STAR WARS DROIDS: UNPLUGGED #1
Everyone’s favorite boops and beeps from Star Wars get their own little adventures in STAR WARS DROIDS: UNPLUGGED #1 from Marvel Comics. Written and drawn by Chris Eliopoulos with colors by talented colorist Jordie Bellaire this comic is composed of three small vignettes, each focusing on one of the non-verbal droids from across the Star Wars Saga. We meet a Sith probe droid with a heart in “Prode Droid Problem”, follow R2-D2 as he navigates a sea of moody GONK droids in “Droid Dilemma”, and finally we get to see how BB-8 plays match maker for the Resistance in “SaBBotage”.
All three of these stories are cute and endearing and read extremely fast, especially since none of the mechanical protagonists can talk. Out of all three I was surprised to find that I found the tale of Darth Maul’s little probe droid the most heart warming. His bond and reciprocated rescue of another bot in distress proves that just because you might work for a bad guy it does not make you a bad guy yourself. This was my first experience with the art of Chris Eliopoulos and I thought it was a great blend of the Ships and droids of the Star Wars universe I love along with charming cartooning of the human characters. His style reminds me of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes and that is the highest praise I can think of.
STAR WARS DROIDS: UNPLUGGED #1 was a fun, if quick, read that I think can be enjoyed by Star Wars fans young and old. It would also be a fantastic book for young children learning to read due to its sparse dialogue and heavy reliance on visual queues to tell its story.