Matt Wagner’s “Mage” comes to an end this February
They say all good things come to an end, and that holds true for Matt Wagner’s Mage. The semi-autobiographical fantasy epic from Wagner has taken over thirty years to tell, and the final issue of the final volume will be released next February. Issue 15 of Mage: The Hero Denied will be a massive 56 pages and include a truly headspinning eight-page gatefold image, proving that Wagner is pulling out all the stops for his passion project. Check out the details below.
MATT WAGNER’S MAGE SERIES COMES TO EPIC CONCLUSION AFTER 35 YEARS OF ADVENTURE, FINALE ISSUE TO FEATURE 8-PAGE GATEFOLD
PORTLAND, OR, 11/26/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that long-running, cult-favorite series MAGE by Matt Wagner will feature a special, breathtaking 8-page gatefold in the finale issue of the series, MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #15. This highly collectible issue will bring the series to a stunning conclusion after 35 years of adventure.
First premiering as part of the indie comics boom in the ’80s, MAGE tells the story of the classic Hero’s Journey through the lens of a contemporary setting and as an allegorical autobiography of Wagner himself.
Wagner’s fictional alter-ego, Kevin Matchstick, confronts both supernatural enemies as well as his own humanity in his heroic role—a modern-day incarnation of the legendary Pendragon, wielder of the mystic weapon, Excalibur.
A vanguard of the independent comics movement for decades, Wagner is perhaps best known for his epic crime-and-sci-fi noir narrative, Grendel, but it is in the pages of MAGE that his most personal story comes to fruition.
“MAGE has been an utterly unique and rewarding experience for me,” said Wagner. “I’d like to thank both my new and longtime readers, especially those dedicated fans who have stuck with MAGE through the long gaps between the various books of the trilogy. Your continued interest and passion for this story have always served to inspire me. And I’d also like to thank the entire Image Comics crew in their unfailing support and enthusiasm for seeing this project through to completion.”
MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #15 Cover A by Wagner (Diamond Code DEC180259) and Cover B by Wagner (Diamond Code DEC180260) will feature colors by Brennan Wagner and letters by Dave Lanphear as a special oversized issue weighing in at 56 pages.
Mage: The Hero Denied #15 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on February 27, 2019.