Cruelty Leads In Star Wars: Age Of Resistance – Captain Phasma #1

by Tony Thornley

The Star Wars saga has numerous fan favorite characters who have gained notoriety based on their appearance alone. Captain Phasma is definitely one of those- her screen time has been limited, but she’s appeared in several novels and comics that have proven she deserves her reputation. So in Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Captain Phasma #1 we see that from a slightly different angle…

Cover by Phil Noto

Tom Taylor, Leonard Kirk, Cory Hamscher, Guru-eFx, and Travis Lanham teach us about the First Order’s super soldier’s leadership style this issue.

We meet KM-8713 on the battlefield, under the leadership of Captain Phasma herself. She’s stunned to see Phasma’s callous cruelty as she sacrifices her troops in the name of her goal. Phasma pulls KM-8713 aside after the battle, teaches her a valuable lesson- never look back, as doing anything but pressing forward will result in loss- and offers her a battlefield promotion. Can KM-8713 learn from her mentor, or will she prove Phasma’s methods wrong?

Phasma had already received a definitive origin in the novel Phasma and we also saw the missing days between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi in the Captain Phasma comic miniseries, so Taylor takes a smart approach and doesn’t rehash either. Rather here, he shows us what those under Phasma’s command mean to her, and from their perspective we learn how she became so well regarded in the First Order. It’s a great profile of a villain, showing us that there’s nothing redeemable about Phasma herself, but despite that she’s a formidable leader.

Kirk and Manscher’s work is top notch. They depict the chaos of the battlefield without becoming cluttered or unclear. The also give KM-9713 and Phasma both their personalities and relationship largely through body language, since they’re helmeted throughout most of the issue (and we still never see Phasma’s face). We see the emotions in Taylor’s narration come through in what’s happening on the page. It’s especially effective for the last few pages, as the entire team delivers an unexpected twist.

There’s nothing to love about Captain Phasma as we see here. That makes her someone I love to hate, and sometimes those are the best villains.

Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Captain Phasma #1 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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