Pojo's HeroClix "Click of the Day"
|Well this ought to be an easy review, since I already
worked on Live Wire as part of my Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl
reviews...Here's a partial reprint and a
Garth Rann was also one of the founders of the Legion. Originally known as
Lightning Lad, he's now better known as Livewire. A native of the planet
Winath, Garth is able to generate and channel electricity internally, but
that's not a natural ability of Winathians. Together with his older brother
and twin sister, Garth "borrowed" their parents' spaceship, and crashed on
the planet Korbal. They intended to use the native Lightning Beasts to
recharge their ships' power cells, but were knocked unconscious instead.
When they awoke, the Rann children had gained their lightning powers.
Together with Rokk Krinn of Titan and the abovementioned Irma Ardeen, Garth
foiled an assassination plot against wealthy industrialist R.J. Brande, who
rewarded the teens with the resources needed to form the Legion of
Over the course of the next couple of years, Garth lost his right arm (which
is why it's a robotic version now), fell in love with, and broke up with
Saturn Girl, took charge of the Legion, and gave it up. Also, in current
continuity, he's considered dead (he apparently met his demise in Legion
The Rookie Livewire costs a paltry 22 points, and has 4 clicks of health. He
gets RCE and Incapacitate, and has starting stats of 8 Speed, 7 Attack, 14
and 0 Damage. Not bad, but certainly not great. The RCE, Flight and LSH
ability make him an attractive taxi though, especially when you factor in
his 1 Range
8 attack. Plus, he's only 22 points, which means you can squeeze him in on
just about any team.
A pedestrian sculpt and common rarity tend to detract from his ratings,
though Livewire is a much more attractive piece than his other two Legion
Playability 3 of 5
Collectability 2 of 5.
||Live Wire is a great taxi. He's a wild card so he could
be the DC Doombot.
He has a movement of 8 that goes as low as 6. He has a little fire power if
you need it while he's taxing, 7 attack with one click of incapacitate at
the end of his dial and RCE all the way down the dial, no damage. His
defense is low like all Legion of Super Heros members, 14 with 4 clix of
health. Be careful with Live Wire, he can die fast. In a mix game Id pick
over Vulture because of the little fire power and the wild card ability, but
only 4 clix of life. Live Wire is one of the best taxis in DC Heroclix.
He has the highest possible rarity for a rookie, 2. He shouldn't be too hard
to pull I don't see any reason for buying him on ebay. Auctions for him on
ebay are low, as they should be going no higher than $1.00!
His sculpt is plain. His suits cool though, lighting bolts on his soliders
and the glove on his left hand. I like blue and white.
He isn't bad but isn't great. For an even 50 points, you get some RCE, and
some Incapacitate with decent values. On the bright side, he is a flyer with
DC's only wildcard team ability. Not a bad peice overall, but I'll still
take Bullseye over Livewire.
200-Games: Too expensive. Remember this; you can get a Rookie Firelord for
66 points. Now, which of those two is better. 2.25/5
300+ Games: A bit better, but I'll take Bullseye or Firelord over this guy
any day. 2.75/5
Sealed Box: Here he is real nice. Good values, Wildcard ability and a flyer
with a bunch of RCE at 8 range; I'll take him! 3.75/5
The Bottom Line: 3/5
|Only one use for this guy. Team him up with Green
Lantern, and watch him become the best taxi in the game. Almost no other use
for this version. Here's the verdict: