Mage the Hero Denied # 0 NM Matt Wagner 1st print Image 2017



Mage The Hero Denied #0
Published Jul 2017 by Image
Story, Art and Cover by Matt Wagner

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 ‘Interlude’ short-adventure, bridging the gap between this series and the previous storyline. It also acts as a perfect jumping-on spot for new readers.

12 pages, full color.

WATCHMEN Producer Lloyd Levin Adapting Matt Wagner’s Comic Book MAGE

The Hero Discovered, the first arc of Matt Wagner’s 80s comic book series Mage is being adapted into a feature film by Watchmen producer Lloyd Levin.

Watchmen producer Lloyd Levin is going back to the 80s for another comic-book adaptation. This time, he’s adapting Matt Wagner’s Mage. Per Variety, the books are a reinterpretation of the legend of Camelot and “centers on Kevin Matchstick, an alienated young man who discovers he has superhuman abilities, gains a magic baseball bat and defeats the nefarious plans of a being called the Umbra Sprite.” There are three volumes of Mage and each one is 15-issues long. Levin has acquired the rights to the arc, “The Hero Discovered”.

Mage was at one point in development at Spyglass Entertainment with Zack Snyder attached to direct. Said Levin of the property, “It’s one of the great untapped comic books from the ’80s renaissance that also spawned Watchmen and Batman: Dark Knight.” Levin should have added, “Also: magic baseball bat.” Hit the jump for what Wagner had to see about the planned adaptation of his comics. [Update: Russ over at /Film has informed me that there are three arcs, but only two volumes. The third arc has never has never been published as a volume.

Here’s what Wagner said regarding the adaptation of Mage:

“It’s a great that Lloyd is taking on this material because his approach (to comicbooks) is to capture the essence of the original source material. The timing is good, too, because in the past, (filmmakers) tried to fix the material. Now they try to adhere to the material.”

However, there are those who would argue that one of the primary problems with Watchmen is that it adhered too closely to the source material.

Near mint condition, 1st printing.