Star Wars: The Last Jedi-Should You Read It?

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Rating: 5/5

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the first film-to-novel adaptation in the Star Wars saga that I greatly enjoyed.

It was a quick and easy read–if you have seen the movie. If for some reason you have not seen the movie, this book might actually be a bit hard to follow. There is a big disconnect when transferring something from screen to print and vise versa. While you get the eloquent descriptions of the action written in the book, it is still very different than seeing those actions set in motion on the screen. While the descriptions are relatively vivid, they are not detailed enough to give face to the characters for one who may not have seen the movie. It doesn’t often reflect on how they look, although there is a lot with body and facial expression.

The Last Jedi novelization is extended to the movie (are all copies extended edition? I don’t see why they wouldn’t be). There are a number of “deleted scenes” that were wanted in the movie, but the movie is already the longest of the saga so far, and the extra bits had to be cut for the sake of time, but these scenes will likely be featured in the DVD/Blu-ray extras as well.

One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the feelings and the connections between the characters that can be expressed in the third person limited scope of this novel. One example is the connection between Finn and Rose. While their “side quest” feels pointless since it does not succeed, that is actually one of the elements that makes The Last Jedi unique–not every plan is going to work, and their plot line demonstrates this reality. During their quest to find a master codebreaker to get them aboard the massive star destroyer Supremacy to nullify the tracking beacon they use to find the Resistance, Finn and Rose seemingly do not like each other. We get a bit less of Finn and a bit more of Rose in the third person perspective. Rose complains internally (and externally as well) about how much Finn praises and has hope in Rey. As their journey progresses, we see the internal feelings begin to bloom as Rose finds herself attracted to Finn. We also get a lot of internal thoughts on her deceased sister, Paige, and aspect that we don’t really get to see as much in the movie, developing Rose as a character more so that the visual version did.

Then we have the main plot with Luke/Snoke/Kylo/Rey/Leia, those involved more closely to the Skywalkers and have larger involvement in the Skywalker plot line. While the movie version did a very interesting job of portraying the relationships between Snoke/Kylo and Rey/Kylo, the book was more interesting in that, once again, we get the third person limited perspective where we see inside the character’s heads as to their true feelings and thought processes. Snoke has slightly more information given through his way of thinking, Kylo’s actions are more sound through his reasoning behind them, and they whole Kylo/Rey (or ReyLo, if you will) has much more meaning behind the words on the page.

When comparing The Last Jedi to The Force Awakens, while I find Abrams to be a better director, I found that the main plot of The Last Jedi was more interesting and there were a number of opportunities for character development in the main plot that changes the perspective of the reader/viewer. Hardcore Star Wars fan that I am, when The Force Awakens came out, I did not have any favorite new canon character (Mara Jade is my personal favorite character and always will be, followed by Thrawn). But with The Last Jedi, the character Development of Kylo Ren has me very intrigued and has enlightened me with a third favorite Star Wars character. Within the novel, although it is shown in the movie as well, there is an exorbitant amount of internal conflict going on in the young man, and his struggles leave room for a lot of development. I also like how we get more of his past, and there is an anti-hero element to his own story. Being an anti-hero doesn’t mean he is evil, but rather he finds that he is doing the right thing in his own way, perceiving the ways of the Resistance as those that would be “bad” or “evil.” This potential for development, whether he has a change of heart, or in the end, wins (that would be interesting indeed), the space for development through the final installment leaves delight and intrigue for those who want to see something not so cliche.


Star Wars: Bloodline-Should You Read It?

Image result for bloodline star warsGenre: Science-fiction

Rating: 4/5

28 ABY

Family is more than blood, but for Senator Leia Organa, her bloodline continues to haunt her as she aims for a time of peace with the New Republic.

Leia commemorates her father, Bail Organa, with a speech and statue in his honor. Her words ring true, but if the people ever found out that Darth Vader was her father, they would be wary and distrustful of the new leader.

While Leia thinks about resigning from her position, her husband, Han Solo, is a starship racer. The two do not get to see each other often, not to mention being distanced from their son, Ben.

Lei’s murder of Jabba actually proves joyous by another smuggling cartel. She also shares with someone her secrets about being tortured by Darth Vader (although she still aims to hide his connection to her by blood). Of course, her bloodline is found out and exposed to the public, even as Leia has decided to continue her campaign to remain a senator. The people take this news rather negatively, and Leia loses many of her supporters, but just because she is the daughter of Darth Vader does not mean she has ill intentions. Leia has always been an advocate for the people, thinking of the greater good for all. Ben has to hear about his grandfather through the media, and Leia must console him from afar, the family dysfunction already deep in the works.

Throughout the novel, the beginnings of the First Order are introduced, with sound reasoning behind their motives, so keep an eye out for the characters involved in that and how they are developing their forces to form a new power. These threats to the New Republic are imminent, but the Senate does not take them seriously and refuses to take action. Thus, Leia forms her own organization: the Resistance.

Claudia Gray is a great writer. Having been selected to write more than one of the new canon books shows her prowess with the world of Star Wars. She brings the characters to life in a way that some Star Wars writers do not accomplish quite as well, and she makes the complexities of politics easy for any reader to understand. The reflections to events from the original trilogy are always exciting, and this is a nice connection to the new trilogy in that it is with the Journey to The Force Awakens line of publications. Overall, pretty interesting read, especially for anyone who wants a bit of lead-up to the new political organizations and characters in the Star Wars universe.

Gemina (Illuminae Files #2)-Should You Read It?

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Rating: 4.5/5

Not a full 5/5, but only because it felt a bit slower than Illuminae and not paced quite as well, but definitely still an amazing book! If you haven’t picked this series up yet, make that the next thing on your to-do list!

While Kady and Ezra fight off the Lincoln and fend for their lives against the AI AIDAN, Niklas and Hanna prepare for Terra Day on jump station Heimdall.

A day of celebration quickly takes a turn for the worst when a crew from BeiTech, sent by Leanne Forbisher, aim to destroy any evidence that leads back to the BeiTech attack on Kerenza IV. This team not only aims to take over the jump station, but will terminate anyone who gets in their way. Making preparations for the Kennedy fleet, a drone fleet that will eventually be the clean-up crew to destroy Heimdall, the BeiTech team kills the commander, tampers with the wormhole that allows for hyperspace jumps, and aims to kill Hanna, the troublesome daughter of the Heimdall commander.

When Hanna’s boyfriend turns out to be something he’s not, she turns to Niklas, a Russian gang member with a past full of crime. Not to mention the fact that Niklas likes Hanna, to no avail (yet?). With the help of Niklas’s cousin, the two fight their way through the jump station to take out the BeiTech crew. Did I mention there is a parasite type creature that has been killing a bunch of people as well? Yeah, that’s a thing, and Kaufman and Kristoff nail the biology of the creature excellently.Image result for gemina

The whole time, the reader is left with countdown pages, one for when the Hypatia (remember that ship?) will arrive at Heimdall, and one when the Kennedy Assault Fleet will arrive, adding tension and anticipation for the reader. The science of this novel is intriguing and realistic, possibly even accurate, when talking about wormholes and alternate dimensions, that is.

Along the journey, the reader is also gifted with beautiful illustrations by Marie Lu (author of The Young Elites trilogy, the Legend trilogy, Warcross, and Batman: Nightwalker). These illustrations consist of Hanna’s journal, originally a gift from her father, an item that is hard to come by so far from the core systems.

Masterfully crafted, the paperback edition comes with some extra Illuminae Files at the end, which was pretty fun. The only thing that really made this book go slower than the first one was that there were a huge amount of video surveillance sections (meaning more like regular prose) in comparison to texts, vocal chat, e-mail, or images, which slowed the reading down. Kaufman and Kristoff did well with spreading out these chapters for the most part, but there was still a huge amount of them. Overall, this was a fantastic read, highly recommended to all, because this novel series really redefines the term “novel” for contemporary readers and writers. Obsidio awaits!

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Otherworld-Should You Read It?

Image result for otherworld segelGenre: Young Adult Science-fiction

Rating: 4/5

Yet another work to add to the collective media of online gaming. This book falls into a similar category as James Dashner’s The Mortality Doctrine trilogy, Marie Lu’s Warcross, and Earnest Cline’s Ready Player One. In terms of anime, it would fall under the Sword Art Online, .hack//, and Log Horizon category. It seems like there is a lot of stuff out there with this genre, doesn’t it? So what makes this novel stand out more so than others? What makes this novel not a repeat of everything we have already read and seen in the genre?

