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Charcoal
Sinister

Reviewed 07.07.2006

Average Rating: 2.35

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

Rurouni KJS Created in a fan contest, this young black teenager could change into a monstrous form that could shift into all forms of carbon. He had super strength and durability, could shift to diamond, heat up and shoot fire or fly like a rocket as a member of the then-on-the-run Thunderbolts.

Charcoal
boot speed
90 points
Team: Avengers
Range: 4 x 1

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08 08 07 07 06 06 06 05
09 08 07 07 08 09 09 10
17 17 17 16 16 16 15 14
04 03 03 02 02 02 01 01

Powers and analysis:
1st click: Super Strength, Invulnerability 2nd click switched in Barrier 3rd and 4th clicks gain Earthbound and Blades/Claws/Fangs 5th click gains Impervious 6th click loses BCF and gains Plasticity and Close Combat Expert.
7th and final clicks swap in Toughness.

Lack of move+attack powers means he's going to need TK/taxi help. You also don't want to push him off that opening Invulnerability in favor of that rather pitiful 4 range barrier ability. And so much BCF with such low AV -- phew. That's the bad news. The good news is that he's a fairly cheap but powerful brick with a LOT of damage potential well into his middial clicks, an excellent AV in late dial and a steady defense that never quite tanks out. There aren't many figs who get Impervious so late in the game, and I can attest that it can make Charcoal a deep threat.

Feats:
He's a Thunderbolt, so he actually deserves THUNDERBOLTS. NANOBOTS may help; though it won't get him back to full power, the more you can harass enemies with that middial Impervious, the better (plus, he's almost never easy to heal). ENTANGLE is another "maybe" card that can keep him on his dangerous late clicks longer at a time when he's basing a grounded fig.

Themes:
As I said, he's an actual member of Thunderbolts. He's also currently dead, although he's proven able to reform himself, so maybe one day...

Me, he'll be joining my Street Soldier Gangsta Black Heroclix Clik.

Comic accurate?
Sadly no! Due to an error in production, Charcoal lacks a flight stand and his power of flight despite having the wing symbol -- and despite the fact that throughout his career he flew as a matter of course!
Apart from this ridiculous error, his dial well reflects his abilities as living coal.

In sum:
Charcoal is a mediocre piece for tourney play, but he's a solid theme choice with some nasty late-dial surprises.

Rating: 3/5
 
DrStrange86

Today's review is Charcoal from Sinister

 

Well…he looks like a man made of rock. 

 

He is a Unique, comes in at 90 points, 4 range 1 target, 8 clicks of life, and is an Avenger
 
Speed: 8,8,7,7,6,6,6,5  Earthbound clicks 3-5, Plasticity till end

Attack:  9,8,7,7,8,9,9,10  Super Strength first two, BCF next 3

Defense:  17,17,17,16,16,16,15,14  Invuln first, then 3 of Barrier, 2 of Imperv, 2 Toughness

Damage:  4,3,3,2,2,2,1,1   CCE last three

The Good:  He can do some high damage

      He eventually gets a high attack

      High def and damage reducers can keep him around a while

      Avengers team is great thanks to T-bolts

The Bad:   No move and shoot

     It says he flies, but that may be an errata, so that earthbound is wasted points

     Should be Imperv, Invuln, Tough, then barrier at and to help

     If the Plasticity, high attack, Imperv, and 4 damage was up front, he would be better

     4 range seems like wasted points

     Super Strength without Charge or HSS is wasted points

    Attack is so low he won’t hit BCF


Feats:   T-bolts is a must….I would never play him so whatever you want….ICWO and Protected work for everyone

Overall:  Ugh, I do not like this piece at all.  He is highly costed, has no move and shoot, the combinations suck, and he is just bad.  I don’t see any reason to play him unless you are a fan of the character, but if not, stay away…in fact, run away as fast as you can to trade him before his value goes down. 

Constructed/Unrestricted: 1.5 / 5

Sealed/Draft: 1 / 5

 

Overall:  1.5 / 5

Need help? Send any emails to batmandx@aol.com.

-DrStrange86

 


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