Pojo's HeroClix "Click of the Day"
|Ahh Nightwing, the erstwhile Robin. Need some history?
Probably not, but I'm going to give it to you anyway. Dick Grayson was a
member of the Flying Grayson acrobat team when his parents ran afoul of some
mobsters. During a circus performance his entire family was killed, and
young Dick left an orphan. Fortunately for him, another orphan was in
the audience that night, a certain Bruce Wayne. Bruce took in young
Dick as his "ward", revealing his secret, that Bruce was, in fact, Batman.
As Robin, Dick would encounter Batman's deadliest of foes,
Joker, Clayface, Killer Croc, Scarecrow and infamously Two-Face, who had
something to do with the death of Dicks' parents. Eventually Batman felt
that having a teenage sidekick was too dangerous, and at the same time Dick
felt that Bruce wasn't letting Dick grow and mature (or something like
that). Robin left the Batcave, and went to college. Prior to this he joined
the first Teen Titans, consisting of Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Speedy and
Aqualad. By the time Dick was through with college, the Titans were a
different bunch of kids, now including Beast Boy, Raven, Starfire and Cyborg
(pretty much the team on the new cartoon show). During the Judas Contract
storyline Dick decided to retire the Robin persona, and became the darker,
more mature Nightwing.
After a long and stormy relationship with Starfire, an alien with orange
skin, and a stint as Batman (during the fallout of the whole Knightfall
saga) Dick moved to Bludhaven, an even seamier city just north of Gotham. He
also joined the police there, and now fights crime both as a costumed
vigilante and a cop. At least, that's the storyline I remember. I'm
not sure what's going on currently in Nightwing, but it's a long running
series with a ton of fans. Nightwing was one of the original DC heroes in
Hypertime, and has always seemed to me to be a great support piece. He is a
tad pricey at 72 points for the veteran version, but for that he gets two
range 8 attacks and 7 clicks of health, and is a Batman Ally.
His powers include Leap/Climb, Incapacitate, Smoke Cloud and Outwit. His
starting stats aren't shabby at 9 Speed, 10 Attack, 16 Defense and 3 Damage.
It's too bad he's not an RCE, but that wouldn't be consistent with his
character, it's not like he throws batarangs anymore.
I love Nightwing's sculpt, it captures the character perfectly,
especially the more martial aspect with those nunchuks (at least I assume
they're Nunchuks, they could just be fighting sticks. I wonder if anyone has
made a little chain to attach them...hmm...that's a good idea...I might do
Even though Nightwing is a rare, he's from the Hypertime set, which is
still VERY easy to get. Recent auctions have ended between $4.50 and $13.50.
Seems a tad pricey to me, but your mileage may vary.
Playability 3.5 of 5
Collectability 3.5 of 5
With out a doubt one of my very favorite DC clix. The first thing you'll
notice is the combo of leap/climb and the Batman ability. This means he can
jump wherever he wants, never has to break away and has Stealth. Also, he
has an astounding 8 range with two targets and Incapacitate, making him one
of the best Incapacitators in the game. His starting 10 AV makes him better
than the Bat in that section. Also, he starts with 2 clicks of Outwit, one
of the most invaluable powers around. The reason he is cheaper is due, no
doubt, to the lack of Willpower or ANY defensive power. But that is balenced
out with an almost unchanging defense value, a decent 14 one click from
defeat. And you get all this for only 72 points! Nightwing is like a
miniature version of Batman, and is accually stronger in some areas! Use
him, he is great!
200- Games: He is ok, but in low point games Deathstroke is better. 2.5/5
300+ Games: You just can't go wrong with this guy here. 3.75/5
Sealed Box: Broken. Use him, period. 5/5
The Bottom Line: 3.75/5
||Master Dick is agile and intelligent, just the way
Bruce's character fell onto the young boy through the years. He can Leap
tall buildings in a single bound and uses brains over brawn.
Two ranged attacks with Incapacitate. That's a painful hit. No matter who
you play, getting hit with Incapacitate on two characters is a frustrating
@#$%^. Especially since Mr. Grayson can taqke down Superman turn after turn
without having to worry about Impervious via Outwitting it.
Leap Climb and continuous Stealth is a great way to put him into place and
ready for a beatdown. He's a piece on his own, being able to stand his
ground in a 100 point game needing only a Medic.
|Everyone who plays Heroclix should know Nightwing. If
not, then your head's
under a rock. The absolute best Outwitter in the game. Use him in EVERY DC
team. Not some of the teams, ALL of the teams you ever design needs a
Heck, my very poor DC army wouldn't stand up without Nightwing. He's the HT
Firelord of DC. Use him well. Here's the verdict: