Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Mace Windu #2

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Mace Windu #2

This review of Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic — Mace Windu #2 contains minor spoilers.

The mystery of the Jedi Order has always been its self-styled mission of policing the Galaxy and keeping order among the Republic.

It’s almost Sith-like, this devotion and dedication Jedi have, and has always been a sticking point for me amid the reverie and adulation of Jedi.

In the pages of Mace Windu #2, that hubris is brought to bear as Mace battles mano-a-mano with AD-W4 on Hissrich.

It’s this conflict, that plays out between Jedi Knights Kit Fisto, Prosseet Dibs, Rissa Mano and Windu, and the Separatist droids, that’s a telling nod.

Writer Matt Owens has planted some seeds of doubt within Windu, arguably the most dedicated of the Jedi. This dissension, though, is minor, almost overlooked. Yes, Windu is repeating the mantra of the Jedi Order as he combats AD-W4, but the way it’s scripted is telling.

This issue is also rife with action, something that artist Denys Cowan and inker Roberto Poggi excel at. The first issue drew some criticism over Cowan and Poggi’s portrayal of well-known characters — Yoda, for example — but in this second of five issues, it’s more streamlined yet doesn’t move away from Cowan’s inimitable styling.

Hissrich is a lush planet, and GURU-eFX’s colors reflect that, but it’s a planet on the brink of devastation, thanks to the Separatist drive for more energy to power its war machines.

This issue is a deft blend of words and deeds. While it may not explode with deep insight, it’s certainly building up to an intriguing showdown, one that may have some ramifications for Windu and his hubris.

Mace Windu #2 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

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