In the very first chapter, the reader is immersed in Otherworld, a game owned by The Company, a company that generally owns anything and everything of life-changing proportions anyway. When Simon wins a test set of Virtual Reality gear for Otherworld, a gaming piece worth thousands of dollars, his father finds his gaming to be consuming his life when he is highly capable of doing other things. In a rage, his father destroys the VR system, and that’s the end of that (not something I was expecting to happen right off the bat). Simon has been shipped off to boarding school before, roomed with an amazing hacker, and taken the heat for some hacks that have happened. Now his hacker friend is a major asset, but Simon is back to regular high school.

For years he has lived across the forest from his childhood friend, Kat, who he has developed romantic feelings for over the years. Unfortunately, her step-father is a terrible person and might be up to some shady stuff behind the scenes. When it seems like Kat is up to some things that are out of character, new classmate Busara tells Simon to watch out. With this knowledge, Simon follows Kat to a party where everything seems fine, until a strange explosion removes the floor of the old Elmer’s factory, and someone did it on purpose, hoping for it to look like an accident.

The Company visits Kat in the hospital, explaining that she cannot return to consciousness, but they are developing a new type of Virtual Reality that allows those who cannot return from beyond their own consciousness to partake in Otherworld, to vividly feel, and smell everything in the Virtual World. Disclaimer (and here’s the part that is cliche): if a person is using this new tech and they die in the game, their body actually dies in real life because of the feeling of reality. The brain is tricked into death. When Simon notices something odd about Kat’s behavior, he investigates The Company with some assistance from his hacker friend and Busara, aiming to find out the truth behind the so-called accidents that are happening all across the state. Between using the new VR tech for himself and being pulled back to reality to find and save Kat (the new tech can only be removes by someone else), Simon has a lot to do. He meets a number of people in Otherworld who likewise have the same VR treatment, people who were in supposed “accidents.”

Simon faces some of the things we know and love about video games, such as bosses who rule over a certain domain. The various domains are ruled by different boss-type creatures, but many of the creatures in the game are developing themselves, a strong artificial intelligence that is becoming truly sentient, and they want the people out of their world.

One of the things that makes this book interesting is how it goes back and forth between the world of the game and that of reality. It is also interesting that the realms are put together in a way that is very reminiscent of video games today, but the appeal of the VR for a person to become whoever they want and do whatever they want in Otherworld is a nice feature. As far as collaborative writing goes, Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller have done a fine job to set the tone and the pace. The mystery behind The Company is interesting, and I want to know more about what The Company is trying to do and how Simon, Kat, and Busara are going to stop them from killing more people for their own gains.

While it does feel slightly repetitive to the aforementioned books and animes, this novel was engaging and different enough for me to want to keep reading. I was very drawn into the world and the overarching plot with the mysteries behind The Company, and I am greatly looking forward to the next installment. I would highly recommend for someone who enjoys these video game immersing genre works for sure, but perhaps not so much for those who are not a fan of the genre or perhaps are unfamiliar with any of the books/animes mentioned previously. If you have read/seen any of those and like them, this definitely has that similar feel if you cannot get enough of the video game world!

Star Wars: Phasma-Should You Read It?

Image result for phasma bookGenre: Science-fiction

Rating: 4/5

“Because it makes it clear that you can’t win against Phasma. Not you. Not anyone. No one will go as far as she will to survive” (338).

That quote, in essence, sums up Phasma’s character just right. Everything about Phasma, including all instances in this novel as well as her Marvel graphic novel, suggests that Phasma is a survivor. With this information, do not let the events in The Last Jedi fool you!

This story takes place both 34 ABY (present time of the novel) and roughly 24 ABY (the past events in the novel). In this novel we are introduces to Resistance spy, Vi, who gets captured by the red stormtrooper, Cardinal, aboard the Star Destroyer, Absolution. Cardinal, a man of high command and power who trains children in preparation to be transferred to Phasma’s training unit on the Finalizer, has brought Vi aboard without anyone else knowing. If someone found out what he was up to with his prisoner, there would be no mercy.

Cardinal knows that Vi has vital information about Phasma, information relating to Armitage Hux’s father, Brendol. When Vi can obviously tell that Cardinal has never actually interrogated anyone before, she gives him the amusement of Phasma’s story, learned from visiting Phasma’s home planet, Parnassos, where someone who was one close to Phasma still resides.

Vi tells what she learned about Phasma, a ruthless warrior of the Scyre, people who live off of what little there is in the jagged, rocky area, fighting with a rival clan, the Claws. One day, rule is handed over to Phasma and her brother, Keldo, but the two do not see eye-to-eye on everything. When Brendol Hux’s spaceship crash-lands on Parnassos, and his escape pod lands near the Claws, Phasma aims to help him find his ship, her ultimate goal to leave the forsaken planet behind.


In their adventuring along the way to the crash site, Phasma’s people, Brendol, and his two stormtroopers, encounter beetles that seek any kind of moisture and if they get a hold of something living, the person basically turns into water. Interestingly enough, the death of Brendol Hux is later discovered to have been brought about by one of these freakish beetles…

The party also comes across more than one mining facility on the planet, later finding out that one of the facilities had a nuclear accident with inevitably destroyed the habitats of the planet in its entirety.

Phasma and Brendol also come across some hostile people, beings just aiming to get by in their known world, and when Phasma shows her true strength and ability to follow orders, Brendol finds that she may be a great addition to the First Order. This book is relatively hard to summarize given the events are somewhat in order and somewhat out of order as well as going back and forth from past to present. Even so, some of the facts that come to light about the characters and the First Order are very interesting.

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Back on the Absolution, Cardinal seeks proof that Phasma killed his leader, Brendol, and when he approaches Armitage Hux with the information he has found out, it is clear that Armitage and Phasma were in on Brendol’s death together, and nobody else in the First Order knows about it.

In the last chapter, we learn how Phasma got her chromium armor as well as when she got the beetle to ultimately kill Brendol. A year after joining the First Order, she is promoted to Captain. She heads back to her home planet of Parnassos, un-buries Brendol’s ship, what is believe to be the Emperor’s old Naboo Yacht, takes some of the chromium plating from the ship, heads to one of the mining facilities, and develops her own set of armor using the metal from Brendol’s downed ship…once belonging to the Emperor. WHOA! And she grabs a beetle to bring back with her. Little does she know that her once-friend, Siv, is still alive, living in one of the mining facilities, and has shared Phasma’s story with Vi. No matter what, Phasma will not allow anyone to live who know of her past or what she looks like underneath her armor.


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)-Should You Read It?

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Rating: 5/5

This book is an astounding work of art  from cover to cover. The craft of novel writing is redefined in this contemporary epistolary format, the entirety of the story being told through files, whether it be audio recordings, instant messages, e-mails, reports, or internal data. This gives multiple views of the events of the story, and the occasional imagery made out of words adds a visual effect that is breath-taking for the reader.

Scott Westerfeld (author of Uglies) claims that this book is “An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills,” and how can one not want to read a book with that kind of combination?

Through the various collected files, this story starts off with refugees making their way onto some ships after their space colony, Kerenza VII, is attacked by BeiTech, a growing industry that has developed some kind of biochemical weapon originally meant to make one ill, but the mutation becomes lethal.

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The fleet consists of three ships, The Alexander, The Hypatia, and The Copernicus. Interestingly enough, the beginning of the book shows image files on each ship, giving its class, crew capacity, and other important information. This small fleet of ships, the Alexander Fleet, aims to escape a ship called The Lincoln, the BeiTech ship that attacked the colony. Low on staff, all ships aim to bring civilians into the enlisting ranks.

Aboard The Alexander is Ezra Mason, and aboard The Hypatia is Kady Grant, a couple who broke up soon before their colony was attacked. Finding the situation hard to bear, Ezra reaches out to Kady through e-mail, aiming to repair the damage to their relationship. In the meantime, Ezra is conscripted as a pilot to help defend against the ever-looming Lincoln. Kady, on the other hand, is learning how to be an ace hacker.


When The Alexander‘s AI defense system, AIDEN, overrides the captain’s orders and destroys The Copernicus, it also aims to eliminate the escape pods that have launched from the craft, claiming that human life is the most important thing. Covering the destruction as an attack from The Lincoln, The Alexander crew keeps the refugees in quarantine, for there were reports from The Copernicus of a strange illness.

