Greetings HeroClix Fans!
Today, we’re excited to introduce our series of previews for the DC HeroClix: Justice League Trinity War! Of course, there’s no finer way to introduce the set than by featuring a pair of powerhouses starting with the face of the DC Universe, the Man of Steel, Superman!
Superman possesses a trait called “A New Kind of Justice League,” which will make already effective Justice League teams even more dangerous. Granting any adjacent friendly characters with a lower point value and the Justice League keyword the Superman Ally team ability will allow for strategic positioning options and opens up characters like Booster Gold, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and Guy Gardner to freely take ranged combat shots at opposing characters without having to worry about Stealth getting in the way. Better yet, if you pair Superman with Batman or Wonder Woman, those characters don’t have to be adjacent or have a lower point value to take advantage of this spectacular trait.
The Special Powers that Superman has run the gamut of his abilities. In the middle of his dial on his attack, he has a Special Power called “Freeze Breath” which grants Superman Incapacitate. On top of that, if he uses it as a close combat action, he’s able to target all adjacent opposing characters! Additionally, when using it as a ranged combat action, if his target is hit, all untargeted characters adjacent to the target are hit. That’s some serious board control! To go along with that on his attack he has the standard power Super Strength at the top and near the close of his dial.
Defensively, Superman starts off with a 19 defense and a click of Invincible, before transitioning into his Defense Special Power called “True Invulnerability Comes From Within,” which grants Clark the use of Impervious. As a bonus, if Superman was damaged by an opposing character’s attack since your last turn, Superman is healed of one damage. Later on down the dial, Superman has Invulnerability, and then closes out his dial with super senses. Not to be overlooked is the fact that he is Indomitable, so don’t be afraid to push the Kryptonian hero!
Superman has a damage Special Power on his top dial of both his 250 and 115 point starting lines called “Inspiring Hero.” This grants Superman the ability to use Leadership. With that comes a great added effect – if he does use Leadership and succeeds, the attack and defense values of all friendly characters is modified by +1 until your next turn. He closes out his attack with two clicks of Ranged Combat Expert, which play together nicely with both the Superman Ally team ability, and his seven range.
Superman’s dial begins strongly for his movement powers, starting with a 12 with Hypersonic Speed, before moving through Running Shot, Charge, and finally closing out with Sidestep. Superman never lacks for mobility, and this dial has it in spades – every click leaves options for Superman to get into the mix or out of trouble, and his damage levels will leave your opponent second guessing their positioning against a team featuring the last son of Krypton.
As mentioned earlier, Superman has two point costs for his dial, opening with 250 points for 10 clicks, or 115 points for 5 clicks. He also features the keywords Justice League, Kryptonian, Metropolis, and Trinity, which will allow Kal-El to fit in on many themed teams as the featured attacker. He also qualifies for several significant Additional Team Abilities (ATAs), including Justice League: Silver Age, Justice League Dark, and Kryptonian. With all those strong ATAs, don’t overlook Justice League: New 52, which will make use of his “Inspiring Hero” special power.
And now we have one of the members of the twisted alternate version of the Justice League on Earth 3 known as the Crime Syndicate!
Ultraman possesses a long dormant team ability representing his corrupt alliance of evil. To recap, you can find a description of the Crime Syndicate team ability (as well as all other DC HeroClix team abilities) here.
That use of Probability Control (even at the potential expense of his allies) as well as the Improved symbol granting him the ability to ignore hindering terrain for line of fire means that opposing characters will have a hard time avoiding the deadly attacks of Ultraman.
Being a mirror opposite of Superman, Ultraman is weaker when exposed to the sun. This is represented on his dial by the trait Hiding From the Sun, which prevents his powers from being countered when Ultraman occupies hindering terrain. And seeing as the Wing symbol allows him to move in and out of hindering terrain at will, Ultraman should have no problem staying in the shade.
When selecting to start Ultraman on his larger point value of 225, he starts off with 2 clicks of Hypersonic Speed, Super Strength, and Invincible. But don’t let this focus on up close brawling powers cause you to miss his 8 range and the Ranged Combat Expert present on his second as well as his fourth click which doubles as the starting line of his 125 point value.
It’s still damage reducers all the way down Ultraman’s dial even once the first two clicks of Invincible wear off with Impervious, Invulnerability, and Toughness for two clicks each. And to burn through your opponents damage reducers, the ever-popular combination of Running Shot and Penetrating/Psychic Blast make an appearance on clicks 3 and 5, letting Ultraman dish out the penetrating damage. But even when those powers aren’t around on clicks 4 and 6, Charge accompanies the return of Super Strength to keep the big hits coming.
As he is known to fly off the handle quite a bit more easily than Superman, Ultraman ends his dial off with a couple clicks of Battle Fury and brings back Hypersonic Speed. This rage, coupled with the Indomitable symbol granting him Willpower throughout his dial, means Ultraman will not stop until all of his opponents are no longer capable of interfering with his plans.
Ultraman has the Crime Syndicate and Ruler keywords representing his megalomaniacal tendencies and can either be a tentpole figure at his full 225 point value or a bit more of a (moderately reluctant) team player when fielded at 125 points.
Now that you’ve seen the good and the evil versions of the Man of Steel, please join us next time when we continue the sneak peek at the DC Heroclix: Justice League Trinity War set with a look at the mystical side of the New 52 universe.