Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1

Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Tony Harris Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 13, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 13
8.1Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

• 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!
One-Shot/Rated T+

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 17, 2016

    This is the second Star Wars title in a week to come out at $4.99. I enjoyed this, but my wallet is starting to feel a tremor in the Force. An outstanding self-contained issue, though I'd prefer to be paying a dollar less. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 13, 2016

    Readers who miss the emotional magic and wonderful characterization of Robinson and Harris' "Starman" run will find that same magic here. "Star Wars" fans will find a similar kind of wonder as well as they discover that the answer to a comparatively trivial question is far grander than they ever could have imagined. "Star Wars Special: C-3PO" #1 is something special, indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Jessie Robertson Apr 19, 2016

    This is definitely a book I recommend to Star Wars fans, and most defintely to fans of Threepio, like myself. Well-written, clever and really spot-on artwork. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 14, 2016

    For any Star Wars fan, this issue is a must-read. See C-3PO and his fellow droids take on some new elements and, in the end, stand victorious back where he belongs, with the Resistance. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 14, 2016

    Though I expected a breezy tale starring one of Star Wars' comedic lead, what I read was so much more, and so much better, than I ever could have hoped. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Apr 13, 2016

    Star Wars: C-3PO, however, is a wonderful surprise that proves you can take any element of the Star Wars legacy and tell an interesting story. This comic features an interesting cast, intriguing philosophical ideas for the Star Wars universe and a well told, heartfelt story. It's definitely worth your time and money and has been more than worth the wait. Now if only Marvel could make an interesting Jar Jar Binks series I'd be convinced they can do no wrong with this license… Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Apr 14, 2016

    C-3PO #1 is an exciting and distributing tale. James Robinson and Tony Harris prove what a talented team they are as they shed light on one the senseless lives of droids in the Star Wars universe. The story is told like an old school robotics yarn which Robinson does admirably. Tony Harris is ever the talent on art and colors and this book's a case for why he should be doing more interior pages This book is the type of Star Wars fable I've been wanting, not a bunch of fan service to reaffirm old school Star Wars fans, but to tell compelling new stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.5 - John McCubbin Apr 14, 2016

    C-3PO #1 was a wonderful look into the protocols time prior to The Force Awakens, answering the question of how he got his red arm in a touching manner. It also gave us some bold character interaction, as despite the main mission being a little dull in itself, the narrative as a whole was simply astonishing. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 13, 2016

    Star Wars Special: C-3PO is far more than a pointless tie-in comic that reveals an inconsequential secret about the Star Wars universe. It's a well-crafted story of survival, one that treats Threepio and his fellow droids as real characters with real motivations, And it offers a much different visual interpretation of the Star Wars franchise than we've seen from Marvel's other Star Wars comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Matthew Fay May 12, 2016

    Further, at times, one can't help but feel the story is trying too hard to provide an epic story for C-3PO's discolored arm, which could have been lost a countless number of ways (he's been torn apart enough over the course of the saga). But these are small criticisms for a story that is overall a heartfelt, intriguing and brilliantly illustrated look into the minds and souls of the Star Wars universe's most beloved background characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Apr 15, 2016

    While this comic is only a one-off, getting the Starman creative team to sign off on a Star Wars ongoing series would be a blessing from the publisher after reading this comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Apr 14, 2016

    Tony Harris art is gorgeous to behold, detailed and uniquely laid out as the master artist who drew so many Starman pages with Robinson is in rare form. This book was supposed to be out the same month The Force Awakens was released, but I have a feeling Harris highly detailed art pages put the brakes on things for a few months. But, this package is worth waiting for (and hey, its out in time for the DVD release so"), as a pair of veteran creators set out to tell a story about an arm but end up revealing the true inner nature of one of Star Wars' greatest heroes. Thank the Maker. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Apr 13, 2016

    The ending is also surprisingly poignant. I hadn't considered that the reason for C-3PO's red arm would be something so touching and sentimental. Add in some good actions sequences, and you've got yourself a comic that even person who doesn't like droid-centered stories (like me) can enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Apr 13, 2016

    All in all, Star Wars: C-3PO #1 is not bad. It's just not memorable beyond the completion of the assignment. The end result is by far more memorable than the journey. Part of that may be due to the delay (originally this issue was slated for a December release) and part of it may be that the expectations were ill-defined regarding the criticality of this tale. The journey for C-3PO is less important than the information in one of his traveling companions. The story of C-3PO's existence, to be certain. Robinson and Harris did a fine job with the pieces provided, but this story just isn't the best use of their talent. Maybe next time Marvel could have them take a look at some of the patrons of Maz Kanata's place. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Apr 19, 2016

