Star Wars: C-3PO #1
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Tony Harris
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Tony Harris
After months of delays, C-3PO #1 is finally out. With J.J. Abram’s involvement, and all the time waiting, there’s a bit of expectation for this issue. It is worth the wait? And how did C-3PO get that red arm?
First off, the cover is gorgeous. It showcases C-3PO in all his shiny, golden glory, complete with red arm. Unfortunately the interior art is a slap to the face. Seriously, it makes my eyes hurt to look at it. There’s awful, thick, heavy lines obscuring any illusion of detail and realism. If it were black and white, it would look like a coloring book. Yet the coloring is as bad as the linework. The opening pages cast C-3PO in dark, gloomy colors despite his golden paint job. The hues are very muted, and there’s an odd choice of contrasting colors. It’s a rather unappealing color palette. There’s even an odd shift in the art style as some characters and panels are drawn differently than others. For instance C-3PO is done in very thick lines, while PZ-99 is done in a much more modern comic book style with thinner lines and crisper detail. Taken altogether, it’s easily the worst looking Star Wars comic Marvel has done since getting back the Star Wars license.
However, there is a saving grace. While the comic is awful to look at, the story is actually really good. C-3PO and a bunch of droids crash land on a planet while carrying out a mission for the Resistance. Struggling against the dangers of the planet, they make their way toward a homing beacon and their only chance of survival. Through their journey, we learn a little about each droid, and through their sacrifices, it adds meaning to C-3PO’s red arm. In fact it’s so touching that by the end, I was disappointed that 3PO replaced his red arm at the end of The Force Awakens. James Robinson knocked this one out of the park.
Now for the dilemma: how do you rate it? The artwork is horrendous. The story is excellent. Furthermore, the story ties into The Force Awakens and explains why C-3PO has a red arm. That kind of makes it required reading. While you could save $5 and read a Wookieepedia summary, you would miss out on the emotional bond of the story. So, while the artwork is worthy of a lot of criticism, the story makes up for it. I recommend checking this one out, and based on the story alone, I give it a four and a half out of five metal bikinis.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.