Comic Review: Mage Book Two: The Hero Defined Vol. 3 (Image)

Image Comics releases the third volume of The Hero Defined Mage in the second book of the continuation of the series. To be honest, this story is mostly based on […]

Image Comics releases the third volume of The Hero Defined Mage in the second book of the continuation of the series.

To be honest, this story is mostly based on the legend of King Arthur and his legendary sword Excalibur, which can relate to any other stories that involve monsters and magic. But according to the book, Kevin’s whole journey had been through after he met with a strange wizard in his hometown, but his journey never stops after several years later. Well, it’s Earthbound all over again, except this time, it’s not about some everyday children that use psychic power to defeat its enemies, this story is more different because it’s about some grown men who were on a journey.

As far as I’m concerned: Kevin’s trusted weapon happens to have a glowing baseball bat, but his weapon looked more like Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Star Wars. I mean how many Star Wars references do I get myself to remind from any other society have I’ve been going through. But anyway, Kevin has so many tricks on his sleeve, like using a magic green debit card to spit the money out of an ATM, and even smoking tobacco and blew out some green bubbles right out of his mouth. It’s a fantasy world that anything makes something right out of a dream. However, he ventures forth to fight in order to protect everyone he cared. Well let’s say that this comic book series is so random as it gets, it’s more like watching an episode of Axe Cop, where he actually fights along with his trusted axe. But this is most likely to be playing an old Sega Genesis game of Comix Zone, it was a great game, but it’s not that so similar when it comes to this comic, because all what Kevin and his friends ever encountered is some monsters and demons like Gargoyles that happened to be in statues like one of Marvel’s TV series, Harpies, even Goblins, and hoverboard mutants.

The comic seemed to be getting more interesting as far I’m reading it through, but everything in the comic is mostly involved by fantasy. We can tell that using black magic is an important topic coming from the comic, of course, everything is based of occultism because the way that Kevin’s journey had been gone through his life, he is mostly uses his magic baseball bat to defeat his enemies. The story is great, but we can all relate to other stories, like King Arthur or Dungeons and Dragons. We can mostly tell that this story is based on a medieval era in Europe right until magic existed this world. The art is more worthy of any other Marvel Comics art, but the composition is more decent because we have the characters and the monsters that were bit realistic, yet intimidating as long as they’re around. The figures were more of a piece of work because we see the main characters of the comic more muscular, the colors of the characters were colored of some shade, even if the artist manages to handle the coloring and the inking on Photoshop or Illustrator. And the poses of each figure of the characters has more action as far as I observed the art of the comic. However, the whole reason that the author managed to make a fantasy comic book series is because he’s known for his character-driven stories and some love of narrative topics of world history and mythologies, just as long as he continues to make his own comic book series to the end. I guess, for the most part, is that this comic is great for readers to explore the sick adventures between Kevin and his crew to see our heroes’ journey to the end.

About Kevin Bermeo

I'm a New Yorker Artist, currently residing in another country. I enjoy making comics, illustrations, paintings, and digital art. Besides drawing, I'm also a writer, I used to be a Gamer, and I love adventures, food, and dragons.