Warning: SPOILERS for Poe Dameron #28
Star Wars fans don't need to wonder what BB-8 or R2-D2 really sound like anymore, now that Marvel Comics has answered the question. And given their attitudes, we're sure most fans will enjoy "hearing" the famous droids for the first time.
The inability to speak the same language as the movies' heroes or audience hasn't prevented R2 from becoming a mascot for the series - or BB-8 from living up to that same standard. But there's a difference between knowing the droids have voices of their own, and actually witnessing it for yourself.
Until C-3PO ruins the fun, as always.
The reveal comes as a surprise to the actual readers of the comic, as well, with the opening pages of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #28 recapping the major events of The Force Awakens and its final battle aboard the Starkiller (which R2 missed, awaiting a reactivation to complete the map to Luke Skywalker). Recapping through dialogue boxes, as two unknown characters share their own perspectives as friends separated prior to the battle.
Until C-3PO interrupts... revealing its been BB-8 and R2-D2 talking the entire time.
In the fiction of the Star Wars universe, it means that the reader has enjoyed seeing the Droid language of beeps and whirrs shared by the two hero robots translated into Basic, the dominant language of the series. Apparently, keeping the tone and personality of the two intact - BB-8's implicit respect for R2 as a war hero, and R2's commitment to documenting history for future generations the most notable wrinkle. And of course, sharing his own realization that he's one profoundly-fated droid:
"Thank you for telling me all this. I know it can be hard to talk about, but war stories are important. These things can't pass into the night. Sometimes I think it's my destiny--to see things, to be present, to witness the galaxy moving, evolving.
Its a fantastic twist from Charles Soule and Angel Unzueta sure to delight readers, be they longtime comic consumers, or the newest wave of movie fans. And while some may see it as a joke to observe R2 giving an inspirational talk to BB-8 about the need for hope in the face of galactic war, it doubles down on these droids being legitimate members of the film's cast.
After all, director Rian Johnson confirmed that The Last Jedi had BB-8 deliver the famous catchphrase instead of a human, confirming that even droids can "have a bad feeling about this." Not to mention the expansion of droid consciousness in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which both R2 and BB-8 express. It also goes without saying that through this issue's opening, it's BB-8 who does most of the talking.
It may not be franchise-redefining history being made, but it's history nonetheless. Especially for the conclusion of the scene, with C-3PO interrupting this inspiring, emotional, and reverent exchange by calling it "blathering." Proving once and for all that it's Threepio who lacks refinement and a philosophical imagination, and deserves every one of the biting beep-filled retorts given to him in response.
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #28 is available now from Marvel Comics.