Matt Wag­ner dis­cusses his re­turn to the se­ries.

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29 years is a long time in comics. Matt Wag­ner cre­ated the first Mage se­ries, The Hero Dis­cov­ered, back in the 1980s, and its se­quel, The Hero De­fined, only came out at the end of the 1990s. Now, 18 years af­ter the sec­ond vol­ume, 2017 sees the re­lease of Mage: The Hero De­nied, a 15-part se­ries pub­lished again by Im­age that will wrap up the cre­ator’s tale of Kevin Match­stick.

Launch­ing with a zero is­sue at this year’s San Diego Comic Con in July, Wag­ner gave a few ex­tra de­tails to us when we spoke to him back in May.

“It takes up about ten years af­ter the con­clu­sion of The Hero De­fined. Kevin’s at a very dif­fer­ent point in his life...but then the same dark forces arise to once again draw him into The Strug­gle. More than that...we’ll just have to leave as a sur­prise,” Wag­ner said.

Nearly 30 years is a very long time and he is the first to ad­mit that there is no way he could have stayed the same as a per­son and as a cre­ator af­ter such a lengthy pe­riod.

“It’s just a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion of my growth as an artist. I’d find it bor­ing as hell if my style was the ex­act same now as it was when I started Mage over 30 years ago. That said, to my eye, the dif­fer­ences aren’t that jar­ring. Each vol­ume of the tril­ogy is ob­vi­ously done by the same guy telling the same kind of story...just at dif­fer­ent stages of his life.”

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