Captain Phasma is my new obsession

captain phasma comic

Last night I inhaled the trade paperback of Marvel’s Captain Phasma comic. She’s tough and completely amoral when it comes to her own survival and I love her. Not a single nurturing, sentimental bone in her body.

The comic starts with Phasma climbing out of the garbage shoot that Finn threw her down after forcing her to lower the shields of Starkiller Base. Her focus on covering up what happened leads her to ruthlessly chase down a scapegoat who escaped the destruction of the base and crashed on an especially harsh planet.

Phasma seems to empathize with the colonists she and her pilot encounter, leading to some surprising though vague hints about Phasma’s life before the First Order. This highlights how cold her heart is when she doesn’t hesitate to use the colonists to achieve her own ends.

Captain Phasma does not give a fuck. This comic shows what a complicated character she is, and seems to foreshadow some very interesting choices in her future. So many people were surprised at how she didn’t really hesitate to take down the shields of Starkiller Base when the choice was between her life and the First Order.

I think that Phasma may be a stronger analogue for Darth Vader in the new trilogy than Kylo Ren. Everyone is terrified of her, she kills without hesitation, and she wears distinctive armor that manages to both mark her as unique and erase her humanity.

I’m going to have to pick up the Phasma novel now. I’m currently convinced that the Vader analogue will extend into Phasma having a redemption arc of her own, instead of Kylo Ren.

My Stormtrooper, and an embarrassing anecdote

The back of a white SUV. The tire case has a black cog design on it.

I drive a white SUV that we refer to as “The Stormtrooper,” because of its great resemblance to the helmets of the elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire (Star Wars). I’ve been talking for a year about strategically changing the white trim to black, and of putting an imperial cog on the spare wheel case.

A huge vinyl decal Imperial symbol arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago, courtesy of my loving partner, Reed.  He had been scouring Etsy for cool Macbook decals, and that wild journey led him into the shadows of Ebay, and the seller d-a-r-k-s-i-d-e.

My car was filthy (it was arguably tan in color at that point), and of course the weeks of freakish winter weather had set in.  So we waited, and waited, and waited, for a normal Austin February weekend.

The day after Valentine’s Day was absolutely gorgeous, and so we acted.  A bucket of soap and several filthy rags later, we had a clean surface.  And then we learned things about large vinyl decals.

I’d like to share those things with you:

  1. When the voice of reason starts muttering about getting a ruler or some other sort of straight edge, listen to it.
  2. Start from the top.
  3. Once the design has stuck to the surface, it’s there.  Don’t pull it back up, you’ll rip it.
  4. The clear plastic the design is on is supposed to peel back off. Seriously, we didn’t know that, and were initially confused about how bad it looked.

I must share with you an embarrassing anecdote. Not shown in the above image is my silly green Godzilla decal, which I acquired at Austin Comic Con last November. Three months ago.  It was a struggle to keep the bubbles out of the tiny thing, and I was upset by the texture of the clear bits surrounding the green.  Those clear bits began to peel off, and I developed blinders to the issue.  It looked awful.

Once our adventure this weekend with the Imperial cog was nearly done, and I was upset at how bad the cog looked with its bubbles and extreme unevenness, I decided to tear Godzilla off in a fury.  I grabbed the loosest corner of the clear stuff, and ripped it away.  Left behind was a bright green, impressively smooth decal. Reed and I looked at each other in embarrassed confusion, then together we grabbed the top of the giant square of backing and pulled it away from my spare wheel cover.  Left behind was the badassness pictured above.

I am going to feel stupid about that for years.