Mace Windu #1

Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu #1

Writer: Matt Owens
Penciller: Denys Cowan
Inker: Roberto Poggi
Colorist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Jesus Saiz

So, Mace Windu #1…it’s…not good. From the artwork, to the story and the dialog, everything is a mixed bag. Some elements are good, and some are really bad. And in the end, it doesn’t weigh out for the better.

The story is pretty simple. The Jedi council send Mace Windu and a team of Jedi to a jungle world called Hissrich to investigate the Separatist’s presence there. It’s suppose to be a stealth mission. Reconnaissance. As the story goes along, it probes at Mace Windu and his motivations as well as his thoughts on the Jedi and the Clone Wars. It also touches on the various members of the team. There’s Kit Fisto and two new Jedi: Prosset Dibs and Rissa Mano. Prosset is blind but insightful. Rissa, on the other hand, is young and talented. Together, they go to Hissrich to see what they can find.

Along the way, there’s a lot of little issues. Some things are pretty minor, like getting used to the way Matt Owens writes Yoda’s dialog. Other things are just small missteps along the way. For instance the story explains that the Republic is too strapped for resources to provide Mace a squadron of Clone troopers, so instead they give him three Jedi. To me, this doesn’t add up because Jedi are far more valuable than Clone troopers and should be in far shorter supply. Regardless, when the Jedi arrive on Hissrich as part of their stealth mission, one of the first things they do is blow their cover and attack some Separatists approaching their position. The comic even calls out this behavior and Mace just waves it away. While the story doesn’t reveal what’s so special about this planet, it ends with the hook that the Separatists are working with some droid mercenary who is new to Star Wars: AD-W4. It’s not the biggest pop to end on.

Going along this rocky road is some rough artwork. At first, Mace is the only one who looks bad. Then there’s a terrible shot of the Jedi council where the artist didn’t even bother to do a halfway decent job. Sometimes artists will rush the minor panels to focus on others, and that is readily apparent in this issue. Almost all of the depictions of Yoda are terrible. Mace, the main character, looks different in just about every panel. One thing Matt Owens does seem to be good at is the ships and droids as they look spot on. Some panels look better than others, but there’s a lot of inconsistency with the look of the characters from one panel to the next. In particular there’s one glaring series of panels with Rissa where each shot is a completely different take on her character.

With artwork that ranges from good to really bad, and a story that isn’t overly impressive, Mace Windu #1 is a let down. I give this one a two out of five metal bikinis. Unless you are a die hard Mace Windu fan, you’ll probably want to skip this one.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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