The graphic novel essentially documents the two droids' adventures
as they belong to the Pitareeze family, until they are made into
deputies and take off to capture a criminal at the end of the book.
In chapter one, the droids land on a space station on a transport
with many other droids, including a supposedly deactivated IG88.
Of course, the assassin droid becomes active, and takes control of the
ship, then leads everyone on a chase around the station before stealing
another transport. For some reason that I can't figure out, R2 helps
the droid escape, and to steal the transport. However, when things
get tough, the two droids bail out in an escape pod, and IG88 leaves the
R2 and 3PO land in a lake where the Pitareeze family is having
a picnic, and they volunteer to become part of the family. Unfortunately,
the young boy likes torturing the droids. It's kind of funny to see
3PO hanging upside down from a tree, and I could just hear his whinny voice
begging R2 to help him.
The Pitareeze family is visited by a representative of Olag Greck,
an alien who stole their starship designs, made poor replicas, and blamed
accidents due to poor quality on the father in the family, which nearly
ruined them. This time, he wants to obtain a hyperspace converter
Pitareeze has designed.
The father refuses, but the boy seems to want the money they
are offering, because he takes what he thinks is the converter and brings
it to the space station to Greck. But Greck knows that the gadget
is not the hyperspace converter. I don't know if the boy thought
that it actually was the device that Greck wanted, and he would get the
money, or if he wanted to try and swindle Greck. That part is not
made clear until the end of the chapter. But it doesn't matter, because
Greck takes the boy hostage, and demands that his father pay a ransom with
The father comes to the station, but the boy and 3PO escape.
Greck takes the converter, which is a decoy, and the boy and 3PO rescue
his father just in time. Greck is ruined by this incident.
Later, pirates attack the Pitareeze yacht, and strand them somewhere.
But they take R2 and 3PO and the boy with them, because together, they
make great pie! The boy escapes, but is shot down near the cave that
Greck is using as a hideout. R2 and 3PO are caught trying to escape
that night, and are challenged to a race. If the droids lose, they
will be disassembled. R2 drives so crazily that they win, just as
Greck approaches with the boy, a blaster in his back. But the guy
that R2 raced against had fallen off his speeder, and arrives late at the
pirate's camp, and so is able to stop Greck again. Greck, however,
escapes, and the droids and the boy are returned back to their family,
while the pirates get the stash Greck had hidden away in that cave.
On the way to a rendezvous at a spaceport, C3PO is damaged, so
he goes to a repair shop, where he is fixed up to look like the feared
assassin droid C3PX. He ends up scaring all sorts of people before
realizing the mix-up. He and R2 are captured by Greck, however, before
he can get fixed again. They are forced to fight in a gladiator arena,
but when 3PO is damaged again, the real C3PX takes over. R2 is forced
to defend himself, and uses what looks like a giant hammer to destroy the
Greck's former associate hires R2 and 3PO to do a job for her.
She wants them to steal some crystals from a cave guarded by a rock monster.
It seems that the monster ignores droids, but that happens to be true only
until the droids touch the crystal. R2 barely escapes, but 3PO does
not. He discovers that the crystals are baby rock monsters.
R2 is dumped out an airlock after delivering the crystals, but is picked
up by the Pitareeze family in orbit. They all meet at the cave again,
where the Pitareeze family tries to defend the rock monsters from the pirate
attack. It seems that they don't need protection, however, because
they all fuse together to form a giant monster, which takes down the pirates'
spaceship! They all surrender before getting destroyed.
The Pitareeze boy buys a scrap droid and fixes it up. It
is a giant creature, but seems quite tame. In the same city, two
cute daycare droids are forced to create weapons for the scrap dealer,
because he has taken their companion hostage. When R2 discovers this,
he convinces the new scrap-heap droid to intervene, and the droid scares
off the scrap dealer, leaving the daycare droids alone for good.
R2 is left outside to guard the family speeder while
C3PO and the father conduct negotiations. R2 gets stolen, however,
but that ship is attacked by pirates. Before the thieves can eject,
R2 steals a lifepod back to the surface. He arrives back just in
time for 3PO and the father to see him guarding the speeder. They
note that they are glad he hasn't gotten himself into trouble!
In the final chapter, the spaceport has to be evacuated because
of a power core breach. But the ships are not large enough to carry
everybody out. The droids are left behind. They are recruited
by a sheriff droid to help him maintain order, never mind that the port
is about to blow up. They discover what looks like a giant snake
in the lower levels, and temporarily stun it.
But they discover that Greck is back, trying to take advantage
of the situation by stealing cargo that was left behind. He sets
a giant battle droid against the sheriff droid, who gets "eaten" by the
thing. But R2 sends a bunch of remote zapper droids to attack the
thing, and allows the sheriff to escape. Meanwhile, 3PO and an alien
try to stop the reactor core from blowing, but they are unsuccessful, however,
they lure the giant snake into biting through the coolant pipes, which
diverts the explosion away from the spaceport. The explosion damages
Greck's ship, but he gets away. The spaceport is saved, however.
Later, R2 and 3PO say goodbye to the Pitareeze family, as they
have been deputized and plan to bring Greck to justice. They take
off for the Corellian system.
The stories started out nice and complex, like I enjoy.
After the first couple of chapters, however, they were getting simpler
and simpler! I believe the R2D2 story (guarding the speeder), and
the daycare droid stories were written at a different time, and just included
here for fun, but they were the simplest of the whole bunch.
It's nice to see the droids in action, though. Even though
R2 is reckless, and C3PO is a wimp, they are always heroes. The whole
thing was a lot of fun.