    A beautiful, well crafted, but ultimately hollow, side story Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 19, 2016

    I will not lie and tell you that this story is necessary for any fan save a total completist.  If you HAVE to find out about C3PO's red arm, then you should be satisfied by the end and get a couple of cool moments as a bonus.  If you are just in the mood for a good Star Wars story, there are plenty of others stories out there which will serve you better, but if you have $4.99 to spare and like C3PO or the droids in the Star Wars Universe, you may get some enjoyment here. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 12, 2016

    The comic would have worked much better as a series of shorts in the back of some other issues, but on its own, it doesn't quite work. There's unfortunately not much there to really justify the comic or make it exciting. Marvel has been full of hits when it comes to their various Star Wars comics, but this one is definitely a miss. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Apr 13, 2016

    This special's subtitle, "The Phantom Limb," is more than likely a tongue-in-cheek reference to The Phantom Menace, but it also refers to the sense of loss droids feel when their memories are wiped and only fragments remain. While Star Wars: C-3PO is undercut by setting itself up to tell the non-story of Threepio's arm, the underlying themes are the most interesting aspects of the story, and it's just a shame that more time wasn't spent contemplating them outside of this limited format. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Tree Fingers Apr 14, 2016

    Really excellent. Art is on point.

  • 9.0
    Nightmare of Solomon Apr 16, 2016

    Wow... who knew they would be able to write a compelling one-shot about Threepio and a ragtag group of droids. That said, it being a one-shot was probably the best idea -- the story had the meat for one comic, but not for two or more without dragging down into a full-on decompression comic.

  • 9.0 Apr 29, 2016

    This book took forever to come out, was hit with delays, and that always worries me when it comes to comics. DC is having their own mess of delays/resolicits and Rebirth hasn’t even started yet. but this is Marvel’s one big gaffe (at least that we knew about up front) so i am willing to let it slide. we get to know how 3PO lost his original arm, and was given that replacement red arm we saw in the Force Awakens. The opening of the book, that very first page is REALLY cinematic, and it is followed up by a VERY tongue-in-cheek title page: featuring oversized lettering for “C3PO” and below it, reads “the phantom limb”. Getting an entire story that focuses only on a group of stranded droids looking for their “base” with a prisoner droid in tow is NOT how i expected this book to be, but it allowed for a lot of different personalities (yes, droids have personalities) to arise, and for some really emotional moments to play out at the loss of a comrade without it needing to be robbed of it’s weight and mortality by it being Leia, Poe or Ackbar- someone who is shown in the Force Awakens, so the moment loses something. these are all expendable droids, save for 3PO, so they live moment-to-moment in this story. The cast of six droids is whittled down to two in short order (not spoiling anything, but you can guess who the two are, once since his NAME is on the book…). The emotional tone of this book is a rather somber one, and that was unexpected. i really enjoyed this story a lot, and the art was stellar (well worth the wait) and by the end, i myself felt like i learned something about the droids, about choosing sides of a conflict and about myself.

  • 9.0
    golemgac Sep 1, 2017

    There are one of the best drawings I've ever seen in Disney's Star Wars comics. The story feels to be a little short but in the end i was impressed by the high quality of dialogues and storytelling (on the SW level).

  • 7.5
    The Villain Oct 17, 2016

    I don't really care for the art and this story didn't really require a standalone comic but there are a few moments in this book that provide some interesting information for fans of Star Wars. C-3P0 is out in front as he should be and there are a few moments of drama that partially work. I'm glad I read this as a Star Wars fan, but its not essential.

  • 6.5
    Gizmo Apr 23, 2016

    An unnecessarily complex origin to the red arm, but I liked it. It would be better with more clear artwork.

  • 1.5
    JBL Reviews Apr 16, 2016

    Felt like a money grab

  • 9.5
    GhostMan Apr 13, 2016

  • 8.0
    mseccatore Apr 17, 2016

  • 7.5
    CraigR Apr 17, 2016

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Apr 25, 2016

  • 6.0
    markkawika Sep 18, 2017

  • 4.0
    Lantern's Light Apr 19, 2016

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