This review of Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu #4 contains minor spoilers.
The penultimate issue of the Mace Windu mini series has upped the stakes demonstrably through the use of flashbacks and real-world parallels to evangelism and how that can be good and bad.
What’s most striking about the issue, written by Matt Owens, is its deep dive into the pros and cons of a widely accepted way of thinking and how easy it can be to hijack it for one’s own personal gain.
As such, the series takes a needed break from the previous three issues to focus instead on the moral relativism of Jedi dogma and whether a one-size-fits-all thinking can ever work for such a disparate group of adherents.
The story is made better, too, by the use of flashbacks that shows readers a Padawan Mace Windu searching out an imposter with Jedi Master Cyslin Myr on the the world of Mathas.
What follows is a dialogue-driven search for not just souls, but action. The fact that Edgar Salazar and Scott Hanna handle the pencils and inks for the flashback, while Denys Cowan and Roberto Poggi draw the events in Hissrich, is an important distinction. Also helping to differentiate the events is VC’s Joe Caramagna. His lettering is adept and propels the narration forward.
How the flashback is resolved is important, given it directly affects the schism developing on Hissrich between now-Jedi Master Mace Windu and Jedi Knight Prosset Dibs, who is tired of the Jedi’s lack of deeds and seemingly hollow words.
While the situation is, seemingly resolved, the damage is done and whether it can be undone is vitally important to not just this mini series, but to the wider scope of the Jedi order. Mace Windu is a fierce, devoted and loyal Jedi.
Whether he should be is the question now.
Mace Windu #4 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.
(For more detail and discussion, listen to Comics With Kenobi #37 in December.)