When it comes comic book adaptations, the television landscape is more crowded than ever. In 2018 alone, over 20 comics-based series debuted or launched new content. Ranging from Arrow to the Marvel Netflix shows to The Walking Dead and Happy!, they varied widely in tone, audience and mileage. Nevertheless, they have one thing in common: their source material.
Now that 2018 has officially come to a close, CBR has reflected on all the major TV moments of the year. Considering the astounding volume of comics-inspired shows, though, we've narrowed our list down to include only superhero series. Below, you'll find a few of our favorite superhero TV moments of 2018, listed in no particular order.
Coulson Bids Agents of SHIELD Goodbye
Let's start at the end. When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 premiered in December 2017, it wasn't clear if the show would get another season. As such, the writers sought to bring the story to a satisfying close, which meant giving Agent Phil Coulson his final bow. Making good on a dangling Season 4 storyline, Coulson spent the bulk of Season 5 preparing to die. When the moment finally came for him to leave, it hit all the right notes. After an action-packed final battle with Graviton, the fan-favorite character got a peaceful goodbye from the team who had become his family. As painful as it was, he got the sincere sendoff he deserved -- so much so that it would be a shame if he ended up coming back for Season 6 and 7.
Agents of SHIELD Pulls Off a Storyline Five Years in the Making
Speaking of Graviton, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also managed to capitalize on a storyline introduced in Season 1: Dr. Franklin Hall and the gravitonium. While this plot thread was more or less dropped until Season 5, it came back with a real vengeance. The Graviton storyline upped the stakes in a way unlike any other that had come before it on the series. What's more, it used longtime characters in new ways that would surprise both fans of the comics and the show alone. The slow build and powerful payoff made Graviton worth the wait.
Come Sail Away With Cloak & Dagger
Cloak & Dagger may have veered from the source material in its freshman season, but it managed to capture the same tone and atmosphere of the original comics in the way it tackled real-world issues. The series also made music a key element of Season 1 -- a feat nigh impossible in a static medium like comics. Cloak & Dagger used music in a way unlike every other comic book adaptation by weaving it into the plot and theme. This climaxed in a musical montage set to Styx's "Come Sail Away," as covered by series star Olivia Holt. After a season full of "Come Sail Away" motifs, the final sequence -- the same one where Tandy and Ty finally come together against the odds -- carried all that much more power. By using "Come Sail Away" like this, Cloak & Dagger separated itself from a crowded landscape and pulled off an extremely effective, memorable resolution.
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