Greetings HeroClix fans, and welcome to a decidedly darker look into the world of the upcoming DC HeroClix: Superman/Wonder Woman set. Today, we explore one who is decidedly “For Darkseid” – Brutaal!
Hailing from Earth 2, this imperfect clone of Kal-El is a force of destruction that most of the Wonders of the World can’t stand up to! He begins with three traits, the first of which is called Wait, That’s Not Superman…This trait, which can be found on other characters throughout this set, states that if Brutaal is on your sideline when your opponent’s force is revealed and your force includes a character named Superman or Superboy of an equal or higher point value, you may replace that character with Brutaal. If you do, Brutaal begins the game with an action token.
Brutaal second trait called Conquering Hero of Apokolips, states that when he is closer to an opponent’s starting area than his own, he can use Willpower. Also, when a friendly character with the Apokolips keyword is closer to an opponent’s starting area than its own, modify that character’s attack value by +1! He als possesses a trait called Spawn of Apokolips, which says that Brutaal can use Super Strength. Additionally, this trait states that opposing characters can’t target him with Outwit unless it is granted by the Superman Enemy team ability.
Playable at either 175 points for 8 clicks, or 100 points for 5 clicks, Brutaal brings a plethora of dangerous offensive powers to the table. To start, he mixes a natural 5 damage with Running Shot, Penetrating/Psychic Blast, and Shape Change together for an imposing first click that’s hard to get by. He then transitions to a mix of Hypersonic Speed, Impervious, and Exploit Weakness, followed by clicks featuring Charge, Quake, Invincible, and Battle Fury. It is important to note, that you can play Brutaal at a relatively economic 100 points, but the trade-off is that his first three clicks (clicks 4, 5, 6) have Battle Fury— so he will not be able to utilize his 8 range to make ranged attacks. Finally, Brutaal becomes a lockdown attacker, as he picks up both Plasticity and Close Combat Expert. Truly, this is the darkest timeline of the DC Universe.
While he’s an expensive investment at either point value, you’ll find that he’s a great character to place on themed teams for Apokolips, Brute, Monster, or Warrior. And, with that natural 8 range, he’ll be dishing out penetrating damage on his top click from all over the map.
That’s all for today, ‘Clix fans! Be sure to check back next time, but until then, believe in Anti-Life, and always be “FOR DARKSEID!”