This review of Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu #3 contains minor spoilers.
Three issues in and Marvel’s Mace Windu mini series is developing a solid voice, even as its visuals are proving ever more divisive among some Star Wars comics fans.
That’s not to say the five-issue series from writer Matt Owens deserves to be overlooked or abandoned.
Rather, it’s a story that has some wondering if the storyline could be bolder and, for lack of a better term, forceful.
While the crux of the tale is that of a small team of Jedi led by Windu trying to counter an ecological menace by the Separatists, the real conflict roars upward from the ashes and embers of a so-far lackluster tale: Are the Jedi just as guilty as the Separatists?
Wilson, whose story is illustrated by Denys Cowan and Roberto Poggi, with colors by Guru-eFX, gets to the messy center through Jedi Prosseet Dibs’ impassioned and striking declaration to Windu: “You fight for peace? You fight for the galaxy? No. You fight for yourself! You have perverted the very teachings of the Jedi Order!”
It’s a dramatic turn of events and evocative of the hubris that envelopes the Jedi. VC’s Joe Caramagna’s lettering only enhances the palpable disgust that Dibs is proclaiming.
While this is a high mark for the book, indeed for the first three issues that have been released, whether this tack is explored in issues four or five is likely to make or break the entire run.
Mace Windu #3 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.
(For more detail and discussion, listen to Comics With Kenobi #36, due out Nov. 2.)