Greetings HeroClix Fans!
To kick off the Booster Brick previews of the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. set, we take a look at a member of the Invaders who has fought alongside Captain America but did not serve during World War II, and who also teamed up with Captain Britain as part of MI13. Please welcome Joseph Chapman, the third hero to adopt the identity of Union Jack!
Union Jack can be added to your force for 90 points and has a range of five squares and one target. He also has the Indomitable combat ability, so he can attack on two consecutive turns without taking damage from pushing. Union Jack has a pair of traits that make him fun to play: Invade Your Territory and Silver Bullets and Blade.
The first trait, Invade Your Territory, is shared by other characters in this set with the Invaders keyword. What makes Invade Your Territory fun is that Union Jack treats Barrier or Smoke Cloud markers as if they weren’t there and he removes them from the game if he’s moved through them. Opposing players who want to use those powers to slow down or stop Union Jack may have to rethink their strategy.
You’ll want to remember that Invade Your Territory only applies for movement. If Union Jack tries to draw a line of fire through a Smoke Cloud marker to a character using Stealth, it will be blocked. However, an Invaders teammate with the Invade Your Territory trait can move through the Smoke Cloud markers to remove them, giving Union Jack a clear line of fire to his target.
On his own, Union Jack is a mobile attacker from range and in close combat, thanks to a power set that includes The Webley or the Shiv?, a special power which lets him use Charge and Running Shot. Additionally, when Union Jack uses Charge, he can also use Blades/Claws/Fangs to potentially deal up to six clicks of damage. And when Union Jack uses Running Shot, he can use Improved Targeting to ignore characters when he draws lines of fire.
Energy Explosion appears on the same two clicks as The Webley or the Shiv?, which potentially lets Union Jack dish out damage to characters adjacent to his target when he shoots. Union Jack starts defensively with Toughness to reduce some of the damage dealt to him. The remaining mix of powers on Union Jack’s dial work well with one another. Toward the middle of Union Jack’s dial he gains the popular combination of Charge, Blades/Claws/Fangs and Exploit Weakness to potentially deal up to six clicks of penetrating damage. Combat Reflexes appears in his damage slot. On Union Jack’s last three clicks he switches to Sidestep and Super Strength, which lets him pick up objects to deal additional damage. Defensively, Toughness returns for a click before it’s replaced by Invulnerability.
Earlier we mentioned Union Jack’s other trait, Sliver Bullets and Blade. This trait lets Union Jack deal penetrating damage to an opposing character with the Monster keyword. Additionally, that character can’t heal for the rest of the game. Opposing Monster characters that rely upon the Regeneration or Steal Energy powers will want to think twice before engaging in a fight with Union Jack!
Union Jack has a trio of keywords (Excalibur, Invaders and Soldier) for theme team building purposes but he’s also a viable choice on any force, thanks to his point cost, combat values, and solid mix of powers and traits.
Thanks for reading. join us again as we reveal more exciting characters from the Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D set!