Mage: The Hero Denied #0

Writer: Matt Wagner Artist: Matt Wagner Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 12, 2017 Cover Price: $1.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
8.1Critic Rating
10User Rating

MATT WAGNER returns with the third and final volume of his epic fantasy trilogy-MAGE: THE HERO DENIED. This long-awaited conclusion 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 story picks up several years after the fateful climax of THE HERO DEFINED and finds Kevin beginning to once again doubt the virtue of his actions and the course of his destiny.  
This introductory, half-sized issue #0 continues MAGE's tradition of an "Inter more

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 12, 2017

    This review is on the shorter side because this issue is on the shorter side. There's not a lot to say here, but overall the issue is one of the best I've read this week and accomplishes everything it could and in my humble opinion, should. Having read this, I want to read more Mage and will be checking out the first volume that's out this week as a reprint. See you in August Mage. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 14, 2017

    The art is terrific and the story is building to a big finish - I can't wait to see where it all goes! Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 14, 2017

    The return of Mage with this new fifteen issue series that's going to finish it up is enticing. I'm kind of interested in just going through it as a "new" reader to a larger degree and then re-reading it in full afterward to see how well it all ties together through all these years. With this issue, we get a fun little jumping on point that gives me what I want. Great artwork, some fun action, a look at our lead in his current form, and hints of what's to come. There's a lot to like and it's definitely an easy jumping on point that I hope some folks will take the chance with, or go and grab the previous works and dig into those as well. It's going to be quite the ride! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 12, 2017

    Brennan Wagner's colors seemed a little washed out, which in this instance gave the issue more of a classic 80s-90s vibe. The Hero Denied concludes the Mage trilogy and while we didn't get a lot of insight based on this preview, the final act should be a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jul 21, 2017

    I picked up a copy of this inexpensive zero issue for a friend of mine, who's only an occasional comic consumer but a major Mage fan. I noted he was posting online comics news stories about this new series, so I knew he'd love to have this issue. What he asked me when I gave it him was if and when the collected edition of The Hero Denied would be released. That made me think: why isn't The Hero Denied an original graphic novel rather than a comic-book series first? It's unlikely this third Mage series will attract a lot of new fans, and chances are, if it did, those readers would seek out past collections to get up to speed. That means any new readers and previous fans would be receptive to devouring The Hero Denied in one satisfying lump. I could be wrong, and chances are Image and/or Wagner might have even examined the possibility. Read Full Review

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