At long last, multiple Eisner Award winner Matt Wagner will bring the story of Kevin Matchstick to a close. Announced during Image Comics’ Emerald City Comic Con panel, “Mage: The Hero Denied” will finally tell the final chapter of Wagner’s decades-old story of a man who finds himself in possession of a magic baseball bat, and discovers his true destiny.
“I don’t really have any explanation as to why it took me so damn long,” Wagner told the ECCC audience of the delay between “Mage” series, “other than, sometimes things feel right, sometimes they don’t.”
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“The storyline follows my life, everything in it is a metaphor for my life,” Wagner said of the “Mage” saga. “I’m telling the story of my life through a fantasy allegory. This one is a few years down the line. Our hero, Kevin Matchstick, is living a different kind of life. It feels great being back on this series. It feels very natural.”
On the surface, “Mage” is a superhero tale, but Wagner has never attempted to hide its true inspiration as a modern retelling of the legend of King Arthur. “You always hear every story’s already been told,” Wagner said. “That’s maybe true. But it hasn’t been told by you.”
“Mage: The Hero Denied” will be a 15-issue series, written and illustrated by Wagner with colors by his son, Brennan Wagner. The series will kick off with a half-sized #0 at Comic-Con International in San Diego this July, and will wrap up with a double-sized finale.
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