Image Comics has announced that long-running, cult-favorite series Mage by Matt Wagner will feature a special, breathtaking 8-page gatefold in the finale issue of the series, Mage: The Hero Denied #15. This highly collectible issue will bring the series to a stunning conclusion after 35 years of adventure.
First premiering as part of the indie comics boom in the ’80s, Mage tells the story of the classic Hero’s Journey through the lens of a contemporary setting and as an allegorical autobiography of Wagner himself.
Wagner’s fictional alter-ego, Kevin Matchstick, confronts both supernatural enemies as well as his own humanity in his heroic role—a modern-day incarnation of the legendary Pendragon, wielder of the mystic weapon, Excalibur.
A vanguard of the independent comics movement for decades, Wagner is perhaps best known for his epic crime-and-sci-fi noir narrative, Grendel, but it is in the pages of Mage that his most personal story comes to fruition.
Mage: The Hero Denied #15 Cover A by Wagner (Diamond Code DEC180259) and Cover B by Wagner (Diamond Code DEC180260) will feature colors by Brennan Wagner and letters by Dave Lanphear as a special oversized issue weighing in at 56 pages.
It will retail for $7.99 and arrives in stores on Wednesday, February 27th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 4th.