Comics preview: You don’t have to twist Marvel’s arm to explain C-3PO’s red reacher


[quote style=”boxed”]Goodness! Han Solo! It is I, See-Threepio! … You probably don’t recognize me because of the red arm.”[/quote]

C-3PO’s hilariously awkward re-introduction in Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens is already a classic Saga moment. Just how did Goldenrod get caught red handed, though?

In March, Marvel Comics will answer that “burning question” (their words) in “Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1.” And they’ve given us a sneak peek at some panels in which the persnickety protocol droid features prominently.

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Beyond raising the arm issue and elbowing the character’s way into his first titular solo (not Solo) comic, C-3PO #1 is also notable for reuniting DC Comics’ Starman co-creators, writer James Robinson and artist Tony Harris, for the first time in nearly 20 years. Harris did the art and cover; there will of course be several variant covers, including a movie photo version and an “action figure” cover.

Speaking of action figures, I think I first noticed the red arm sticking out like a sore thumb in an imaginative Duracell battery commercial that was part of the marketing frenzy leading up to Episode VII’s release.

There’s no direct involvement from actor Anthony Daniels, whose voice and mannerisms so brilliantly bring the droid to life on screen, but maybe you can get him to sign your copy of the comic book one day. He’s a real nice chap.

Marvel describes the special issue as “the only place to learn the shocking truth behind how C-3PO lost his original arm – and the exciting origin of how he gained a new one.”

Or maybe they’re expertly trolling us, and this all has been an elaborate build-up to a new spin on the spooky old “Golden Arm” folktale. I could almost respect that.

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