Mage (1997 mini-series) #0-15 [SET] — Volume 02: The Hero Defined; The Complete Saga

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Kevin Matchstick's path brings him into the company of other legendary heroes, reborn in the modern world under the most everyday guises.

Trouble arises when their purpose and challenges seem to be drying up and the number of supernatural "nasties," rapidly diminishing.

Have the forces of darkness been DEFEATED, or is there a more sinister manipulation at work?

 

 

Collecting the Complete "The Hero Defined" Story-Arc in the sixteen-issue mini-series. 

 

 

Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #0
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Second Interlude”  The Hero Defined Prelude
Kevin Matchstick has continued to gain experience as a warrior against the forces of darkness. Here, he has a more carefree attitude than in the first Interlude. He is searching the Grand Canyon for some "nasties" and runs into Joe Phat, a fellow avatar. Joe and Kevin fight an ogre-wight and destroy it through teamwork.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #1 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“The Handle Towards my Hand”  The Hero Defined pt 1 (of 15)
Kevin Matchstick and Joe Phat are avatars: reincarnated heroes fighting in the struggle against the forces of darkness. They have been working with each other for a little while now. They drive into a town, search out whatever "nasties" they can find, and destroy them.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #2 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“When We Three Shall Meet”  The Hero Defined pt 2 (of 15)
Kirby Hero introduces himself to Kevin Matchstick and Joe Phat by way of attacking the nest of harpies they were staking out. Kevin and Joe join in, and the harpies are routed. Kirby is another avatar, the Olympian. Their slave turns out to be the seemingly-insane Wally Ut, who claims to be Kevin's second mage (replacing Mirth).
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #3 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Two Truths are Told”  The Hero Defined pt 3 (of 15)
Kirby Hero, Kevin Matchstick, and Joe Phat have lunch and get to know each other better. Wally Ut shows up uninvited and continues to ramble on about being Kevin's second mage, and to offer unsolicited advice.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #4 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble”  The Hero Defined pt 4 (of 15)
Isis, the witch, gives Kevin Matchstick, Joe Phat, and Kirby Hero a magic drug that gives them a vision of who is behind the mysterious gatherings they have noticed among the forces of darkness. Their vision is interrupted by an attack of the Sprigginflints.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #5 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Come What May”  The Hero Defined pt 5 (of 15)
Kevin Matchstick and Joe Phat drive to Montreal to search for the mystery behind the recent congregation of the forces of darkness in that city. Kirby has left to pursue his own Labors.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #6 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Lay On, MacDuff”  The Hero Defined pt 6 (of 15)
The Hornblower tries to catch a Leanhaun Sidhe in a bar but is interrupted by a pair of his fellow avatars, the Sun Twins. The three fight over their quarry and she escapes. Kevin Matchstick, arriving on the scene, berates them--they're supposed to fight evil, not each other. The Hornblower apologizes but the Sun Twins are unrepentant.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #7 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Infirm of Purpose”  The Hero Defined pt 7 (of 15)
Kevin is worried about meeting Isis' sister Magda, whom he's said to be destined to fall in love with. Meanwhile, he meets with all the other avatars who have arrived in Montreal. They argue about whether they should pursue a group strategy, or work independently.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #8 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“So Weary with Disasters”  The Hero Defined pt 8 (of 15)
Garth, the Hornblower, joins Kevin Matchstick and Joe Phat for breakfast. They find him to be loyal but also a wee bit obsequious, so Kevin sends him on a snipe hunt to a random location in town. However, while there, he runs into an army of Redcaps for which he is ill-prepared to fight. He sounds the alarm and Kevin and Joe arrive to help.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #9 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“The Weird Sisters”  The Hero Defined pt 9 (of 15)
Isis, Magda, and Ishtar use their magic to try to track down the source of evil in Montreal as Kevin, Joe, and Wally look on. Wally warns Kevin against the dangers of magic-tinged love, but Kevin and Magda quickly fall for each other.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #10 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Foul is Fair”  The Hero Defined pt 10 (of 15)
Kevin and Magda take their relationship to the next level. Kevin is so involved with her that he doesn't notice the changes in Joe, who is now listless as a slave to the Leanhaun Sidhe. Wally, however, sees what's going on and banishes her from the apartment. Joe and Kevin meet the Presbyter and fight the Sprigginflints, who were about to kill a small faerie called a bogart.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #11 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Dwindle, Peak and Pine”   The Hero Defined pt 11 (of 15)
After some arguments over Kevin's leadership and Kirby's independence, the heroes (Kevin, Kirby, and the Presbyter) go off to rescue Joe.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #12 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“A Charmed Life”  The Hero Defined pt 12 (of 15)
Kevin Matchstick, Kirby Hero, and the Presbyter descend down into the faerie realms. They find a midnight maze being guarded by Cerberus. They fight him, but get knocked into the maze.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #13 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Out Damned Spot!”  The Hero Defined pt 13 (of 15)
Joe, Kevin, and Kirby find a group of Redcaps about to sacrifice someone. They defeat the Redcaps and rescue the victim: Wally Ut. The four of them continue on, with much argument about who's in charge, who's a mage, and what color magic is.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #14 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“When a Battle's Lost and Won”  The Hero Defined pt 14 (of 15)
Kirby thinks the horned Man-Mountain of Dzoxk is the bull mentioned in his current labor, and insists he fight it alone, but Kevin won't accept that. The golem, which is filled with Kevin's excess power, is tough to beat, and all the more so because Kevin and Kirby are arguing while they're fighting.
Mage; The Hero Defined (1997 mini-series) #15 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“All That May Become a Man”  The Hero Defined pt 15 (of 15) 
Kevin is distraught over the destruction of the Bat. Wally Ut floats down, having defeated Emil. Kevin has to finally accept that he is the second mage.