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Star Wars: Mace Windu #1 (of 4)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

ONE OF THE GREATEST JEDI MUST STOP AN INCENDIARY SECRET FROM FALLING INTO THE WRONG HANDS! Even in the years before THE CLONE WARS, MACE WINDU was known for his discipline, determination and combat skills. When a scientist’s discovery threatens the balance of the galaxy, Mace is led down a treacherous path of mystery and action. Introducing AZITA CRUUZ, a pirate with a deadly secret, who the HUTTS and the REPUBLIC will stop at nothing to control!

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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Future of the Force

    There is nothing I can say about this comic negatively in terms of story. However, the art has a very inconsistent level of quality. Some panels are gorgeous. But when the character’s faces are depicted from a distance, they are lazily drawn as blurry and out of focus. I hate this because I feel art should always be consistent and well-crafted. But it’s not a big problem. I am very excited to see where this mini-series goes. It hits all the right feels for a Star Wars adventure. Exotic locales, interesting McGuffin’s, action, high-speed chases (and if the preview holds, exciting megafauna for the next issue). All-Star Wars. All good.
  • 96


    It goes without saying that Mace Windu is perhaps one of the best characters from the Star Wars Prequel trilogy and one of those characters that we know the least about when it comes to his backstory. This new series by Marc Bernardin looks to address that issue and does a pretty solid job of it in this first issue. The story sees Mace having to become a sort of secret agent as he has to try and fit in on the planet of Ro Mitra and find the young woman that he has been tasked with finding by Yoda and the Jedi Council. I look forward to seeing how this story unfolds in the months ahead.
  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    The team assembled has me excited for this run. This story has a lot of potential and exciting places we can go on this adventure. The Clone Wars era is my favorite, so I will gladly take any tale set during it, and bonus points for it being Mace Windu. I’m going to be adding this to my monthly pull list.
  • 85

    SWNN - Star Wars News Net

    One of the key aspects of Mace Windu is his stoicism. In the movies, Samuel L. Jackson portrayed the character as a somber, deep-thinking, man of few words. And that’s an element I’m glad is captured here. Writer Marc Bernardin lets Mace Windu speak more, but his interactions with others never go on for too long. Bernardin finds the right level of wisdom and intimidation that makes Mace Windu a powerful speaker.
  • 84

    Comic Crusaders

    This book would benefit from being a bit more steeped in worlds and other prequel characters we are familiar with. But surrounding Mace with new characters and locales does allow for some suspense in terms of where this story could could go. There are some anachronisms in seeing the Jedi operate in this era as a strategic military unit. A bit more philosophy and introspection would help to balance the action. The team does a great job of keeping Mace cool under fire and making him appropriately laconic. Mace Windu is a character that is worth exploring further and this book is giving us exactly what we want.
  • 80

    Set before Mace Windu was a member of the Jedi council, he is among the many Jedi tasked with keeping the peace of the galaxy. This debut issue sees him coming to the aid of a woman who claims to have made a major discovery in the realm of intergalactic travel, with the major issue being that Mace and the Jedi are far from the only ones who want to track her down and not everyone has helpful intentions. This book opens with Mace launching out of the ocean, clearly already in the midst of a death-defying mission, only to land his next mission courtesy of Yoda. Fans of the prequel films haven't seen this side of Windu, and while we may have already seen his skills in combat in the prequels, this book highlights a much more spry and quick-to-act figure than seen in that trilogy. The tone is pulpy and noirish, delivering a Jedi on a mission that requires him to keep to the shadows, while the artwork mirrors that narrative tone with a grittier look and feel compared to the slicker and more polished Star Wars comics being published right now. This debut issue doesn't entirely reinvent the wheel, but it's refreshing to be getting a book featuring a cool character on a cool mission who is keeping his cool. We don't yet know what the future holds for the book, but we're thrilled to see the fan-favorite character earning a series that is as exciting as his reputation.
  • 80

    Capes & Tights

    Overall, Mace Windu #1 is a thrilling adventure that captures the spirit of the franchise while also delivering something new and exciting. With great writing and artwork, as well as a standout protagonist, this series has all the makings of a classic.
  • 71

    Multiversity Comics

    Overall, this comic does a lot of things well: it gives a good central conflict that feels accurate to this era of Star Wars, it lets its artist do their thing, and it gives the readers an overall sense of who the Mace Windu of this comic is. Whether or not this series can do the work to transcend all of that remains to be seen. Do we really want a more understood/known Mace Windu? I’m not sure, but the opposite question – do we want to know nothing about him? – seems untrue also. It’s a tough line to walk, but Bernardin and Jeanty seem like they’re at least willing to wrestle with that situation.
  • 70


    Star Wars: Mace Windu #1 is an okay start to a story that has tons of potential. Mace Windu is not yet on the council and still serving as a solo-mission Jedi who is perfectly capable of pulling off a mission of any size. It’s just that this story is too slow for its own good, with at least the next issue necessary to see if it’s worth further reading.
  • 63

    Major Spoilers

    Those questions aside, though, Star Wars: Mace Windu #1 sets up its premise and objective effectively, using Yoda’s longevity as a barometer for the setting, giving us a young Jedi of action in the prime of his life, and playing well within the rules of Star Wars tales. I’ll be looking out for issue two, but whether I come back after that is going to depend on what twists they put on these elements next time.

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