2018 is nearing its end with less than 2 weeks to go before the ball descends in Times Square before a crazy hat, half-inebriated crowd. There are several events worth noting this year, some good, some bad. In this year, we lost Ditko and Stan Lee, irreplaceable giants in the field.
DC added several new characters with their “New Age of Heroes” books. Currently, all of these books are inexpensive so there is a huge upside if even one of them takes off. Sideways and Crush are my choices for best new DC characters, although Sideways was canceled by DC. For Marvel, Cosmic Ghost Rider was the big winner. There was a day or two when everyone thought the first appearance of Knull was in 2018 in Venom #3 then Thor: God of Thunder #6 became the hot book.
All eight of the comic book related movies this year did extremely well which means more movies for 2019 and beyond. On television, Netflix and Disney broke our hearts by canceling some of the best Marvel shows. Seriously, Daredevil was an amazing, gritty show with great characters like Punisher, Daredevil, Kingpin, Karen Page, etc. DC started their new subscription channel DC Universe with an original Titans show. Their plans are to add more original content for 2019, including Young Justice, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Stargirl and Harley Quinn.
1st Appearances Marvel – Cosmic Ghost Rider (Frank Castle) in Thanos vol. 2 #13
Movies – Black Panther
1st Appearances DC – Neo Joker in Batman White Knight #3
1st Appearances DC – Damage (Ethan Avery) in Damage #1
The Silencer (Honor Guest) in The Silencer #1
1st Appearances Marvel – The Fallen One (Norrin Radd) in Thanos vol.2 #15
Lethal Legion – Captain Glory, Drall, Ferene, Mentacle, Metal Master in Avengers vol. 7 #676
Movies – Deadpool 2
Movies – Incredibles 2
1st Appearances DC – Rogal Zaar in Action Comics #1000
Brimstone (Joe Chamberlain) in Curse of Brimstone #1
1st Appearances Marvel – Snowguard (Amka Aliyak) in Champions #19
Deaths – Steve Ditko passed
Movies – Ant-man and the Wasp
Deaths – Marie Severin passed
Russ Heath passed
1st Appearances DC – Crush, Djinn, Roundhouse in Teen Titans (vol. 6) #20
1st Appearances Marvel – Requiem (Gamora) in Infinity Wars Prime #1
Dr. Frye in Immortal Hulk #2
Deaths – Norm Breyfogle passed
Deaths – Stan Lee passed
Movies – Aquaman, Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse
1st Appearances Marvel – Dylan Brock in Venom Vol. 4 #7
Since Image is constantly releasing new books they are going in a different list that I will link to this article.
by Ron Cloer