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1st Appearances 2018

2018 Year In Review

The year grows old and the coin shows its age. As we reach the end of 2018, Key Collector Comics looks back on the significant keys released this year in a series of YouTube videos  

DC & Marvel Key Issues 2018 is up right now so click the GLOBE in the upper-right corner to link to YouTube and subscribe. Remember, this is only part one.  The final video will count down the most dynamic keys published in 2018

*** on January 1st, 2018 1st Appearances will be archived under ADDITIONAL and sorted by title.  2019 will be sorted by most recently added as opposed to chronologically, as it is now

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  • 1st appearance of the Sun King
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  • 1st appearance of The Truth
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  • 1st appearance of The Signal, the new moniker of Duke Thomas
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  • 1st appearance of Night Pilot
  • 1st appearance of Singularity Jane
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  • 1st cover and cameo appearance of the Punisher War Machine armor
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Matthew “Mattie” Warner
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  • 1st appearance of Kesh Cur, an Ungaran serial killer
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  • 1st appearance of Ember Quade, becomes Emulator
  • 1st meeting of Squirrel Girl and Kamala Khan
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  • 1st Appearance of Bats, Doctor Strange's spectral dog.
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  • 1st appearance of The Silencer
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  • 1st appearance of Neo Joker (Marian Drews)
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  • 1st appearance of Guppy
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  • 1st full appearance of Stephanie
  • 1st appearance of Pamela Milton, Governor of the Commonwealth
  • 1st appearance of Elodie
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  • 1st U.S. appearance of Della Duck, the mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie
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  • 1st appearance of Voyager (Valerie Vector)
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  • 1st appearance of Damage (Ethan Avery)
  • Cover folds out from the center and when closed creates the image see to the left
  • For one hour a day, Ethan turns into a powerfully destructive creature
  • 1st appearance of Akando
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  • 1st team appearance of the Lethal Legion: Mentacle, Metal Master, Captain Glory, Drall, the Blood Brothers and Ferene the Other
  • Lethal Legion vs the Black Order
  • 2nd appearance of Voyager
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  • 1st appearance of Metus, a techno-organic monster that has plagued Cable since his youth
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  • 1st appearance of the Gentle Man, an immortal warrior protecting humanity from an evil horde in the Realm
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  • 1st appearance of Mercer
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  • 1st appearance of Omnipotentis
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  • 1st appearance of Ranger Slayer
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  • 1st appearance of Liseth Vok as Red Tide
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  • 1st appearance of Amka Aliyak, an Inuit girl who later becomes Snowguard
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Sleeper, the infant symbiote spawn of Venom
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  • 1st appearance of the Challenger
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  • 1st team appearance of the Vedomi, a collective of artificial intelligence from across the universe
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  • 1st mention of the Hulk as the Immortal Hulk
  • Cover appearance of Hawkeye in classic costume (variant cover exists in similar style with Hawkeye in modern costume)
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  • 1st appearance of Old Woman Laura (Queen Laura Kinney)
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  • 1st team appearance of this series' Exiles led by Blink
  • 1st appearance of Khan, an older Kamala Khan
  • Cover appearance of Wolvie, an alternate-reality child version of Wolverine
  • 1st appearance of the new Valkyrie, inspired by the version portrayed in Thor: Ragnarok (cover only)
  • Cameo appearance of The Time Eater
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  • 1st appearance of Mime and Marionette, inspired by Charlton's 'Punch & Jewelee'
  • 1st appearance of the second Rorschach
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  • Cover art by Alex Ross
  • 1st appearance of Normie Osborn as a Red Goblin/symbiote host
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  • 1st full appearance of the Immortal Hulk
  • 1st cameo appearance of Red Hulk as Iron Hulk
  • Origin of Voyager (Valerie Vector)
  • *with the attention on this book, it wouldn't come as a surprise to see it go up in value
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  • 1st appearance of Gravezord
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  • 1st full appearance of the new Valkyrie
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  • 1st full appearance and origin of Trinary, a mutant from India who has the ability to communicate with machinery (cameo appearance made in X-Men: Red #1)
  • * Trinary to become a bigger presence in comics as Iron Man's protege
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  • 1st appearance of the 13th Doctor
  • 1st time in Doctor Who history that a female stepped into the role of Doctor Who
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  • 1st appearance of Old Woman Hawkeye, Kate Bishop
  • Origin of Venom Symbiote
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  • 1st appearance of L3-37
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  • 1st full team appearance of the Immortal Men: Caden Park, Ghost Fist, Reload, Stray and Timber
  • * full team preview appearance of this issue in 'Dark Nights: Metal' #6
  • 1st appearance of the Infinity Woman
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  • 1st appearance of Rogal Zaar, a villain named after the doctor who saved Brian Michael Bendis's life after he contracted MRSA
  • Cover art by Jim Lee
  • Interior stories and art by various notable creators
  • Includes a previously unpublished Curt Swan illustrated story
