If you’ve been following this blog, over the past three weeks, I’ve been sharing my top comic books of all time. The first two (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen) are well known in the mainstream, even now, decades after their release. My third pick is not quite as popular: Mage: The Hero Discovered by Matt Wagner.
This book doesn’t appear on the lists of many people; but as a teenager back in the ’80s, I just loved it. Matt Wagner wrote and drew it at the age of 25, an incredible accomplishment. Mage is very visual, with a minimalist style, using images much more than words to tell the story. The main character, Kevin Matchstick, wields a magic baseball bat, only to find out later that he is actually King Arthur. Many years after, the sequel Mage: The Hero Defined came out, but in my opinion was nowhere near as good as the first.
Wagner is known for his creation of new characters, in works such as Grendel and Mage, and his work reflects his love for mythology. Aside from creating these characters, he is also popular for his work on other established, high-profile characters and works, like Trinity (starring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) and Batman and the Monster Men, which revolves around the earlier days of Batman’s career.
So now we’ve heard about my ‘golden age’ for comics (1984-1987), tell us about yours. What period in time stands out for you? What are your top picks? Leave a comment below, or tweet us @_fullybooked.