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Star Wars: Dark Droids #1 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.



Who or what is THE SCOURGE, and why is no droid safe?

As a corruption spreads from one droid to the next THE REBELLION and THE EMPIRE face chaos!

What role does AJAX SIGMA play in all of this? And whose side is he on? Find out when horror comes to a galaxy far, far away!

Charles Soule continues his legendary run on STAR WARS with the most ambitious event in STAR WARS comics history!

Joined by his WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS collaborator Luke Ross, the superstar team carves a new path for the future!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
Amazon ASIN

11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Shocking, chilling and mesmerizing new event that is already epic, narrated with an addictive pace.

    Art is highly detailed and captures the tone and designs of the original Star Wars trilogy, with epic sequences and lots of science fiction.

  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Lando’s course is set and he is well on his way to getting the info he needs. But how long must Han pay for his machinations.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 90

    Derby Comics

    STAR WARS: DARK DROIDS #1 is a textbook example of what an event kick-off issue should be — entertaining on it’s own, while laying the foundation for an overarching plot than can be continued and expanded upon in other titles. In this one issue, the creative team is able to build stakes that already feels insurmountable and make a story about droids feel entirely human.

  • 87

    Future of the Force

    This was an excellent rendition of an A.I. rebellion and I love the direction it is going towards. I probably won’t review every issue, but I implore devout comic readers to do so. I flit in and out of the comics, picking and choosing what interests me to review. And I will be returning if something new and exciting presents itself. However, I just wanted to see how the inception of this story was created.

  • 80

    Where this Dark Droids story, or the whole crossover event, goes from here is yet to be seen and it’s entirely possible that the concept could devolve back into superficial silliness or high-concept nonsense, but this debut issue provides more gravitas to the initiative than expected. The creative team on this title are all-star collaborators in the galaxy far, far away, so we can hope that this core Dark Droids title maintains some consistency and fares better than previous title-spanning storylines, though we also can’t yet predict how fulfilling tie-ins will be. Despite inherent challenges, Star Wars: Dark Droids #1 proves that the most ambitious creatives in the game can find unconventional approaches to the most challenging and complex concepts and deliver something that is both superficially entertaining while also sparking existential themes of identity.

  • 80


    Star Wars: Dark Droids #1 is a horror-tinged tale that finally touches upon one of the unanswered questions of the Star Wars universe. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next issue, especially as it looks like no character is safe from the Spark Eternal’s influence.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    Dark Droids certainly has plenty of potential but with the last event landing with a thud for me and all of it getting closer to the ROTJ film moments, I’m just wary of doing something so big so close to that as it doesn’t track well. I get the need in terms of story and business to interconnect things, but the droids themselves is such a minefield of potential terribleness. I do like that this book does a good montage sequence to show the different ways droids are treated and that it’s a complicated situation, but the reality of the larger galactic social view on droids is clear and not likely to change anytime soon in-universe. Soule sets things up well and if I had actually liked the previous storylines with the Spark Eternal I might be more open to it, but there are just a lot of recent bad ideas that are floating into this from other works.

  • 80

    Capes & Tights

    Star Wars: Dark Droids is a compelling story with a unique perspective that adds to the franchise’s overall lore. Charles Soule and Luke Ross have created an epic like you’ve never seen before.

  • 70

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    This first comic is mainly concerned with establishing the new enemy and putting all the pieces into place so the crossover can really get to work across each of the individual comic series, but the threat is dark and terrifying and I’m deeply interested to see how it plays out.

  • 40

    Impulse Gamer

    Supposedly this is the start of the new expansive crossover storyline. To be honest I do not have the stomach for such things as the two after War of the Bounty Hunters were damp squibs. The only one that worked out satisfactorily was Doctor Aphra’s storyline with the Spark Eternal.

    I am not sure how much they are going to cram into the time period between Empire and Jedi as even the comics are doing Return of the Jedi storylines now. I may not have gotten into the High Republic stuff but at least it was something different.

    I might not be checking all of this series but I will check in from time to time if any of the characters I actually like are in it.

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