Star Wars: C-3PO – Comic Review

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Follow everyone’s favorite protocol droid as he Journeys to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in this special one-shot leading up to his appearance in the film! Just how did Threepio get a red arm, anyway? Find out here as the blockbuster creative team of James Robinson and Tony Harris of DC’s Starman reunite for the first time in nearly two decades! You may be fluent in over six million forms of communication…but this book is a must have in any language!

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Star Wars: C-3PO
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Tony Harris
Cover Artist: Tony Harris
Publisher: Dan Buckley
Release Date: April 13, 2016

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Droids matter. At least that’s what Star Wars: C-3PO wants you to believe. Thanks to this comic, Threepio shines – pun intended – more than ever.

He finds himself stranded, following a crashing landing that leaves the pilot and crew dead. Threepio, with a hapless group of misfit droids, are the only survivors and must find a way to get off the planet. His mission – deliver an imperial droid, with vital information regarding the whereabouts of the captured Admiral Akbar, to Princess Leia and the Resistance.

First off, let me say I’ve always been a fan of Threepio. His neurotic personality, a counter to the quirky outspoken nature of R2-D2, always brought a smile and a chuckle.

When the announcement came that they would be doing a single issue story on Threepio and his now famous red arm, I immediately jumped. I was intrigued by the red arm, and wanted to know why. However, my wait extended over the course of four months as they delayed release of the comic for one reason or another.

I’ve appreciated the way George Lucas, Dave Filoni and now James Robinson portrayed droids. They give them life and heart, presenting them as more than just mindless machines. Droids have a certain personality to them as well as a virtual human side.

Star Wars Rebels season two, episode 19: Forgotten Droids saw Chopper forge an unlikely friendship with an imperial droid. Equal to that story-line, this comic sees Threepio forge a similar friendship with a First Order droid under his charge. Under the surface, we’re presented with the common ground that can exist between two sides, portraying misconceptions war can paint on both sides of the conflict.

We also see, after the many times Threepio’s mind has been wiped, there are still traces of memories that exist. He refers to them as dreams. Yes, a droid that dreams. The flashbacks or memories remind of past battles and moments we are familiar with from the Clone Wars and Rebellion.

Finally, the comic offers the big reveal – where the red arm comes from. While stranded in an acid rain storm, the First Order droid, in an attempt to help save Threepio’s life, sacrifices himself to the acid rain. His arm, corroded to a rusted red, is the only salvageable part remaining. Threepio keeps it in honor of their friendship and uses it to replace his arm, lost earlier in the story.

C-3PO is a brilliant story. Writer James Robinson does a magnificent job, while artist Tony Harris gives Threepio life with a vintage feel, rich in color. I recommend it for any avid or casual fan. It’s a great addition to any collection and offers another heartwarming tale worthy of its place in Star Wars lore.

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