Matt Wagner’s MAGE returns to Image Comics, this summer

Legendary creator and indy-comics pioneer Matt Wagner returns to bring fans the highly anticipated third and final story arc to Mage from Image Comics this summer, with Mage: The Hero Denied.

Mage returns with the intro-sized issue #0 in July and continues as a 15-issue series beginning with Hero Denied #1 in August.

This long-awaited conclusion to the epic fantasy trilogy Mage 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 Hero’s journey can be long and arduous… but returning to the world of Mage always feels incredibly empowering,” said Wagner. “I’m really excited to finally be presenting this dramatic conclusion to the epic tales of Kevin Matchstick… and his third Mage.”

For those new to Mage, a reprint of the Mage: Volume 1 (The Hero Discovered) trade paperback will also be available on Wednesday, July 12th.

Mage: the Hero Denied #0 will arrive in comic stores on Wednesday, July 12th at the introductory price of $1.99. Mage: The Hero: Denied #1 will hit stores on Wednesday, July 24th.

Grace Ellis brings new magic with MOONSTRUCK, to comic shelves this summer.

Moonstruck

Image Comics recently conjured up Moonstruck, a new ongoing comic series coming in July, from acclaimed writer Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes, Bravest Warriors) and newcomer artist Shae Beagle.

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In Moonstruck, fantasy creatures live typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal…werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes!

But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie’s dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who’s going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world??

A story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks, the first arc of Moonstruck also features a story-within-a-story illustrated by artist Kate Leth (Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat, Spell on Wheels)!

“I’m extremely proud of Moonstruck; it’s definitely the best thing I’ve ever written,” said Ellis. “And it’s full of things I like: It’s fun, it’s character-driven, it’s got a lot of room for creativity, it’s got queer people—not to mention mystical magic AND close-up card-trick magic. And lots of coffee! So if you like those things—a fun, slice-of-life character story with genre trappings—I imagine you’ll like Moonstruck a whole lot.”

Moonstruck is already near and dear to me, and I’m so excited to get it out into the world!” said Beagle. “Even in this world of magic and monsters, all the characters are relatable and lovable in their own ways. Moonstruck is the lighthearted queer romance we’ve all been wishing for, with lots of magical flavor.”

Moonstruck #1 hits comic book stores Wednesday, July 19th.