Mage (2017 mini-series) #0-15 [SET] — Volume 03: The Hero Denied; The Complete Saga

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Legendary creator MATT WAGNER presents the hotly anticipated third and final volume of his epic fantasy trilogy with MAGE: THE HERO DENIED.

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

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.

Almost a decade has passed since the events of MAGE: THE HERO DEFINED, and the story finds our reluctant hero having abandoned his role.

Now married to the witch Magda and father to two young children, Kevin strives to stay removed from the supernatural struggle that could threaten his family's safety.

Unfortunately, dark and familiar forces conspire to flush him out of hiding, forcing the Pendragon to summon the power that is his legacy and once again draw the mystic weapon Excalibur!

Considered by many to be creator MATT WAGNER’s masterpiece, MAGE has been a perennial favorite with old and new readers alike for nearly three decades.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #0
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Third Interlude”  The Hero Denied Prelude
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.
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #1 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“What's Past is Prologue”  The Hero Denied pt 1 (of 15)
This first full-sized issue begins 10 years after the climax of THE HERO DEFINED and finds the everyman hero Kevin Matchstick at an unexpected point in his life. It’s been some time since he’s utilized his powers as the reincarnated Pendragon, wielder of the mystical weapon Excalibur. Despite his reluctance to fulfill what two different Mages have declared as his destiny, dark forces have gathered to once again force Kevin into action. Throughout these events, Kevin keeps hoping for the same mystical guidance that has mentored him in the past. “Who is the third Mage?!”
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #2 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“The Isle is Full of Noises”  The Hero Denied pt 2 (of 15)
Years after readers last saw him, everyman hero Kevin Matchstick has all but abandoned his role as the reincarnated Pendragon, wielder of the mystical weapon Excalibur. But when dark forces reunite to threaten those he loves, he finds he must once again unleash the ancient power that he alone can command. Yet drawing Excalibur brings additional risks by further exposing him to his gathering enemies. Can Kevin stave off the supernatural dangers that pursue him…or will it cost him everything he holds dear? 
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #3 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“All Thy Vexations”  The Hero Denied pt 3 (of 15)
Following a dangerous encounter with creatures from the faerie realms, Kevin Matchstick must confront his all-but abandoned legacy as the reborn Pendragon. How can he protect his family from the forces of dark magic if drawing on the power of Excalibur only further exposes him to their enemies? Meanwhile, the sinister Umbra Sprite and its deadly offspring also continue their brutal and pitiless hunt for the mystical Fisher King. MAGE: THE HERO DENIED is a 15-issue limited series climaxing in a double-sized finale. Considered by many to be creator Matt Wagner’s masterpiece, MAGE has been a perennial favorite with old and new readers alike for nearly three decades.
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #4 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Hell is Empty”  The Hero Denied pt 4 (of 15)
In order to buy time for his family’s ultimate protection, Kevin has made a distraction of himself. Drawing on the power of Excalibur, he creates a beacon for his enemies to find him, hoping to lure them into a trap. But the supernatural entity that appears to confront him is unlike any opponent he has ever faced and leads to an epic showdown. Can even the blazing power of Excalibur defend the Pendragon from the vengeful wrath of…a Goddess?
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #5 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Brave New World”  The Hero Denied pt 5 (of 15)
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.
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #6 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“By and By, It Will Strike”  The Hero Denied pt 6 (of 15)
Hiding his true nature as the reborn Pendragon proves harder and harder for Kevin Matchstick after he encounters a unique and ominous mystical creature, one he believes might lead to his destiny. Struggling to explain this conundrum to Magda, Kevin turns to extraordinary means to track down his elusive prey. Meanwhile, the Umbra Sprite and her brood of Gracklethorns prepare a deadly test to determine the identity of the mythical Fisher King. Will Kevin’s obsession lead him on a solitary quest, leaving his family potentially exposed and vulnerable? MAGE: THE HERO DENIED is a 15-issue limited series climaxing in a double-sized finale. Considered by many to be creator MATT WAGNER’s masterpiece, MAGE has been a perennial favorite with old and new readers alike for nearly three decades.
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #7 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“O, Woe The Day!”  The Hero Denied pt 7 (of 15)
After encountering a rare and ominous mystical creature, Kevin Matchstick has enlisted black-market magic to obtain an enchanted potion that he hopes will help lead him to the Fisher King. Will his mystical quest lead to the fulfillment he so desperately seeks…or leave his family more vulnerable than ever? Can even the Pendragon stave off a siege from the Faerie Realms and the schemes of the malevolent Umbra Sprite?
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #8 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“A Plague Upon This Howling!”  The Hero Denied pt 8 (of 15)
Kevin Matchstick’s obsessive search for a mysterious creature has left his family vulnerable to attack from the Fairy Realms, even as the Umbra Sprite’s bounty on the Pendragon’s head leads to disaster. Faced with the unthinkable, Kevin must fight off devastating despair if his family has any hope to survive.
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #9 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“To Seek Thy Son”  The Hero Denied pt 9 (of 15)
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 (2017 mini-series) #10 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“This Rough Magic”  The Hero Denied pt 10 (of 15)
With his family torn apart and their home destroyed, Kevin Matchstick is left to his own limited resources to try and save them all. Delving deep, he seeks an artifact that will help provide protection for his daughter, even as Magda and Hugo take steps to escape their luxury prison cell.
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #11 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“In the Dark Backward”   The Hero Denied pt 11 (of 15)
Desperation leads Kevin Matchstick to follow an elusive trail in the search for his missing family even as, undaunted, Magda and Hugo venture into the unknown in an attempt to escape their captors. Meanwhile, the Umbra Mother goes to extreme lengths to revitalize her dwindling power.
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #12 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Misery Acquaints a Man”  The Hero Denied pt 12 (of 15)
Two halves of the separated Matchstick clan face sinister odds in a desperate quest to reunite their family. While Kevin pursues his last hope of locating his wife and son, Magda and Hugo must fend off mystical challenges as they seek to escape their enemy’s stronghold.
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #13 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“'Gainst My Fury” The Hero Denied pt 13 (of 15)
Finding direction at last, Kevin Matchstick attempts to rescue his family by laying siege to the fortress of the Umbra Sprite. With The Pendragon at the gate, Magda and Hugo must still face mystical pitfalls as they press onward, attempting to escape from the heart of their enemies' lair.
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #14 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“What Strength I Have's Mine Own”  The Hero Denied pt 14 (of 15)
Inside the Umbra Sprite’s stronghold, Kevin Matchstick must face an onslaught of opposition as he tries to rescue his family. While dark forces threaten to overwhelm Magda and Hugo, the arrival of an unexpected presence sows discord among the remaining Gracklethorns. Will The Pendragon’s power be enough to face the challenges ahead? Only one more issue remains in the conclusion of this epic saga!
Mage; The Hero Denied (2017 mini-series) #15 (of 15)
By Matt Wagner Story & Art. 
“Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On”  The Hero Denied pt 15 (of 15) 
SERIES FINALE!  THE END OF THE TRILOGY!  This is it: the grand finale that’s 35 years in the making! 56 PAGES (+8-page gatefold)!