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Silver Surfer - Critical Mass
Reviewed 12.09.2003

Rank Veteran
Point Value  173
Collector's Number 096
Rarity 6

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Silver Surfer

Across the cosmos, Norrin Radd, the former herald of the mighty Galactus, wields the cosmic power supreme, riding his shiny silver surfboard, and he goes by the moniker The Silver Surfer.

Surfer is one of the more interesting characters that Jack "The King" Kirby and Stan "The man" Lee came up with. First appearance, Fantastic Four #48, one of the first multi-part stories in comics history, and coincidentaly one of the best. He's a pop-culture icon, being referenced in television, cartoons, and even feature films (think I'm kidding, watch "Breathless" with Richard Gere.) He's been one of the most wanted Clix since the beginning of the game, and now THREE expansions into the game, we finally get him. Let's take a look shall we?

Cost: 173, Health: 11, Ranged 10 Attacks: 2, Team:
SSADD: 14/11/18/3
Powers: Running Shot 1 Click, Invulnerability, Impervious, Toughness, Regeneration, Support.

That's it? I kind of expected more. Sure, 10 clicks of health is great, but all your powers are in the defense category, meaning Surfer is gonna be TOUGH to KO, but not impossible. Oh but he has Support at the end AND Regeneration. Which one do you think you're going to use at that point? Why have support at all?
His damage goes UP to 4 on the third click, and stays there for three clicks, so that's kind of nice, especially with 2 ranged 10 attacks, you can really whomp on the big guns from distance with that. He's cheap enough to fit on a 200 point team, and still have room for at least one paramedic and one other scrub. I imagine he'll start dominating the tournament scene shortly.

So is Silver Surfer the new Nightcrawler? Possibly.
He's going to be the last man standing in pretty much any game that he's in, but he doesn't have any exciting powers. As far as collecting goes, he's almost on par with early Nightcrawler prices. The most anyone's paid for him on Ebay lately was $51, most of the time he sold for between $27.50 and $49, though many auctions starting at $40 didn't sell at all.

Sculpt-wise I was kind of envisioning something a little more cosmic. He's just kind of standing there.
Kind of boring. And where's Howard the Duck? I wonder if anyone is actually going to get that? I should make a contest. If you can tell me what I was referencing in the above sentence, I'll send you something cool that I get at GenCon Anaheim on Thursday.

Lets see how many people read this.

My Ratings:

Playability 4.5 of 5
Collectability 5 of 5!

Next time, you know him, you love him, he's Thor-err---Beta Ray Bill!
John Misczak  On the first Saturday that I bought Critical Mass boosters, my first Unique was Silver Surfer. I was in jubilation, as I read quite a bit of Silver Surfer as a kid and really wanted him for a while. Silver Surfer, in some eyes, was to be the new Nightcrawler; rumored to have hypersonic speed with the highest speed value in the game, this was one clix to be reckoned with. Well, except that wasn’t to be. When WK released the stats for our surfing hero, I was quite disappointed to find out he had only one click of Running Shot for 173 points. However, he’s still quite a beast in many types of games for Marvel. For one, he keeps a high damage value throughout his dial. Secondly, with Impervious midway through, your opponent may knock a few clicks off of him only to find themselves unable to connect with a future attack.

Silver Surfer is part of the Defenders team, which will allow you to share the defense value with another Defenders member. Since SS has a high defense of 18, there’s no doubt some will look for taxi-able Defenders members to carry with him. The one that came to my mind first and foremost was Experienced Beast. While he has a somewhat low AV, he gets three clicks of 8 speed with charge, 3 damage with perplex, and toughness. Perplex can be very useful to add to Silver Surfer’s natural damage, and charge perfectly complements Surfer’s long range. However, the Defenders team ability can be somewhat of a hassle to keep going, as the second beast leaves adjacency with Silver Surfer to go charge an opponent, his defense slips back down to a very hittable 16.

So, if you don’t want to go the Defenders route (which most will not), you’ll still need a very able companion for the Surfer. For clix with natural damage and ranged attacks, I always think of having them carry around Vet Psylocke. Not only does she have Enhancement (a very useful power when you’re trying to knock someone with Invulnerability or Toughness), she can be a stealth shield to block LOS to Silver Surfer as well as use her B/C/F to dispose of any pieces who try to tie up the big silver guy.

Other than that, you can look at wildcards to pair up with Silver Surfer, whether its to share Defenders or use SHIELD or Hydra. If you’re looking to go the secondary attacker route, the new Vet Spider-Man from Critical Mass or the Veteran Taskmaster from Xplosion make good picks – Taskmaster because of stealth and B/C/F(once again) as well as perplex; Spider-Man for his super senses and his ability with Super Strength to expose previously stealthed figures for Silver Surfer to blast. If you’re more conservative with points (or are playing in a 300 pt. game) the Experienced Black Cat can make a good pick for her probability control.

100 – N/A

200 – 1/5 Not enough spare points to build a decent team

300 – 3/5 Better than 200, but you’re still sacrificing secondary people

300+ - 4/5 Very good piece, but a huge target for opponent

Collectability – 4/5, one of the more sought after pieces in Critical Mass.

John Misczak


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