Marvel HeroClix X-Men – Days of Future Past: Franklin Richards and Rachel Summers!

Published on May 9th, 2014

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Today we bring you another preview from the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: X-Men – Days of Future Past. Today we have a couple of young lovers doomed by a dark future where mutants are hunted and incarcerated.  We begin today’s preview with Franklin Richards!

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Franklin Richards, the son of Sue and Reed Richards, was the betrothed of Rachel Summers in Earth-811 and died at the hands of the Sentinels.

Franklin Richards is 64 points, a single target 4 range, and is really inexpensive for the support he brings to the tabletop. All of his movement clicks have Stealth, which is great for support pieces. You can keep him hidden from opposing characters and hide friendly characters behind him. He also has Barrier on his top 3 clicks on his 5 click dial. Barrier is great for protection for him and his companions, but when used as part of strategy it can shine! Throw up a Barrier to help a friendly character pull off a single target Pulse Wave, or place it around an opposing character to prevent them moving or attacking until your next turn. Make sure you Outwit the Flight on that character before you block him in!

Franklin Richards has the special power Sentinel Survivor on his top two clicks. It states Franklin Richards can use Empower, Enhancement and Support. When Franklin Richards has less than 2 action tokens, adjacent friendly characters’ powers can’t be countered and their combat values can’t be modified by opposing characters. If you push Franklin Richards he will take pushing damage, so with his special power you have extra incentive to allow him to rest so that adjacent friendlies won’t get Outwitted.

On click 3, Franklin Richards trades Sentinel Survivor with Probability Control and gains Psychic Blast on clicks 4 both for the rest of their dial. His defense alternates between a 17 and 16 defense for his whole dial, but he can get an extra boost from his trait Married Duo. It says when Franklin Richards is adjacent to a friendly character named Rachel Summers, modify both characters’ defense values by +1 if not already modified by this effect. He also has the X-Men and Fantastic Four team abilities so he can heal up and in turn, heal other characters up with his special power. Next up…

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Rachel Summers became a “Hound” after the Mutant Registration Act drafted by Senator Robert Kelly.   AHound is a mutant that tracks down other mutants. Rachel was psychically linked to her victims however and after feeling all of their despair fought against her captors and was in turn sent to the mutant concentration camps. This is where she met Franklin Richards.

Rachel Summers is an equally inexpensive 76 points and she possesses the Flight symbol, the X-Men team ability, and a single target 7 range. She also has a trait called trait Married Duo. It says when Rachel Summers is adjacent to a friendly character named Franklin Richards, modify both characters’ attack values by +1 if not already modified by this effect. With the Flight symbol, she can taxi Franklin Richards around and allow them to boost each other’s stats.

Rachel’s dial is simple and utilitarian. She starts her top 2 clicks with identical powers, Running Shot, Telekinesis, and Willpower. She starts with a 6 movement, so if she is carrying a character, her movement at most will be 4. On click 3 she loses Willpower and trades Telekinesis for Psychic Blast for clicks 3 – 5. On clicks 4 and 5 she gets Energy Shield/Deflection so with her boost with Franklin Richards’ Married Duo trait, she could potentially have a +3 bonus to defense!

Rachel and Franklin,at their combined 140 points, make an effective team. His Enhancement or Empower can add to her damage, and each other’s traits adding one to defense and damage need to be remembered when the dice are rolling. In addition, the ability to heal each other with team abilities, and Franklin’s support can keep them in the battle for the win. They both possess the Days of Future Past and Future keywords. In addition Franklin Richards has Fantastic Four and Scientist Rachel Summers has X-Men.

Thanks for reading this preview from the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: X-Men – Days of Future Past set and be sure to check back next week for another great preview!

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