frustration at Marvel continuing to just phone it in and publish such a bland and uninspired comic. I mean, I can't even get upset because it was just so cookie-cutter, so plain, unoriginal and lacked any kind of distinguishing characteristics. At least with Ken Liu's

    there was enough stupid moments to point out and actually get mad about. Here though? Nothing!

    If you must know about Phasma and how she became the shiny metal, take-no-shit, right hand of General Hux, read Delilah S. Dawson's novel on the titular character. There was more creativeness and real story in one sentence than there was in this entire series.

  • Artemy

    Last time we saw Phasma, she was shoved in the garbage chute of the Starkiller Base after being forced to lower its defence shields, and not long before the Base was destroyed. This comic shows us how she got out of the chute and off the Base, and what happened to her between

    and

    .

    I like the idea of Phasma, but I wasn't very happy with how she was treated in TFA. The way she was forced to lower the shields and shoved in the chute was humiliating for such a

    Last time we saw Phasma, she was shoved in the garbage chute of the Starkiller Base after being forced to lower its defence shields, and not long before the Base was destroyed. This comic shows us how she got out of the chute and off the Base, and what happened to her between

    and

    .

    I like the idea of Phasma, but I wasn't very happy with how she was treated in TFA. The way she was forced to lower the shields and shoved in the chute was humiliating for such a (presumably) strong character. So I really liked the first issue of this comic — she is shown as a smart, calculating person, and after she realises that the fact of her unintended treachery could be easily uncovered, she deals with it with impressive cold-bloodedness.

    Unfortunately, after a really good first issue comes some nonsensical story about a planet whose population is terrorised by some giant monsters. It's really boring and completely pointless, and for two out of total four issues the plot just stalls, until in the last issue Phasma finally reaches her goal and gets rid of the last evidence of her betrayal.

    During those two issues in the middle we get a couple of curious snippets, though. The first one is sort of a big one: Phasma takes off her helmet, and it's not what most people would expect, especially knowing that in the movies she's played by the brilliant Gwendoline Christie. I don't know how I feel about the revelation, so I will withhold judgement until I see how the actual films will deal with this. The second curious thing is that we see a flashback to Phasma's childhood. It doesn't show a lot, though, and the whole thing will probably be revisited in some other comic or book tie-in, or maybe even in the actual movies, although I doubt that option.

    The real star of this comic is Marco Checchetto's artwork with Andres Mossa's colours. They also worked on

    , and their artwork was the best thing about that comic, as well. Phasma is a very beautiful book, so at least there's that.

    Overall, it's not a particularly good comic, but it's also not as bad as I expected, and it does a decent job of getting Phasma out of a questionable situation. It's not the kind of plot that the actual movie would spend precious screen time on, so at least they explain that stuff in the comic. I think it's worth a read for people like me, who are desperately waiting for

    to hit theatres in December. Just don't pay full price for it — better yet, just borrow it from the library or some other place.

  • Jim C

    This is a short mini series that takes place at the end of

    . This tells the story how Captain Phasma survives the destruction of Starkiller Base and her direct actions because of it.

    Welcome to this new trilogy's Boba Fett. Let me explain. A minor character that has a small role but for some reason the fandom falls in love with that character. I have no problem with this because this is one reason why this universe is special. Fans loving the many varie

    This is a short mini series that takes place at the end of

    . This tells the story how Captain Phasma survives the destruction of Starkiller Base and her direct actions because of it.

    Welcome to this new trilogy's Boba Fett. Let me explain. A minor character that has a small role but for some reason the fandom falls in love with that character. I have no problem with this because this is one reason why this universe is special. Fans loving the many varied characters. But now Captain Phasma has her own solo book with also this collection. She has a following. So far, I am not impressed with this character and maybe this affected my enjoyment of this collection. The artwork as usual was terrific. I do love the artwork in the new run of the comics. As for the story I actually liked the arc for the minor characters more than the main character. It was a nice look into why a group of people might accept evil.

    This wasn't the greatest collection because I believe the main character isn't strong enough to carry her own series. It doesn't add much to the overall arc as this is probably left to the upcoming movie.

  • David

    Read this directly after reading the Phasma book, which may have damaged my perception of the story.

    A lot of it just felt like a cheaper rehash of the novel.

    Art was good, but was pretty bored with it.


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