In a surprising turn of events it looks like C-3PO might be about to take on Darth Vader

Art from Star Wars: Dark Droids
(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

There's a droid rebellion taking place across the Star Wars galaxy, one that's been fuelled by a malevolent entity known only as "the Scourge." This evil being has been contaminating every droid it comes across and it has one goal: to access the power of the Force.

Currently it's in control of protocol droid C-3PO, who has traveled to the fiery world of Mustafar, the location of Fortress Vader, with one intent: to possess the Dark Lord of the Sith. Vader is not a droid, of course, but as a certain Force Ghost once famously pointed out, "He's more machine now than man," so we guess that counts as a loophole. But the question on our lips is: will Threepio try to fight Vader?

You can check out a selection of pages from the new issue in the gallery below.

The Scourge is an ancient weapon that was last unleashed centuries ago. The Sith managed to stop it using a Fermata Cage - a device designed by Darth Momin that freezes people in time. It was released from this prison by Lady Qi'ra and is now roaming across the galaxy, consuming the minds and bodies of everything it comes into contact with.

You can check out the stylish main cover by artist Leinil Francis Yu and colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr. below.

Cover for Star Wars: Dark Droid #3.

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Marvel's official synopsis for the new issue reads:

"THE SCOURGE DESCENDS ON MUSTAFAR! For the evil intelligence taking over droids across the galaxy, there is no greater prize than THE FORCE. And who better to steal it from than a being who is more machine than man…DARTH VADER!"

Star Wars: Dark Droids #3 is written by Charles Soule, drawn by Luke Ross, colored by Alex Sinclair and lettered by Travis Lanham. It's published by Marvel Comics on October 11.

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Will Salmon
Comics Editor

Will Salmon is the Comics Editor for GamesRadar/Newsarama. He has been writing about comics, film, TV, and music for more than 15 years, which is quite a long time if you stop and think about it. At Future he has previously launched scary movie magazine Horrorville, relaunched Comic Heroes, and has written for every issue of SFX magazine for over a decade. He sometimes feels very old, like Guy Pearce in Prometheus. His music writing has appeared in The Quietus, MOJO, Electronic Sound, Clash, and loads of other places and he runs the micro-label Modern Aviation, which puts out experimental music on cassette tape.