Rating: 4.5/5 – Actually gives the Star Wars prequels a reason to exist
What if all of Star Wars was an RPG campaign? That’s the premise Darths & Droids runs on – rather than the Star Wars movies being, well, movies, they’re instead the exploits of a group of players in a tabletop roleplaying game. You’ll find this funnier if you’re an RPG player, but it’s not at all necessary to be one to enjoy the comic as long as you’re familiar with Star Wars and like quality webcomics. And honestly, if you don’t know about Star Wars, then you should really go do watch it instead of reading webcomics.
What’s Awesome About It?
Darths and Droids manages to make Jar Jar Binks into a legitimately likable character. The following statement is true – if you don’t believe it, if you CAN’T believe it, then read the comic and prepare to be proven wrong. The comic manages to breathe a lot of new life and characterization into the Star Wars stories, and has a great mix of characterization and humor.
Composed entirely of screen-grabs of the Star Wars movies (in order from Episode I, currently mid-way through A New Hope), the comic manages to add so much while also staying very true to Star Wars and roleplaying games that it’s really not one to miss – definitely a top-notch piece of storytelling, and overall quite excellent.
Personally, I’m a big fan of Darths and Droids. While I believe the most recent storyline based on A New Hope isn’t quite as good as the prequel trilogy (something I never thought I’d be saying in any context, to be honest), the prequel trilogy is so amazingly well-done (and the current storyline isn’t really that bad, just not quite as good), it’s definitely something you’re going to want to check out.
I mean really, a version of the prequels that are actually good? You owe it to yourself to check this out.
Reviewed by: Stephen Bretall – firstname.lastname@example.org
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