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Fantastic Forces

Reviewed 07.14.2005

Average Rating: 2.7

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating

darioferni Today is Songbird, from Fantastic Forces:

Rookie 44p, 8 range, 1 target, Avengers TA, 5 clicks of life
Exp. 67p, 8 range, 1 target, Avengers TA, 6 clicks of life
Vet. 79p, 8 range, 2 targets, avengers TA, 6 clicks of life

I’ll be doing the Vet. version, although given the point difference with the
Exp., you may want to use that instead of the Vet. (Well, to be honest, I
don’t think you’ll be using any of them :P)

Speed: 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6; Running Shot on the first and second click.

Attack: 9, 9, 8, 8, 7, 7. Starts with two clicks of Telekinesis, then two of
Pulse Wave and ends with two of Incapacitate.

Defense: 16, 15, 15, 14, 14, 13. Energy S/D for the first two clicks, then 2
of Barrier, and ends with another 2 of Energy S/D.

Damage: 3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2. No powers.

Analysis: This one will certainly be short. why use this guy when Vet.
Hawkeye offers, for 5 extra points: 2 extra range, one more target, a higher
attack value, and RCE for the first click. Sure, he’s not a 12 there, but
with a 10, the difference is very little…

Conclusion: It’s not like it’s unplayable, it’s just that there are better
options (namely Hawkeye).

100 - .5/5 forget it.
200 - 1/5 not enough points.
300+ - 2/5 as I said earlier, not sucky, but there are better out there…


Reviewed by Cramcompany


I’m writing this from the road and do not have an Internet connection.  My apologizes if anything is wrong, but it shouldn’t be, because I’m nearly completely perfect.


Today we will be reviewing SONGBIRD from the new Fantastic Forces set.


WHICH IS THE BEST:  The point difference and powers between them all are very comparable and close.  The big difference is range, running shot and targets.  The Veteran has 12 movement with running shot and an 8 range with 2 targets.  So the best is THE VETERAN.


POINTS:  79, CLICKS 6, 8 range with a two targets, Avengers Team Ability

MOVEMENT:  12 with two clicks of running shot.  Very solid opening running shot.

ATTACK:  9,9,8,8,7,7 opening two clicks of telekinesis (perhaps the most utilized ability in the game)

DEFENSE:  16,15,15,14,14,13 First two clicks and last two clicks are energy shield deflection with barrier sandwiched in the middle.  Basically an 18 defense from a ranged attack.

DAMAGE:  A solid three clicks for most of the dial until the end when she drops to a 2 damage.

FEATS:  I would keep her point cost low, but Incontact with Oracle would still be okay.  Upping her defense to a 19 from a ranged attack would be pretty tight.  Oh and use the Thunderbolts card to change her to Ultimates or Mystics or Batman Team, or something else.

BATTLE FIELD CONDITIONS:  Nothing, because it depends on the rest of your team.

HOW TO PLAY HER: Running shot and telekinesis is a great combination on the dial.  No, you cannot use them together, but they are still a great combo.  Songbird will throw all your attackers into the mix and will still be able to get off a first attack, because of her long range and running shot.  Do not be afraid to push her either, telekinesis characters usually has to push to get that other attacker their first shot.  She will still have running shot even when she is being pushed.  Her low attack is a problem so be choosey and pick somebody that you will definitely hit.

HOW TO BEAT HER:  You’re going to HAVE to get next to Songbird to hit her.  Sure a Thor or some other character can hit her, but I don’t think you want to waste his attacks.  She is hard to hit, but with her low attack she is easy to ignore for certain characters, KC Green Lantern can all but ignore her and eventually kill her.

OVERVIEW:  The first thing you have to factor in is; YOU WILL HAVE A TELEKINESIS CHARACTER ON YOUR TEAM.  So already you need her or somebody with her powers.  Jean Gray is the cheapest legal figure at 31 points and she is a one trick pony.  Johnny Alpha is amazing for 54(?) points,  he gives you get an 11 attack, stealth, super senses and 8 range, but he does not get movement.  His big problem is he is too far away from the battle to really affect it.  A lot of times he gets stuck and thus he might as well be Jean Gray.  The LE Sinestro is definitely like Songbird, but costs a bit more and does not have the awesome Avengers (Thunderbolts) change team ability.  Comparably, Songbird is definitely playable.  You are paying about 48 points more for her then Jean Gray and she is just A LOT more deadly.  I like her, but she is still a touch over-costed.  Frankly a Jean Gray and Johnny Alpha Experienced are less and you get more for them.  Just because he is not THE best option possible she is still a good option and a well thought out character.

3/5 300 Point Game

3.5/ 5 400 Point Game

4/5  500 Point Game (You have the points and the movement ability is much more important)

In draft she is amazing, because she is the only telekinesis character in the set. 


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