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  • Cameo appearance of Requiem
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  • 1st full appearance of Knull, the symbiote god, (cameo in Thor: God of Thunder #6)
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  • Premiere issue of a series focused on a hero called 'Starboy,' inspired by the album of the same name by Canadian pop star, The Weeknd
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  • 1st appearance of Wolverine as the final Phoenix
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  • 1st appearance of Emulator (Ember Quade) in costume.
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  • Variant cover art by Stacey Lee
  • 1st appearance of Emulator (Ember Quade) in costume
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  • 1st appearance of Dark Starhawk
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  • 1st appearance of Amka Aliyak as Snowguard
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  • 1st cover appearance of The Pouch, created by Rob Liefeld in good humor for years of criticism that his characters were inundated with pouches
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  • 1st appearance of the Disruptor
  • Premiere issue of the 100 page Walmart exclusive series meant to introduce new readers to comic books
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  • 1st appearance of Princess Fisk, daughter of Wilson Fisk the Kingpin
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  • 1st cameo appearance of the Upside Down Man
  • 1st team appearance of the new Justice League Dark: Wonder Woman, Zatanna, Detective Chimp, Swamp Thing and Man-Bat
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  • 1st team appearance of the Shadow Riders, beings that are summoned to protect humanity from Arcanes
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  • 1st appearance of The Collective, a monstrous mass of human bodies merged to compose one creature
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  • 1st mention of Darth Atrius, an ancient Sith Lord who first wielded the crossguard lightsabers as seen used by Kylo Ren
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  • 1st appearance of The Kill, an immortal who serves the Infinite Woman
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  • 1st appearance of a new, undisclosed villain
  • New creative team of Nick Spencer (writer) and Ryan Ottley (artist)
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  • 1st team appearance of the Power Elite, antagonists to Captain America
  • Wraparound cover by Alex Ross
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  • Premiere issue of the fifth Catwoman series
  • 1st appearance of Raina Creel, a mysterious antagonist with a monstrous appearance
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  • 1st appearance of Vox
  • Death of Lockjaw
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  • 1st appearance of Vendetta
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  • 1st cameo appearance of the 'all-new' Scarecrow
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  • 1st appearance of a new Teen Titans team led by Damian Wayne: Red Arrow, Kid Flash, D'Jinn, Roundhouse and Crush
  • 1st full appearance of Crush, Lobo's daughter
  • 1st appearance of Roundhouse
  • 1st appearance of D'Jinn
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  • Death of Thanos
  • 1st full appearance of Requiem, later revealed to be Gamora
  • 1st appearance of Flowa, the keeper of tomes in an Asgardian library
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  • 1st appearance of Uovu, an evil god
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  • 1st team appearance of The Gang, described by DC as "interstellar, young badasses"
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  • 1st cameo team appearance of the Ultraviolet Lantern Corps
  • Sinestro recruits John Stewart into the Ultraviolet Corps
  • Introduction of the Still Force
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  • 1st appearance of Nuclear Man in DC continuity, previously appeared in the comic adaptation of Superman IV 'The Quest For Peace' (1987)
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  • 1st appearance of the Citizen, a vigilante who quickly turns into a problem
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  • 1st appearance of Kanna, an alien adventurer who searches the galaxy for arcane objects to sell
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  • 1st appearance of Slackjaw
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  • 1st appearance of The Scourge
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  • Return of the Fantastic Four (sixth) titled series after a 3 year hiatus
  • *presumably because of Fox owning movie rights to the team
  • 1st appearance of Astronomica
  • 1st appearance of Zora Vukovic
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  • 1st appearance of Silver the Hedgehog, the first character to use 'profanity' when exclaiming "Oh Crap!"
  • 1st appearance of Whisper the Wolf, an ally of Silver's
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  • 1st appearance of Tobias Beckett
  • 1st appearance of Enfys Nest
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  • 1st full appearance of the Upside Down Man
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  • 1st full appearance of Devin Dinosaur, the human incarnation of Devil Dinosaur
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  • 1st team appearance of a new Night Force led by Baron Winters
  • *original team appeared in Teen Titans #21 (1982)
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  • 1st full appearance of the 'all-new' Scarecrow
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  • Conclusion of the 'Shattered Grid' storyline
  • 1st appearance of a new Megazord
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  • 1st appearance of Addy Brock, pilot of the mechanized Ven#m suit
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  • 1st appearance of Persephone (mostly as a hologram, face is unseen)
  • 1st appearance of Wolverine's 'hot claws'
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  • Origin of Mime and Marionette
  • 1st appearance of Judge of Owls
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  • 1st appearance of Man-Thing Thang Thoom (Man-Thing/Fing Fang Foom)
  • 1st appearance of Little Monster (Hulk/Ant-Man), a miniature Incredible Hulk
  • 1st appearance of Dark Starhawk (Darkhawk/Nova)
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  • 1st team appearance of an alternate Guardians of the Galaxy: Juggerduck, Howard the Duck in possession of the gem of Cyttorak, Iron Groot, Captain Marvel (Kamala Khan), Cable and Jubilee
