Matt Wagner’s Epic ‘Mage’ Returns to Image

Two comics stand out in my head as all time favorites, and they are both by Matt Wagner, Grendel and Mage. Mage returns this summer with the final chapter of the Kevin Matchstick saga.

Legendary creator and indy-comics pioneer Matt Wagner returns to bring fans the highly anticipated third and final story arc to MAGE from Image Comics this summer. MAGE: THE HERO DENIED will kickoff with the intro-sized issue #0 in July and carry on as a regular, 15-issue series beginning with THE HERO DENIED #1 this August.

This long-awaited conclusion to the epic fantasy trilogy MAGE follows the adventures of the reluctant everyman hero Kevin Matchstick who—after encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard—discovers he is the reincarnation of the legendary Pendragon and able to wield the power of the mystical weapon, Excalibur.

“The Hero’s journey can be long and arduous… but returning to the world of Mage always feels incredibly empowering,” said Wagner. “I’m really excited to finally be presenting this dramatic conclusion to the epic tales of Kevin Matchstick… and his third Mage.”

MAGE #0 (Diamond Code MAY170639) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 12th at the introductory price of $1.99. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 19th.

For fans new to MAGE, a reprint of the MAGE, VOL. 1 trade paperback (Diamond Code MAY170640) will also be available on Wednesday, July 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 5th.

MAGE #1 (Diamond Code JUN170617) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 16th.


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3 Responses to Matt Wagner’s Epic ‘Mage’ Returns to Image

  1. John Oppliger says:

    Can’t wait for this. Readers who haven’t discovered Mage: The Hero Discovered are overlooking one of the very best comic book stories ever written.

    From a spec perspective, I’ve never quite understood why the first appearance of Grendel (Comico Primer 2) is worth exponentially more than the first appearance of Mage (“Hero Discovered” issue 1). In other words, I wonder if Mage #1 is still undervalued.

    • Anthony says:

      Yes. Yes it is. Mage is a more introspective book that is almost autobiographical at times. Grendel is just a bad ass who fights a werewolf. I love Grendel and have a tattoo of him on my chest. Love Mage too though.

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  2. blind adam the comicpimp says:

    #awesomesauce the entire 15 issue run of mage the hero discovered is under vauled . but such a master peace. and compared to primer #2 and other Grendel keys is so cheap. matt wangers work is just amazing #testify blind adam out

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