Comic Review: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #5

Published: December 27, 2017
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Matthew Owens
Penciler: Denys Cowan
Cover Artist: Rod Reis

The Synopsis:

Having rooted out the rebellion in their ranks, Master Windu and his companions make their final stand against the AD-W4 and his droid army!

The Story:

The final chapter of the Mace Windu arc opens with Kit Fisto repelling a horde of battle droids on the Separatist base. While he is doing this, Mace and Rissa sneak into the base undetected. Rissa is sent by Mace to complete her part of the mission, while Mace goes to confront AD-W4. The mercenary droid and the Jedi Master battle one another.

Kit seems to have met his match with the sheer volume of droids that is until Rissa shows up and helps him to defeat the rest. It turns out her part of the mission was to save Kit, or at least part of it was.

Mace watches as the resources the Separatists have gained, fly off into the sky above Hissrich. AD-W4 boasts that he has won, that is until the craft carrying the precious cargo explodes. We presume that this was done by Rissa, although this is never definitively confirmed. Before Mace can destroy AD-W4, the droids head lifts off his body and begins to soar into the sky. Using the force, Mace is able to destroy the head.

Back on Coruscant, Prosset stands before the Jedi Council, where he is found guilty. The Jedi punishment is not what Prosset expects, and it is decided he will work in the Jedi library. Later, Rissa and Mace discuss the Jedi’s choice of punishment for Prosset, with Mace explaining that the Jedi will need Prosset. Mace ends saying that the Jedi still need to fight…

The Review:

The final issue of Mace Windu does little to help change the trend set by the previous issues. The first thing that really struck me about this comic was how short it felt. Amongst the other series’ available from Marvel at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be much substance to this issue and it all ends a little too quickly. The main conclusion that Mace finds is that the Jedi need to fight, which was what Mace had such an issue with at the start of the series. I don’t feel that this issue was really dealt with well during the course of the five issues and I’m not quite sure why Mace’s doubts are so easily quelled by the mission he undertakes. It’s all a little too neat and tidy.

The other issue that kept striking me through this issue was the artwork. I know I have complained about this in previous issues, but almost every page had visuals that took me out of the story. The most notable were the images of Yoda and the montage of the Clone Wars. It all just seems very messy and in need of some serious work by the artist.

So now the entire series has finished what do I make of Mace Windu? Well, and I’m sure that this is no surprise, I think it is a subpar series compared to some of the other things Marvel is doing at the moment. I expect more. The story I felt was extremely weak and could have gone so much further, including so much more, yet it barely scraped the surface of who Mace is and his internal dilemmas. The art was equally weak and rushed and is some of the worst I have seen from Marvel. The characters felt foreign to me, particularly Kit Fisto who I feel was betrayed completely wrong in this story. All in all, this has felt rushed and a gap filler. There are mainly complaints being thrown at Marvel and I do think many are unjustified. However, it is series like this that really let Marvel down. Mace Windu is a beloved character by many fans and these series based around a single character are supposed to be something special; this is not. I think I speak for most fans when I say we want quality not quantity, yet these seems like the latter. I only hope Marvel will realise this before they lose too many readers.

Availability:

Mace Windu is a five part series available from Marvel. This issue is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.

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Mark 'Spooked Hippie' Alders
Mark’s day job is a primary school teacher, where in his classroom you will find life size cut outs of Darth Vader and Chewbacca, trying his best to educate the youth of today in the ways of the force.