Mage: The Hero Denied #9

Writer: Matt Wagner Artist: Matt Wagner Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 13, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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Matt Wagner's classic saga of comics fantasy continues in the third and final part of his epic MAGE trilogy. Disaster has finally struck and torn Kevin Matchstick's family apart, leaving him bewildered and grief stricken. He desperately searches for any trace of where his loved ones might be held hostage, or if they are even still alive. Meanwhile, the sinister Gracklethorns are faced with their own family dilemma as the Umbra Mother reacts to mystical turmoil. Will Kevin at last find help...and the guidance he now needs even more urgently than ever?

MAGE: THE HERO DENIED is a 15-issue limited series climaxing in a double-sized final more

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester Jun 13, 2018

    Matt is getting ready to wrap things up. He has been writing the adventures of Kevin Pendragon for a long time now and the story is nearly coming to its end. Once it ends, oh what an ending it will be. It will be of the sort that is talked about by comic readers for years to come. A fitting conclusion and last act to a very dramatic saga series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dan Traeger Jun 15, 2018

    If you're not reading this magnificent slice of graphic literature your life is worthless and empty and you should seriously consider buying two copies of each Mage graphic novel to make up for it. One for you and one for a friend that you really, really, really like. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Jun 25, 2018

    There are a lot of tiebacks in Wagner's writing to previous series and books. I just love his art style as well. More so than any of his work, I feel that Mage captures that makes storyteller. It's the way he connects the threads that make this such a complete story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Jun 12, 2018

    Wagner builds tension in Mage: The Hero Denied #9, complicating Kevin's quest with twists and turns. Family is still at the heart of the series, but it is uncertain if Kevin's family will forever be torn apart. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 19, 2018

    Mage: The Hero Denied doesn't accomplish a lot here in a way but it serves as a good transitional issue with smaller movements that further cements some vents and deals with some neater aspects of this world. The action early on is fun and I really liked getting a look at the library, and just watching Miranda look for the kitty. Kevin's job of finding his family is proving more and more difficult but that's just reinforcing his resolve in all of it. Miranda comes across well here and I continue to like watching how the Gracklethorns operate as they're just neat. It's a solid installment of the larger whole and I continue to adore the artwork here. Read Full Review

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