Spoilers for The Force Awakens are unmarked. You Have Been Warned.
Captain Phasma is a four-issue miniseries in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, written by Kelly Thompson, who previously wrote Annual #2, and drawn by Marco Checetto, who previously drew for Shattered Empire and Obi-Wan & Anakin. It is a part of the multimedia project, Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The series takes place from Captain Phasma's perspective during The Force Awakens, then extends to between that and The Last Jedi. After being defeated and humiliated by members of the Resistance on Starkiller Base, Captain Phasma sets out to frame and silence a witness before he can inform the First Order command of her treachery.
Not to be confused with the Phasma novel, which delves into Captain Phasma's backstory.
The first issue is to be released in September 2017.
Tropes in this comic series include:
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: The natives have held Lieutenant Rivas captive and also beat him up, so when Phasma finds him, he begs her to free him.
- All There in the Manual: Phasma's actions make a lot more sense if you read Phasma first. Even more so when things from her past are mentioned and flashback'd to.
- Call-Forward: This is the first instance we see a BB-series unit under command of the First Order. Promotional material for The Last Jedi revealed these exist before this comic series was released.
- Continuity Nod:
- Phasma expresses disdain for Luprora because it reminds her of her homeworld, Parnassos.
- Phasma has a flashback of Siv, Torden, and Frey when they were rock-climbing back on Parnassos.
- The Faceless: As usual, Phasma. When she removes her Stormtrooper armor and helmet, the panel shows her in the angle that makes the readers unable to see her face.
- Foregone Conclusion: Phasma will succeed at stopping Rivas from telling on her, because she hasn't lost her position as we see in The Last Jedi promotional material.
- Frame-Up: Phasma plans to set up Rivas as the one that deactivated the shield for the Resistance.
- Freudian Slip: While rock-climbing, Phasma accidentally calls Pilot, Siv, while warning her about the dangers of this activity. When Pilot asks her who Siv is, Phasma digresses.
- He Knows Too Much: Why Phasma wants Rivas dead, since he saw surveillance footage of her deactivating the shield, which would definitely ruin her position in the First Order. She succeeds, and also kills Pilot and BB-K8 for learning about this.
- Prequel: To The Last Jedi, as the series will end leading up to it.
- Rousing Speech: Phasma gives one to the people of Lupror. Afterwards, Pilot says that she's good at that, but Phasma apathetically answers that she only did it to be pragmatic and they're just cannon fodder for her.
- Sequel: Technically, as the Phasma book is her backstory and will be released before the Captain Phasma comics do.
- Samus Is a Girl: We didn't know that TN-3465 is a girl until she removed her helmet.
- Shout-Out: One of the variant covers for Issue 1 is a shoutout to the cover of The Invincible Iron Man Issue 69.
- Too Dumb to Live: Even after Phasma shows intent to only free him if he takes up responsibility for the fall of Starkiller Base, Rivas refuses and still begs her to free him. Though really, he was screwed either way.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: In exchange for freeing Rivas, Phasma wants him to confess that he was the one that turned off the shield of Starkiller Base. Phasma instead shoots him dead when he refuses and says that he knows all about how Phasma is the one that did it. Pilot and her BB-series droid overheard it, sealing their fate.