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Mage: The Hero Defined, Vol. 2 (Mage)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  221 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In the eagerly awaited sequel to the sold out Mage, Vol. 1: The Hero Discovered HC, Kevin Matchstick's path brings him into the company of other legendary heroes, reborn in the modern world under 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 b ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 23rd 2005 by Image Comics (first published 2004)
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Shannon Appelcline
Nov 01, 2015 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
Wagner at last continues his classic urban fantasy, and it's ... alright.

When I first read this, I have to admit that I was disappointed by the move away from the Arthurian tropes, which were one of the elements that made the first series so much fun for me. Sure, it's neat to see other heroes instead (and Wagner offers a great answer to the missing Arthurian mythos at the end). However, I also felt like this volume just wasn't as innovative as the original. It's got the same plot structure, the
Dec 02, 2007 Douglas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
profoundly disappointing. I read the original Mage series back in the early 90s and was blown away by Matt Wagner's development as a writer and artist over the course of several years. The second series is a great step backwards - the artwork is crude - moreso even than the early volumes of the first Mage series - and the characters are shallow. None of them are three dimensional like Edsel, Sean Knight and the original Mirth. Characters die in this series and you just don't care, not like when ...more
Paulie Streeter
a pivotal work from mid 2000 creator owned and made a contemporary adult classic derived from a prominent comic book creator that is a nice change of pace from his other work touches and is largely based on occult and spiritual as well as some adult themes and has good character design interesting and thoughtful sequences well written dialogue an urban magick graphic novel set on mostly three travellors on their own spiritual quest but doesn't defer or forget to be casual and light hearted draws ...more
Dec 18, 2009 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, but I love this series. Wagner manages to make a meeting of reincarnated versions of King Arthur, Hiawatha, Hercules, the Monkey King, Roland, and Merlin play out in a deep character piece while still filling every page with the magic and action it implies. Beautiful art with a maturity and confidence in both art and story. Wagner allows his story to play out as it needs to, not spelling out his themes until the very end. Great work.
Aug 02, 2011 Ron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mage was all the rage among my comic reading peers, but I found it a tedious and useless tale by a virtual hack. My life had changed radically and I no longer had much time for literature that wasn't realistic, but I was often still delighted by those elements in literature. Wagner's work was a glaring exception.
Jan 06, 2014 Terrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite interesting, didn't have quite the magic of the first run, but still most excellent. I really enjoyed seeing the other avatars and the expansion of the mythos of the story.

I think Matt Wagner needs to hurry up and get to work on volume three.
Jul 23, 2013 Tankboy rated it liked it
The second chapter in this unfinished trilogy feels a little long winded at times, and definitely bears the mark of the late '90s in feel and references, but it's still a great read overall.
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Matt Wagner is an American comic book writer and artist. In addition to his creator-owned series' Mage and Grendel, he has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman as well as such titles as Sandman Mystery Theatre and Trinity, a DC Comics limited series featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
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