Kady, developing in her hacker skills, is able to pull files and find out what really happened to The Copernicus, where her mother was stationed. The illness, called Phobos, brings fear and rage to the people. Similar to the rage virus in 28 Days Later, this illness differs in that those with Phobos can still think and plan, but their thinking is consumed by terrible rage instigated by fear.

Aiming to be together again, Kady wants to save Ezra from The Alexander, the crew soon exposed to Phobos. When she makes it to the ship, the AI, AIDEN, seeks Kady’s help to do what she can to destroy The Lincoln that is in close pursuit, allow The Hypatia and the survivors time to escape, and eerily enough, begins to have human-like thought processing, in which an “error” occurs with that sort of thinking. The last portion of the book is told from logs received from AIDEN’s data core, and the relationship between Kady and AIDEN becomes a pact for survival.

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This was just an astounding and epic work of fiction. The combination of genre’s all placed into one make this a great book for all kinds of readers, and I would suggest it as a YES, you should read it, no matter your age or gender. It is an interesting concept that brings the human way of thinking into the possibilities of outer space and the norms of space colonizing and travelling by spacecraft in a way that shows us a glimpse of a future that may one day come to be, for that is how realistic this storytelling and master craftsmanship is.

Star Wars Highlight: Comics (Part 18)

There are many, many comics in the world of Star Wars. The ones I have here vary in era, art, publication date, publisher, and style, but they are all interesting releases both to the old Expanded Universe as well as the new canon. They are listed in order based on the Battle of Yavin. Just remember, this is a highlight on a small fraction of a larger whole.

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Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith: Imperial Machine (19 BBY)

Publisher: Marvel (6 Issues + “No Good Deed” Extra)

Writer: Charles Soule, Chris Eliopoulos (“No Good Deed”)

Artist(s): Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, et. al.

This graphic novel takes place right where Revenge of the Sith leaves off, with Palpatine telling Vader that he is responsible for killing Padme in his rage. Vader then attack Palpatine in another fit of rage, but the master subdues the apprentice and tells him to a Sith Lord acquires his own lightsaber (by taking the lightsaber of a Jedi and adding the blood from their dead body to the mix to give it that lovely crimson glow). With the Jedi Purge, there are only so many Jedi left for Vader to choose from, making his quest a bit more of a challenge. Vader seeks information from an old Jedi base being guarded by clone troopers and learns of a Jedi who took the oath, but did not partake in anything else involving the Jedi, honing himself as a fighting machine. When Vader finds this Jedi, the two fight to the death, and Vader even brings down the innocent lives of those unfortunate enough to be near their fight. Upon his return, he is challenged by a Sith Inquisitor, yet another one of Palpatine’s ploys. Now Vader has seen the Inquisitorius, those who have reason to hunt and kill any remaining Jedi. The short at the end, “No Good Deed,” features Vader aiming to rest, and the fate of any who disrupt him in his quest to meditate.

Once again, the new Marvel line of comics astounds me with its masterful team of writers and artists. Soule brings us yet another masterful story about master and apprentice and how Vader, still relatively young and new to the power of the Dark Side, obtains his lightsaber and continues to grow in power. The introduction of the Sith Inquisitor (from Rebels) was a nice touch and I am hoping for more story about him as well in coming issues. Despite my sadness at the Darth Vader line of comics being discontinued (or ended?), this is a good one to take the place of the need to see more of Vader and his story.


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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (0 BBY)

Publisher: Marvel (6 Issues + Special)

Writer: Jody Houser, Duane Swierczynski (Cassian & K-2SO Special)

Artist(s): Emilio Laiso, Paolo Villanelli, Rachelle Rosenberg, et. al.

This adaptation from the movie features Jyn Erso and her quest to save her father, the man who has designed the Death Star. When her mission turns into getting the plans for the Rebellion, Jyn and Cassian team up to take the first step in bringing the Empire down.  The neat thing about this adaptation is that it comes with “Cassian & K-2SO” Special #1, the story of how Cassian meets his soon to be droid friend while on a mission with two other Rebels. Aiming to reprogram an Imperial droid proves to be a challenge, but well worth it when a new friend is gained from the hardship of the mission.

