Preview The Dark Knight Rises

A True Dynamic Duo! Alfred Pennyworth & Lucius Fox

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

For today’s DC HeroClix: The Dark Knight Rises set preview we shine the spotlight on two men who work behind the scenes to help the Caped Crusader in his never-ending war against crime.  First up, please welcome Bruce Wayne’s ever-loyal valet and confidant from both the Batman Begins and The Dark Knight movies, Alfred Pennyworth!

Alfred begins play with a trait that represents his ability to be by Batman’s side when needed. The trait, Alfred, I Need You, activates when Alfred is given a move action and it resolves. When that happens, he may be placed adjacent to a friendly character that possesses a team ability or keyword Alfred also possesses.  The friendly character must be within two squares and line of fire.

As one of Batman’s greatest supporters, it’s appropriate that Alfred starts his dial with two clicks of Defend in order to share his defense value with his teammates. This ability is backed by three clicks of a special power in Alfred’s damage slot, Why Do We Fall?, which allows him to use Perplex and Support. Mid-dial, Alfred gets out his shotgun to protect Wayne Manor and gains Energy Explosion. Alfred is still quite the pugilist, which is represented on his last two clicks as Close Combat Expert!

Alfred has a range of three and possesses the Batman Ally team ability, which allows him to use Stealth and harkens back to his days as an intelligence agent for the British Army’s Special Air Service. Speaking of Alfred’s military service, he has the Soldier and Gotham City keywords. Finally, Alfred clocks in at 55 points, which makes him a great, low-cost addition to any force!

Arguably, Lucius Fox’s value to Batman is just as great as Alfred’s – even though the former claims he doesn’t know the Dark Knight’s real identity. Lucius Fox is 35 points and begins play with a special power in the first two clicks of his damage slot.  This special power, Head of Wayne Industries, allows him to use Leadership and Perplex. When he uses Leadership, he may remove tokens from higher-pointed characters if they possess the Batman Ally team ability! On Lucius Fox’s last two clicks, he gains Outwit.

With a low point cost, a pair of handy keywords (Gotham City and Scientist), and access to the always popular powers Perplex and Outwit,  Lucius Fox should find his way onto many teams!

That’s all we have for today!  Join us on Wednesday for our next Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Movie set preview when we stand vigilant with a guardian of Asgard whose resolve is unquestioned!