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Star Wars #38

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.


As the SCOURGE OF THE DROIDS makes its way through the palace of JABBA THE HUTT on Tatooine, LANDO CALRISSIAN is faced with a dire situation as he attempts to save the life of his old friend LOBOT. Their salvation is hidden deep within the palace…

…but will they live long enough to find it?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
Amazon ASIN

8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 96


    A pretty solid story, which is obviously set a number of weeks before the events that we see in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as Lando uses the same outfit to get into Jabba’s palace than the one that he wore in the movie. It will be interesting to see how this all builds up to those events and what will happen once the story moves beyond Jedi. If indeed Marvel chooses to give us a look at these popular characters in the post Jedi world.

  • 80

    This proper Star Wars series leans into the silliness of a sentient Scourge attempting to infiltrate as many droids as possible, as one droid specifically is seen barely escaping infection in Jabba’s Palace and going to great lengths to avoid acquisition. Meanwhile, Lando and Lobot enact their scheme to break into the Palace to unite with this droid, and while they ultimately cross paths, it’s possible they are in an even more dangerous situation than where they started. Given that this issue features a flashback in which Lobot is seen wearing a big, purple wig, it’s clear that this series is leaning into the absurdity of the Dark Droids crossover event, even if other titles are taking things a bit more seriously. In addition to be entertaining in its own right, the book also explains how Lando got into Jabba’s Palace in the first place, a point which was glazed over in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. This trio of characters will hopefully continue to serve as the focal point of Star Wars during the Dark Droids event, as they all play well off of each other in the face of a convoluted threat.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    While I’m still very wary of the Dark Droids storyline overall, Soule is handling it pretty well in this series as we get more of a Lando/Lobot story at the moment and the droid material is secondary. And when utilized, it’s not such a big abrupt and in your face kind of thing, instead leaning toward a bit more horror and tension. The trip to Tatooine makes sense in the context of how things have unfolded but the nod to Han is awkward as hell even if it is what will be used to nudge how they deal with it in the near future. The little moments work and the lighter bits with Lando and Lobot in the past – that wig! – provide the relief the darker parts of the story needs.

  • 75

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Star Wars #38 kicks off the next phase of the Dark Droids storyline as Lando goes to Jabba’s Palace to find the droid he needs to help Lobot. Turns out that not even Jabba’s Palace is safe from the new threat that’s assimilating more and more droids by the second. The comic does a good job conveying a zombie-like story but with droids. There are plenty of callbacks and teases to the film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, though it would’ve been nice if some moments actually led to more than just casual fan-service. However, the comic sets up a fun scenario that fans of the film will find exciting for the next issue.

  • 74

    Comic Watch

    Lando and Lobot aren’t out of the den of depravity that is Jabba’s Palace yet. Seems like a really good time for Lando to plan Han’s rescue, but first he needs to fix Lobot.

  • 74

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: To be completely honest, as much as I enjoy the extended universe of these stories and how they fill the gaps in between the movies, this story was a little disappointing. It hit too many moments that I remember from Return of the Jedi and took away from their impact. There are also too many logic gaps in this storyline. Lando seeing Han in carbonite and not doing anything and facing off against the rancor under Jabba’s palace went too far in my opinion. I also can’t find anything compelling about this dark droid storyline at all.

    The Art: Musabekov offers some great art in the issue and the characters and locations look great. I wish the story were stronger to justify the beauty of the art.

  • 70

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    All aspects of this crossover event have done an excellent job of selling the scourge as a terrifying foe, and Tatooine Treason is no different. The plot generally moves as you’d expect it to, before ending on a cliffhanger that really traps Lando and Lobot between a rock and a hard place. It’s a mildly frustrating cliffhanger rather than an exciting one, but I am at least looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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