Star Wars: Journey to the Last Jedi: Captain Phasma OHC
A four-issue $24.99 / £22.99 RRP OHC is pretty damn pricey, so why should you buy this? Well, let’s see:
First, it really taps the potential of Phasma’s character in a way that both films failed to. Phasma is a character out for herself, her show of loyalty to the First Order is a pretense - one that Hux and Ren buy due to how convincing Phasma makes it, but be under no illusion, if the First Order must die for her to survive so be it. The story shows this in various ways from Phasma’s pinning the destruction of Starkiller Base on a subordinate while deleting the record that she dropped the shield, but she doesn’t stop there. What follows is a tale of carnage and betrayal that ends, that has to end, in exactly the way the reader expects. It is to Thompson’s credit that she doesn’t shirk from folloiwng the plot all the way to its logical conclusion. She also manages to make this feel more than a mere four-issue story, she doesn’t have a lot of space but she does a lot with it, including a nod to the Phasma book.
Second, this is four issues of Checchetto at work, who has become one of Marvel’s premier artists for me and he doesn’t disappoint here. Page after page of clear but detailed art provides incredible imagery and story-telling. Sure, someone else could have done the art but the narrative would not have been anywhere near as good. The OHC format really shows this off.
Third, if you buy from the right places, you can get this with about 40% knocked off - I nabbed it for £12.34, at a per-issue cost of just over £3, that’s acceptable if the quality is there - it’s here in this one in spades. So yeah, it’s a small, pricey but top-notch little OHC.