Mage: The Hero Denied #5

Writer: Matt Wagner Artist: Matt Wagner Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 17, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4
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MATT WAGNER's classic saga of comics fantasy continues in the third and final part of his epic MAGE trilogy. More than a year has passed since Kevin Matchstick's nearly fatal encounter with an ancient Goddess of the Underworld. Kevin and his family have moved farther north in an effort to escape the notice of his enemies and are gradually settling into their new life once again. More than ever, the erstwhile hero is determined to forswear his role as the Pendragon and avoid calling on the power of Excalibur. But his determination is put to the test with the sudden and unexpected arrival of a familiar face from Kevin's adventuresome past.

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 21, 2018

    As an avowed Wagner fanboy since late in high school, I admit that I may be biased, but this issue (indeed, all the issues in this volume) have been wonderful and expertly crafted. Mage Book Three: The Hero Denied #5 gives us some unexpected returns, some beautiful art and a masterful advancement of the story, with just enough discomfort to remind me that the title implies bad things for Mister Matchstick. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 20, 2018

    I can't wait for the next issue - though, paradoxically, I hate to see this terrific series end! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 23, 2018

    While we do get a little bit of movement with Kevin's opponent coming back into the picture after being tossed into another realm for thirteen months, Mage: The Hero Denied has a quiet installment here that sets things up for what's next. Things are proceeding with the villains and their facilities, off-panel, and Kevin and his family are keeping their heads down as they set up shop elsewhere to try and get further along in their bigger plan in keeping them all safe. It's a nice bit that touches on the past with Mirth for a few pages and Joe for a few as well, but it's also one that can be seen as a bit underwhelming unless you view it in the context of not just this series in particular as a transitional piece but within the work as a whole going back to the beginning. Definitely enjoyable for a range of reasons, including nostalgia, and it has me excited to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Feb 2, 2018

    The Umbria Sprite back in town is never a good sign, and as she gets closer by the day to the Fisher King this really speeds up the urgency in the book. It looks like Kevin the Last Pendragon will not be able to avoid this battle for long. Especially not with the lords of Hell on his heels! A slower read, but it paces out the story and builds to drama and some future plans of the Villians. Not the issue to begin the journey with, but a solid continuation with a fair amount of plot. Read Full Review

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