Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1 is a special one-shot comic from Marvel Comics and with a story by James Robinson. The cover art of this comic designed by Tony Harris features a portrait of C-3PO, including his revamped red arm, because it is this very burning mystery that it attempts to answer. The comic is a prequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and explains what the humanoid protocol droid has been up to and why he has a red arm in the film. While this should have explained in the film itself, it is not too late and Marvel’s explanation is quite enjoyable.
People have been loyal fans and followers of the Star Wars franchise for over 40 years. Similarly, they have also been captivated by the various characters from the Star Wars universe and two of the most fan favorite ones have always been the two droids, C-3PO and R2-D2. However, while R2 is known for being courageous, resourceful and spunky, it may have come as a surprise that Threepio is the one getting his own comic book series. This is especially true because C-3PO can be annoyed, and is neither fast nor a fighter, but it cannot be denied that his loyalty is unparalled.
Getting back to this special one-piece comic, its story revolves around C-3PO and five other droids who are stranded on a planet. Omri, a First Order droid, is one of the five and possesses crucial information that The Resistance are seeking. Omri knows where the First Order has imprisoned Admiral Ackbar, the Rebel Alliance’s foremost military commander.
One of the reasons that readers will enjoy reading this comic book is because these droids are all by themselves and each of them has been a part of battle in one way or another. Apart from C-3PO and Omri, there is also a building droid, a medical droid, and a security droid, so each of them have their own individual purposes.
Reading this comic book might actually remind readers of the children’s rhyme “Ten Little Indians,” if they have heard of it. This is because the planet they are stranded on is harsh place, with Spice Spiders and underwater monsters, so the droids succumb to their surroundings one by one. Perhaps one of the emotional aspects of this comic book is the bond that develops between C-3PO and Omri, since they are both protocol droids. Over the course of the comic, they end up discussing their allegiances, feeling and memories. Omri even mentions that protocol droids like them were designed to be more humanoid and sentient so they could perform tasks more effectively.
Of course, C-3PO cannot help but brag excessively during the first couple of pages, but throughout the rest of the comic, readers will actually see a side of him they have never seen before. He even provides advice to one of the four droids on what it means to be loyal and what side they should be on.
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Tony Harris April 13th, 2016