Greetings HeroClix fans,
Welcome to another exciting look into the DC HeroClix: Superman/Wonder Woman set, now available at your FLGS! Today, we’re traveling off to an Elseworlds tale of a Soviet Superman, with a look at the Red Son version of Brainiac!
Brainiac is a 150-point piece, with 7 clicks of life. Being a Robot, he’s also Indomitable, and can fire from a range of 7 squares. Of course, he also has a 25-point value – which leads us to his trait, You Can’t Reprogram Me, You Were Under My Command. This trait states that when Brainiac is KO’d, or if you pay 25 points when building your force, equip this character to another friendly character and link it to that character’s dial by placing it on the standard character’s card. When this happens, the character can use it’s effects – however, if the character is KO’d or equipped again, KO the previously equipped game element. A linked dial is always on the same click number as the dial it’s linked to – so if a linked dial doesn’t display any combat values after turning the dial, it’s KO’d.
With that linking comes the all important effect – which in this case states that at the beginning of your turn, or after the character is clicked, you may choose 1 power on the equipped Brainiac dial, and 1 combat value on the Brainiac dial higher than this character’s same printed combat value. The linked character can use that chosen power, and will modify their combat value by +1 until your next turn, or when they are clicked – either by being damaged, or when being healed. This can really make a major impact on already effective characters – just imagine granting someone like Superman Pulse Wave or Batman Impervious – all while potentially bumping up one of their stats by +1!
With that amazing trait comes Brainiac’s standard powers – and there’s a list of useful, strong powers along with the aforementioned Pulse Wave and Impervious for you to choose from for the You Can’t Reprogram Me, You Were Under My Command trait. He also brings Sidestep, Penetrating/Psychic Blast, Invulnerability, Regeneration, and the always important Outwit. But that’s not all – he also has a special power on 4 of his final 5 clicks! Called World is Running Like Clockwork, this power states that once per turn, when an opposing character is given a power action, you may immediately remove an action token from Brainiac – as if being Indomitable wasn’t enough!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this trip into a parallel world where Superman’s Kryptonian Rocket crashed in the Soviet Ukraine. Brainiac was a monstrous evil in the world of Red Son, and his villainous powers are represented here in ‘Clix form. Visit your Friendly Local Game Store today to pick up your DC HeroClix: Superman/Wonder Woman Boosters for the chance to pull this iteration of Brainiac. Until next time, don’t be afraid to push!