Being an adaptation, there are a few things that need to be moved around ever so slightly to maintain the flow of the graphic novel. While the art is once again beautiful, thanks to the awesome teams Marvel has for its new line of Star Wars comics, it does not have quite the same feeling as a visual space battle with the sound effects that come with shooting and blowing things up. The Vader scene at the end was still beautiful, but not as heart-pounding as its visual counterpart. Overall, a great adaptation to review the story swiftly if one does not want to take the time to watch the whole movie again (but who wouldn’t?).


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Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel (0 ABY)

Publisher: Marvel (5 Issues)

Writer(s): Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron

Artist(s): Salvador Larroca, Marco Checchetto, Andrea Broccardo, et. al.

This 5-issue compilation consists of “The Screaming Citadel Part I,” “Star Wars 31: The Screaming Citadel Part II,” “Doctor Aphra 7: The Screaming Citadel Part III,” “Star Wars 32: The Screaming Citadel Part IV,” and “Doctor Aphra 8: The Screaming Citadel Part V,” in that order. It is encouraged to not only have read the previous five volumes in the main Star Wars Arc, but to also have read the first volume of Doctor Aphra to get a good handle on the characters and events leading up to Luke and Aphra temporarily joining forces. Aphra, an archaeologist, has found an old Jedi artifact that contains the knowledge of a Jedi. Recognizing that Luke needs training, she offers to take him to The Citadel of Ktath’atn, where the Queen collects rare and unique lifeforms as slaves (and feeds off of Jedi essence, if a Jedi ever happens across her path). Aphra aims to exchange Luke for knowledge of opening the Jedi artifact. She double crosses Luke and the queen over and over again. When the brain controlling hive creatures that the  queen uses get both Luke and Han (who came with Sana and Leia to save Luke from Aphra’s plans), they must learn to trust Aphra to save everyone under the control of the hive creature. When Aphra shares the Jedi artifact and its contents with Luke, the Jedi finds that whatever resides within is no longer a Jedi, and its way is not the way Luke was meant to be taught. After defeating the queen, some citizens of the citadel come across her body, and what was once thought dead aims to seek revenge.

I absolutely loved this graphic novel. The whole art was intricately woven with the story-lines of Luke and Aphra, and the art is extremely aesthetically pleasing, especially that of the Queen and whatever her race it. This queen of the citadel was portrayed in a way that actually has me, as a reader, fear her. It was also interesting to bring Luke and Aphra together, developing an interesting relationship, and showing some potential major changes to Aphra as a person when she realizes a bit too late just how amazing Luke is. This volume has me itching for the next for both Star Wars and Doctor Aphra!


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Star Wars: Captain Phasma (34 ABY)

Publisher: Marvel (4 Issues)

Writer: Kelly Thompson

Artist(s): Marco Checchetto, Andres Mossa, et. al.

This story features what happens to Captain Phasma after she is placed in the trash compactor of the Starkiller Base by Hand and Finn. Phasma is a survivor, and she will do anything to put the blame on someone else to have lowered the shields of the base that let the rebels in. When one man deserts the base in its impending doom, Phasma has a TIE pilot bring her to tail the man, aiming to find him, accuse him of lowering the shields, and to kill him, leaving no witnesses, because Phasma is a survivor. When her tailing leads her to a desolate planet, she is reminded very much of her own home planet (something that is extremely evident after reading the Phasma novel). She has minor sympathies for the poeple of the planet, but only in reminiscence, because in the end, Phasma does whatever she needs to do to survive. When she confronts the escaped man, she tells him the same story she will be repeating to General Hux about the shields being released, but when the pilot with her overhears, Phasma must also shoot the young female TIE trooper. Nothing will ever get in the way of Phasma’s survival.

I really liked this graphic novel because I feel like Phasma is too down-played and needs more to develop her character. As a character who will do anything to survive, she is ruthless and rather frightening. Once again, Marvel’s creative team brings a beautiful work to life. I only wish this were one or two issues longer, maybe adding more to Phasma’s past as revealed in her novel, or maybe adding more to her relationship with the TIE pilot. Either way, it was still enough to get the vibe that it will take a lot to bring Phasma, the Scyre warrior, to her grave.