"Wire him up well! If you don't get it right the first time, there won't be enough of his brain left to try again!"
In issue #6 our droids are trapped on the kidnappers ship whose leader the Dictator wants to perform some form of brain experiment on the smiler so that he can gain the secrets of the rapture inducing herb and distribute it amongst his enemies. This experiment is interrupted by R2 who being influenced by the Caretaker virus shoots the computer equipment. Before the Dictator can execute our droids for this his enemies attack but are defeated by his superior forces. They escape and the droids travel with them deciding they would be better off with them than with the dictator. They still need to rescue the Smiler however who is still trapped in the Dictator's compound.
In issue #7 we have the rescue of both R2 and the Smiler. Any hopes of rescuing them seems lost due to the force field until the Ithorian Zorneth attacks the compound in his ship giving the rebels the chance to chuck both C3P0 and another droid through the closing force field. They rescue R2 but don't manage to get to the Smiler but C3P0 convinces the other droid to remove the caretaker virus from R2 will allows him to concentrate on hacking the security system and removing the force field. This is the sign to all of the rebels to attack and this is ultimately too much for the Dictator who underestimated their forces. He has to escape on a ship without the Smiler and R2 is recognised to be a hero with or without the caretaker virus.
In the final issue we have the reveal that Zorneth was with the Smiler when they first discovered the effects of the drug. Zorneth formulates the plan to use the rapture inducing drug on the most corrupt leaders of the universe and so replace war with peace and he has a forest full of the drug on his ship, C3P0 and R2D2 learn of this through Zorneth's most loyal droid and decide that they can have no part in this plan. Meanwhile the Dictator captures an Ithorian ship that is due to have some of the drug off Zorneth and pretends to be them until they are close and then attack. The battle looks to be turning into the Dictator's favour until the Smiler in what looks to be a moment of considered thought initiates the ships self destruct program. The droid that was most loyal to Zorneth realises that Zorneth has lost all reason and so helps our droids into an escape pod with the Smiler. The ship dramatically explodes and Zorneth's former droid is seen offering a bowl of drug infused food to the Dictator. We last see our droids flying in the escape pod with R2D2 commenting that it seemed like in that final moment that the Smiler knew what he was
Rating: 7/10 - Death Star