Greetings HeroClix fans!
We are pleased to bring you our X-citing final preview from the Marvel HeroClix: Wolverine and the X-Men set with a look at the first mutant born since M-Day, the event that stripped most of the mutant population. Some consider her the savior of homo superior while others fear she is a harbinger of destruction. Most know her simply as Hope Summers!
Hope Summers comes in at 75 points and her first click is unassuming, with Energy Shield/Deflection making her difficult to hit with ranged attacks and Perplex allowing her to modify combat values within her range of six squares. This combination of defense and damage powers stay on Hope Summers’ dial for her first three clicks.
Once Hope Summers is off her top click, Energy Shield/Deflection and Perplex remain but her mutant powers emerge as gains Running Shot. Hope Summers also gains a special power called Omega-Level Mutant, which represents her primary mutant ability to mimic the powers of those around her. Omega-Level Mutant lets Hope Summers take a free action and then use the powers of one chosen adjacent character until your next turn. Omega-Level Mutant appears in Hope Summers’ attack slot for the remainder of her dial.
As we move to the back half of Hope Summers’ dial, we see that Running Shot returns. A short run of Combat Reflexes represents Hope Summers’ survival training with Cable. Another key power possessed by Hope Summers is the ability kick-start the newly emerging powers of other mutants. In Hope Summers’ damage slot, this is represented as a special power called Mutant Jump Start, which lets her use Empower and Enhancement and modifies the attack values by +1 of adjacent friendly characters with the X-Men keyword.
Speaking of keywords, Hope Summers has the X-Men keyword as well as Future, Generation X and Phoenix Force.
Since we’re currently in the middle of Marvel HeroClix: Fear Itself Organized Play series, we can easily form a 300-point team from the comic series that involves Hope Summers. First, we can add Cyclops (#008) from the Marvel HeroClix: Giant-Size X-Men set. They both share the X-Men keyword, which allows Cyclops to take advantage of the +1 attack value modifier from Hope Summers’ Mutant Jump Start.
With Hope Summers at 75 points and Cyclops at 110 points, we’ve still got 115 points to spare!
During the Fear Itself storyline, Cyclops gave Hope Summers his approval to use the powers from any of the mutants on Utopia Island as part of his plan to stop Kuurth (Breaker of Stone) from destroying San Francisco. For the next member of our 300-point force, we can add Emma Frost (#014) from the Marvel HeroClix: 10th Anniversary set. Emma Frost’s power set include Mind Control, Penetrating/Psychic Blast, Super Senses and Outwit, all of which should come in handy for Hope Summers to use with Omega-Level Mutant. Emma Frost also has the X-Men keyword and comes in at 114 points, leaving us at 299 points for our total build.
That’s all for now! We hope you enjoyed our series of previews for the Marvel HeroClix: Wolverine and the X-Men set, which releases in stores on August 21. Please join us again as we uncover more secrets from upcoming HeroClix sets! Until then, may your Impervious rolls be ever in your favor!