The Phantom Limb is a one-shot Marvel comic book that was published on April 13, 2016 in Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1. The comic was originally to be published as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publishing program in December 2015, but was delayed multiple times. Despite this, certain variant covers of the comic still display the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens banner. The comic, written by James Robinson with art by Tony Harris, tells the story of how C-3PO received a red-colored arm, as seen in the film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. The comic was later collected in the hardcover compilation of the miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire on September 13, 2016.
- 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!
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Behind the scenesEdit
- The name of the story, "The Phantom Limb", may be a reference to the 2015 video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain , in which the protagonist, Venom Snake, has a red prosthetic left arm to replace the one he lost, the same arm that C-3PO has replaced. During the promotional period of both The Phantom Pain and The Force Awakens, fans noted the similarity in the arms and it subsequently became a minor meme featuring crossovers between the two series. The similarity also caught the attention of Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima, who shared several retweets of the memes. Hideo Kojima is also a real-life friend of J.J Abrams, the director of The Force Awakens.
- The story would go on to be adapted in the video game LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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- Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1 (First appearance)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Non-canonical appearance) (DLC)
- Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire