Baby New Year leads the Fantasy Comic League and a collection of baby-faced heroes into 2019. The Champions, Marvel’s preeminent youth outreach program, begins the year with a new #1 issue and they promise to bring all their young friends along with them. Miles and his crew are not the only heroes to receive a fresh start in 2019. Captain Marvel starts off her big year with a new series, as do the Invaders and Guardians of the Galaxy. Black Widow receives a new solo title and Peter Parker returns to his friendly neighborhood roots with a series by star scribe Tom Taylor. The new year is not just about familiar characters receiving new series. A face from Marvel’s past returns with a new book by Jason Aaron. After flashing his fantasy genre chops in The Mighty Thor, Aaron is in charge of bringing Conan the Barbarian into the 2010’s with his third volume.

A new year is not just about beginnings, but also about endings. Several events come to a close in January including the weekly Uncanny X-Men series which culminates in the return of their controversial leader, Cyclops. The recently concluded Infinity Wars receives a coda in a one-off book asking “What comes after Infinity?” Other events of note include the five-part series Man Without Fear which explores Daredevil’s impact on Hell’s Kitchen and what it means to the other heroes which patrol the streets. Although Daredevil’s role in the series remains uncertain since the premise deals with his absence. Another question mark comes in the Age of X-Man. It’s uncertain what this new chapter for the X-Men means to them or if it involves our main mutants, so the Fantasy Comic League is adopting the wait and see approach and not counting them in the preview tiers.

Monthly theme for the Free-for-All Themed challenge: Draft a team of only Youth characters. Restrictions on team affiliations and power selections still apply. A list of eligible youth-based heroes is provided at this link. Sanctioned review agents, please provide your Free-for-All rosters prior to Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Dopplegangers of our main characters are found in the Marvel Action, Marvel Legends and Marvel Super Hero Adventures books as well as any MCU tie-in series and thus do not count for their prime universe counterparts. Please see the attached Power Summary file for further power clarifications and follow along with our #FantasyComicLeague tweets on Twitter for official power scoring and discussions. Appearance estimates, based on comic solicitations and cover artwork provided by the Marvel Database wiki, are meant as a guideline and not an indication of a specific draft order. Character names, team designations and power sets conform to the most current information provided by the Database.

Power designations are simplified for easier classification and choice, providing the majority of the heroes with up to 11 eligible powers from which to choose. As a reminder, you may only have one hero per team designation on your roster and are allowed to select three powers from the heroes’ power set. Powers in (parenthesis) are a subset of the overall ability and can be selected as well as the generic use of that power. For example, Deadpool can be drafted as any of his four team classifications and can use Weapons, Blades and Guns as his three powers (Blades and Guns being a subset of the overall Weapons skill).

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