Here is an extra panel today for a statement:
I’ve noticed a pretty sad trend of irrelevant and mean-spirited comments about Mace Windu on the comic panels I share. So far, this hasn’t happened to any other character, but it has happened multiple times to Mace, even on panels where he is not at all present!
This is a pro-Mace Windu blog! He is awesome, and we stan!!! And I say this as an Anakin fangirl myself! If you don’t like the character, that is fine, and good-faith criticisms and discussion are always welcome. I don’t like Mon Mothma, but I’m not, like, weird about it. If Mace-haters keep making these kinds of comments, I may block them.
Please keep in mind the optics here. If you dislike the Black Jedi for being mean to your boy Ani, but you don’t dislike Obi-Wan nor Qui-Gon (Liam Neeson, you guys…), please, at the very least, spread the nuance around a bit. Obi-Wan kicked out Ahsoka, too.
Allow me to take this opportunity to gush about Mace, as a prequels fan who loves the Jedi almost as much as she loves dragging them. I think the biggest source of drama in the prequels is the tension between a relative outsider (Anakin) caught between the Republic/the “real world” (Padme) and the Jedi Order/the spiritual world (Obi-Wan). This is the love triangle, with Anakin in the middle. Mace is a parallel to Anakin because Mace is also caught between these two worlds; but, unlike Anakin, Mace fits. The Jedi are his family, and the Republic is his home, and Mace believes in both of them – even so far as to stage a coup to more fully combine them.
This is what Mace represents in the story: the unity of the Republic and Jedi – as impossible and troubling as that is. His ultimate act is to preserve the Republic with a Jedi-sanctioned assassination attempt. Palpatine took “emergency powers” to control the galaxy; but Mace is the one who faces an actual emergency, and so he MUST take over the galaxy himself (a KING!).
When Mace is killed by the combined force of Anakin and Palpatine, Mace’s death represents not only the end of both the Jedi Order and the Republic, but also the severance of what those organizations stood for – the severance of the real world and the spiritual world. This thrilling tension – the beauty of life, the call of the Force, the heart of the story – is gone, leaving behind only misery and fog. At that moment, Anakin stops believing in anything, and he won’t believe again until Luke recreates Mace’s rebellion and stands up to Palpatine in RotJ.
“What have I done?!” You killed Mace Windu, my guy!!! This is the moment that breaks our hero – not the Sand People or Temple massacres, not fighting Obi-Wan, not strangling Padme, but killing Mace Windu. Mace is, above all, belief; Darth Vader is, above all, hopelessness.
In the comics, Mace is often shown to be a deeply concerned family-man to his fellow Jedi. He is also shown to care for citizens, children, and animals. His Jedi lineage extends from his Padawan Depa Billaba to cartoon protagonists Kanan and Ezra, who keep these traditions alive (YES I want to connect Ezra’s affinity for animals to his Force-great-grandfather Mace’s defense of the Zillo Beast!). Mace is also a major character in my favorite Star Wars-y thing of all Star Wars-y things, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars.
💜also, purple lightsaber go swoosh💜
As soon as I can organize my Quinlan Vos comics, DSWCP will have a Mace Windu-themed week!
“Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu.” Marvel. February 27, 2018. Writer: Matt Owens. Penciller: Dennis Cowan. Inker: Roberto Poggi. Letterer: Joe Caramagna.