An untold adventure from the early days of the Clone Wars finally comes to light in Mace Windu: Jedi of the Republic
The latest Marvel comic mini-series to focus on an individual character is Mace Windu: Jedi of the Republic. Set not long after the battle of Geonosis and the start of The Clone Wars, Mace Windu goes on a mission for the Jedi Council to stop a Separatist foothold on the planet Hissrich. Along for the ride, are Master Kit Fisto and new characters Prosset Dibbs and Rissa Mano.
Tasked with reconnaissance, Windu and his team travel to Hissrich to find out what the Separatists want with the planet and stop them. Once there, they find a new plant-based energy source and attempt to stop the battle droids and their ruthless droid bounty hunter commander. However, as the mission continues, Dibbs’s confronts Windu about the Jedi’s turn from pacifism to war endangering the mission.
This story was not what I was expecting. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn’t it. I liked that we got a flashback, however short, to Windu’s time as an apprentice and got to see a few his beginnings and where that famous aggression of his comes from. I liked the addition of new characters, and look forward to seeing if they are used again, but as a whole, the plot of this one just wasn’t what I was looking for. I think I’d rather of had a whole comic that showed his origins, or his training as an apprentice. Dealing with the Separatists and a dissenting Jedi Knight seemed like too much to cover in only five issues. It was good, but just not as great as the previous mini-series Marvel has done. If the comic had stuck to either liberating Hissrich or a dissenting Jedi Knight, I think I would have liked it better.
Author Matt Owens is best known for writing the Elektra comic and as a writer for Marvel’s Luke Cage. While I didn’t like the storyline, it was well written. Penciller Denys Cowan has been working for DC and Marvel since the 1980s on a number of popular series and has produced both Static Shock and The Boondocks for television. Together, they made a good team and portrayed the characters well. However, it just wasn’t the best outing for the comics.
Mace Windu: Jedi of the Republic is available from all good comic retailers now.
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