Well now. If you were wondering how closely the new movie Star Wars universe and the Marvel Comics Star Wars universe would work together, considering that both are now owned by Disney, the answer is “Yes.” You may have noticed that C-3PO was sporting a new red arm in the Force Awakens trailers, and assumed that he’d lose a limb during the film. However, the origin of Threepio’s new appendage will be told in STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1, a one-shot out this December right around the movie’s release. And it’s by the team of writer James Robinson and Tony Harris, the Starman team reuniting for the first time in nearly 20 years.
“That’s a really exciting part of doing this story,” says Robinson in a statement. “I saw a photo of C-3PO with his red arm the other day and I thought ‘Wow, I’m the writer who gets to explain that’.”
This news, announced on Starwars.com, is intriguing in many ways. As mentioned, it shows a very close working relationship between comics and movies; it also makes one wonder just how on earth they are going to keep this under wraps, since comics typically get spoiled months before they are released. Maybe some titanium level encryption?
Also, just how well will this issue sell? Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to blow the door off the box office, and Marvel’s Star Wars comics are already crushing the sales charts. You wouldn’t expect a C-3PO solo adventure to set any records, but throw in the top level talent and the movie tie-in and this should sail to the Top 10 faster than you can say “expanded universe.”
STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1 Written by JAMES ROBINSON Art & Cover by TONY HARRIS On Sale This December!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.