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Dec 19, 2018, 12:00 AM EST (Updated)

Cloak & Dagger recently wrapped up its first season on Freeform, but fans of the series who aren’t familiar with their comic book adventures may appreciate a crash course in Marvel’s latest breakout characters. Toward that end, the latest installment of SYFY WIRE’s 7 Essential series is taking a look at Cloak & Dagger’s most impactful comic book stories.

When Cloak and Dagger made their debut in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64, they weren’t headliners. Instead, writer Bill Mantlo and artist Ed Hannigan gave Spidey two new adversaries who didn’t neatly fit within his definition of heroes or villains. But it didn’t take long for readers to embrace the duo, and they soon received their own spinoff miniseries and subsequent ongoing titles. 

Mantlo’s massive contributions to his characters can’t be denied. That’s why most of the stories on this list were written by Mantlo, including “Child of Darkness, Child of Light,” the first Cloak & Dagger miniseries that established most of their mythology and supporting characters. For that project, Mantlo was joined by Rick Leonardi, a penciler who went on to become the definitive Cloak & Dagger artist in their first ongoing series. 

Another selection that made the cut was Mantlo’s full-length Cloak & Dagger story from Marvel Fanfare vol. 1 #19. The artwork by Leonardi and Kerry Gammill is particularly stunning in that issue, and it’s been frequently reprinted in Cloak & Dagger trade paperbacks.

Mantlo’s last Cloak & Dagger story, “Predator & Prey,” also made our list, even though it’s been out of print for years. It was a fitting farewell to the characters that reaffirmed their purpose and their commitment to each other. For the rest of the 7 Essential Cloak & Dagger stories, you’re just going to have to watch the full video!