  • 1st cameo appearance of Punisher Thanos
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  • 1st appearance of Old Man Punisher
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  • 1st appearance of Mother Blood, formerly Mother Mayhem
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  • Recalled anti-Mormon symbolism
  • 1st appearance of Spider-Bot
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  • Reintroduction of several characters like Porcupine Jimmy Olsen and Red Ant Superman that appeared decades ago in standalone, zany stories
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  • 1st full appearance of Soldier Supreme, Stephen Rogers, master of arcane magic
  • Two issue miniseries of the character that made a cameo in Infinity Wars #3
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  • 1st appearance of Old Man Phoenix
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  • 1st full appearance and origin of Xandra, daughter of Professor X and Lilandra
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  • 1st appearance of Weapon Hex (X-23/Scarlet Witch)
  • 1st appearance of Ghost Panther (Ghost Rider/Black Panther)
  • 1st appearance of Arachknight (Moon Knight/Spider-Man)
  • 1st appearance of Iron Hammer (Iron Man/Thor)
  • 1st appearance of Soldier Supreme (Captain America/Doctor Strange)
  • 1st appearance of Wolverine/Emma Frost
  • 1st appearance of Doop/Deadpool
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  • Return of Wolverine: a five part limited series
  • 1st full appearance of Persephone
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  • 1st appearance of The Flood
  • Prologue to the upcoming 'Drowned Earth' storyline
  • Foil-enhanced cover art by Francis Manapul
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Captain Mari-Ell, a Kree warrior and mother of Carol Danvers
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  • Anniversary of Moon Knight's 200th issue
  • 1st appearance of the False Truth, a corrupted version of the character The Truth
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  • 1st full appearance of Vigil
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  • 1st appearance of Astro-Spider
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  • 1st full appearance of the new Sentry (cameo and origin in issue #4)
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  • 1st team appearance of Gemini
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  • 1st appearance of Jinny Hex, great-great-great granddaughter of Jonah Hex
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  • 1st appearance of Odessa Drake
  • 1st team appearance of the Thieves Guild of New York
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  • Two-part limited series featuring Weapon Hex, a combination of Scarlett Witch/X-23
  • 1st cameo appearance of Speed Weasel, little sister of Weapon Hex
  • 1st appearance of Hellhound, a combination of Sabretooth and Magik
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  • 1st appearance of Aladdin who is revealed to have been a Green Lantern
  • DC initially was going to introduce a character named Doctor Endless based on the 7 Endless from The Sandman but Neal Gaiman disallowed it
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  • 1st appearance of Minor Threat
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  • Debut of a new alternate dimension called the Cosmic Dark Age
  • Takes place during the era between Jack Kirby's Kamanadi and before the futuristic Legion of Super-heroes
  • 1st appearance of War Cry
  • 1st appearance of Deep Dweller
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  • 1st full appearance of the Nightwings, a team of vigilantes taking up the Nightwing mantle
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  • 1st appearance of The Spider, Captain George Stacy
  • Solo story featuring Spiders-Man
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  • 1st appearance of Moon Squirrel and Tippysaur
  • 1st appearance of Mister Invisible and Hot Rocks
  • 1st appearance of the Green Widow (Hulk/Black Widow), Iron Titania and Doctor Doomactus
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  • 1st appearance of Rapture, an ally of Azrael
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  • Anniversary of the 700th issue of the Avengers
  • 1st appearance of the Red Widow, a new version of the character
  • 1st full team appearance of the Defenders of the Deep
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  • 1st appearance of Erika the Red, a brutal female barbarian with a soft spot for Thor
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  • 1st appearance of Captain Hydra (identity unknown)
  • * Captain America was briefly revealed to be an agent of Hydra in 'Captain America: Steve Rogers' #1 (2016) which Marvel quickly reversed after negative fan response
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  • 1st appearance of Archivus, chronicler of the Multiverse
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  • 1st team appearance of The Fantastix
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  • 1st appearance of Big Angry
  • 1st appearance of Emperor Attican
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  • 1st cover appearance of the second Zombie Tramp, Angel Lynch
  • Variant foil cover art by Dan Mendoza
  • New York Comic Con exclusive limited to 100 copies
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Spider-Cop in comics
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  • 1st appearance of Splyce
  • 1st appearance of Harry Hokum
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  • 1st appearance of the third Red Hulk, Carl Creel, the Absorbing Man
  • Cover art by Alex Ross
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  • 1st team appearance of the "evil" Exiles: Captain Axis, Shuri Killmonger, Iron Kang, X 2/3rd and Skele-Thor
  • *Exiles teams rarely make it into the regular Marvel Universe but this group could prove to be interesting
  • *A Weapon H-type character can be seen on the cover of Exiles #86
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  • 1st appearance of Atlas Bear
  • *Her alliance to Domino is unknown but it appears as if she will be in the upcoming team-comic titled HOTSHOTS, led by Domino with Black Widow, White Fox, Atlas Bear, Outlaw, and Diamondback (scheduled March 2019)
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  • 1st appearance of a new X-Assassin
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  • 1st appearance of The Train
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  • 1st appearance of Old Man Daredevil