A character I’ll occasionally tout as the most underutilized in Star Wars, Captain Phasma is an odd beast to tackle considering how I got into reading about her. We’re just going to jump right into it while showing my Star Wars appreciation along the way.
Part 1: Damn You, Kelly Thompson (Or Rian Johnson? Or whoever?)
Late-2017, what a time. Riding off the promise of Spider-Man: Homecoming excited as all hell for Avengers: Infinity War meanwhile slowly getting into DC with their various animated films and a certain Justice League cut we shall not name, I had not thought about a Star Wars in years! Precisely since The Phantom Menace briefly returned to theaters in 3D all the way back in 2011. Then a crush at my work at the time said The Last Jedi was her most anticipated film of the year. I knew I had to see it, I had to impress her with something to talk about. Quick disclaimer: Doing this did not work out at all and that is not how this story ends.
Any sane person would have started at The Force Awakens. Instead, I headed to my preferred LCS then and scoured the Star Wars section as I knew that was the only way I was gonna devour a bunch of information in a short time other than just going on Wookieepedia. Lucky for me, a series specifically titled Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi- Captain Phasma was coming out and I, not knowing a thing, grabbed it as soon as I saw it. I had fun with it at the time! For the life of me, I can’t remember a single plot point. The only reason it exists is to explain how Phasma goes from being dumped in some trash to fighting Finn.
Come the premiere of the film and this character I had spent four issues falling in love with comes in 2/3rds of the way through to get beat almost immediately. I was an absolute wreck and couldn’t even focus on anything the rest of the film was trying to tell me. Days spent ranting to my friends how this film just ruined a side-character most people didn’t even know had a comic.
Part 1.5: Another Star Wars Comic
Really quick, I need to gush just how perfectly Age of Resistance: Captain Phasma captures everything I thought this character could do. She is ruthless and bone-chilling. An absolute boss-bitch that could scare any Sith even. This issue makes you look at her couple minutes in Force Awakens and just laugh at what seems to be a totally different character. Read this if you can scout it down. Easily my favorite Tom Taylor work which is also a rarity. all hail supreme leader Phasma
Part 2: The Pandemic
Quite possibly the weirdest and most frightening thing most of us have experienced, right? A deadly airborne virus. Those first two months, especially the first two weeks were B-O-R-I-N-G. So fittingly, I decided to get absolutely addicted to Battlefront II with some friends and main as the one and only Captain Phasma. Genuinely some of the most fun I’ve had with gaming overall. Any mode I couldn’t be Phasma I would get upset. There was a strategy to it being in the support role with the droid she can drop, and that staff is the most fun weapon to use. all hail supreme leader Phasma
Apparently constantly playing as her wasn’t enough for a bored panoramic brain as I decided writing fan-fiction of Phasma entering the Marvel universe after her battle with Finn was worth it. I did not get far at all into it and have since deleted it but I for sure thought it was rad then. To conclude, Phasma is a ruthless boss that I feel deserved more time to show that off. Sadly, given the whole zeitgeist of even discussing that trilogy means we probably won’t see anything added to the era for a long while let alone something Phasma.