It’s a Triple Shot of MAGE This Summer, THE HERO DENIED Premieres in July from Image Comics

MAGE IS BACK
The highly anticipated third and final story arc
THE HERO DENIED launches this July

Legendary creator and indie 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
Writer: Matt Wagner
Artist: Matt Wagner
Cover Artist: Matt Wagner
Diamond Code: MAY170639
In Shops: Jul 12, 2017
SRP: $1.99

This introductory, half-sized issue #0 continues MAGE’s tradition of an “Interlude” short-adventure, bridging the gap between this series and the previous storyline. It also acts as a perfect jumping-on spot for new readers.

Mage #0 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 will also be available on Wednesday, July 12th.

MAGE, Vol.1
Writer: Matt Wagner
Cover Artist: Matt Wagner
Diamond Code: MAY170640
In Shops: Jul 12, 2017
SRP: $19.99
The first of two volumes reprinting the classic early issues of creator MATT WAGNER’s epic fantasy trilogy. THE HERO DISCOVERED reveals the fledgling adventures of the reluctant everyman hero, Kevin Matchstick. After encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard, Kevin soon discovers that he is more than he ever imagined.
This seminal work has found an enduring popularity with readers for decades and marks creator MATT WAGNER’s emergence as a powerful story-teller.  With the release of the final part of the MAGE trilogy, this series will spark interest with new readers and older fans alike.

The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 5th


MAGE #1
Writer: Matt Wagner
Artist: Matt Wagner
Cover Artist: Matt Wagner

Diamond Code: JUN170617

In Shops: Aug 16, 2017
SRP: $3.99

This first full-sized issue begins 10 years after the climax of THE HERO DEFINED and finds the everyman hero Kevin Matchstick at an unexpected point in his life. It’s been some time since he’s utilized his powers as the reincarnated Pendragon, wielder of the mystical weapon Excalibur. Despite his reluctance to fulfill what two different Mages have declared as his destiny, dark forces have gathered to once again force Kevin into action.  Throughout these events, Kevin keeps hoping for the same mystical guidance that has mentored him in the past. “Who is the third Mage?!”

MAGE: THE HERO DENIED will be a 15-issue limited series climaxing in a double-sized finale. Newly repackaged editions of the previous books from the trilogy-THE HERO DISCOVERED and THE HERO DEFINED-will be released over the course of the new series. MAGE has been a perennial favorite with old and new readers alike for nearly three decades.

MAGE #1 will hit stores on Wednesday, July 24th.

The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 16th.


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*** info courtesy of Image Comics

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