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Black Bolt

Reviewed 06.14.2006

Average Rating:

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
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Rurouni KJS Black Bolt is the leader and most powerful of the Inhumans, a clan of super-powered humanoids who lived in a secluded region of the Earth and later the moon.
Able to control electrons to create force fields, fly, shoot concussion blasts and briefly increase his strength to vast degrees, these powers all pale next to the uncontrollable might of his voice. A whisper can rock a battleship while a scream is equal to a nuclear explosion.

Unique Black Bolt
wing speed
166 points
Team: none
Range: 10 x 1

10 08 08 08 08 07 07 07 06
10 09 09 08 07 08 09 10 11
17 17 16 16 15 15 14 14 13
04 03 03 03 03 04 04 04 05

Powers and analysis:
First 2 clicks are fully loaded with Running Shot, Pulse Wave, Defend and Perplex. #3 gains Energy Explosion; 4th loses Running Shot and gains Toughness.
Click 5 gets Psychic Blast and Outwit. 6th click upgrades to Invulnerability, but the 7th click loses Outwit. Then click 8 loses Invulnerability. The 9th and final click sees the return of both Running Shot and Pulse Wave.

At 166 points, Mr. Bolt is costed to be a tentpole or main attacker in a standard 300 point match, but his dial is pretty oddly constructed for it. Three opening clicks with no damage reducers and defense numbers that are just a tad above average will cause you problems if you run him out there into the front line.
Still his attack numbers on those clicks are pretty deadly, too.

Me, I'd prefer to have him bolster a team. Even at 300 points, a decent attacker and support can be added. He can make good use of his Defend & Perplex while the people he carries or accompanies take the early heat of the battle. Then he can deliver the KO blow.

I know what you're thinking: NOVA BLAST, right? With his ability to self-boost his attack or damage or range, it is tempting. But I can't fully recommend it; 'Bolt's too pricey to be a simple Nova bomb who'll end up in a rather weakened state mid-dial (or worse if solidly hit on that post-Nova'd click). Still, the mere fear factor of the card might be worth the points. FORTITUDE might be in order to help him stay alive a little bit longer, maybe. PROTECTED is extra-recommended for him. And don't forget EXTENDED RANGE to give enemies a rude surprise.

Medusa and Crystal are fellow Inhumans, so there's a theme. He's a Fantastic four ally like those two as well, although never a member.

In sum:
Unlike most figures in this point range, Black Bolt is not a self-supporter. But he's a deft combination of death-dealing monster and expensive support figure.

Rating: 3/5. Needs a team to work with.

Rurouni KJS...here to help.

Today's review Blackbolt is from Sinister

 Blackbolt is the leader of the Inhumans and a member of the Illuminati.  He is also one hell of a good clix.


He is a Unique, comes in at 166 points, has 9 clicks of life, a ten range 1 target, a flier, and has no team

Speed:  10,8,8,8,8,7,7,7,6  Running Shot the first three and last click

Attack:  10,9,9,8,7,8,9,10,11  Pulse Wave the first two, EE next two, Psy Blast nest 4, then ends with PW

Defense:  17,17,16,16,15,15,14,14,13  Defend first three, toughness next two, Invulnerability two after

Damage:  4,3,3,3,3,4,4,4,5  Perplex first four, then 2 of Outwit

The Good:  Lots of tasty Running Shot

      The Pulse Wave means big time damage, EE with 1 target sucks, Psy Blast is great

      Perplex and Outwit help him a lot

      High attack throughout

The Bad:   Not enough damage reducers for the points

     A 17 Def is not that good for defend, and defend is not good for a main attacker

Feats:   ICWO, Protected, and Nova Blast…as if you couldn’t figure that out

Overall:  Oh man am I excited for this clix. I have been dieing to finish my Illuminati team for a while now, and now I can also make a good inhuman team.  The attack values are great, and the perplex helps his opening pulse wave/force blast.  The damage always stays high, and when it is at its lowest he has perplex and outwit to help him out.  Psy Blast and Outwit with a high damage is an amazing combination and will always do damage.  He is both frontloaded and back loaded and never really has a bad click.  He is going to be used a lot by people who are going to abuse the hell out of his Nova Blast ability.  The perplex and ICWO could mean a def hit for 4 damage on an entire team.  He is going to be one of the top pulls from this set and I would say the best Nova Blaster out there.  His defense is a concern though because if he gets hit he gets hit hard.  Other than that an amazing clix and one I am definitely hoping to get. If I pull him in my first booster I will not need to buy any more from this lackluster set.

Constructed/Unrestricted: 4.5 / 5

Sealed/Draft:  5 / 5


Overall:  4.5 / 5

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Black Bolt is the leader of the Inhumans and is ridiculously powerful.  He is most commonly known as the only super person to have the word black in his name without actually being an African American.



Unique:  166 points, X-Men Team



MOVEMENT:  Running Shot of 10 is decent.  Three clicks of Running Shot is not bad either.


ATTACK:  10 is a nice attack, just ask anybody that plays Emerald Empress.  His 11 attack at the end with a 5 damage is just frustrating.  Obviously the Pulse Wave is his bread and butter.  Pulse Wave is pretty much the best ability in the game that is not a movement.


DEFENSE:  This is where he falls very flat.  17 with defend is a terrible combo.  If you are Pulse Waving people, Nova Blasting or trying to single target Pulse Wave why would you want one of your characters near you sharing your defense?


DAMAGE:  4 damage is really nice, Perplex is much nicer.  His damage is always pretty darn good and he must be dealt with immediately because of it.


SCULPT:  He’s flying right at you!  Watch out!



*       4 damage with Pulse Wave is great!

*       Emerald Empress has that as well

*       No Team

*       Nice Stats all around

*       Over half of your 300 point team

*       9 clicks is pretty long

*       10 is a long range!

*       Defend is deeply retarded on a Pulse Waver

*       Grrr… last click is the best once again


Let’s not kid ourselves; Black Bolt is not even CLOSE to as good as Emerald Empress.  He is way more points then Emerald Empress, he does not have the wildcard team ability, nor does he have upfront damage reducers.  He’s definitely more dangerous mid-dial, but for the points I’d rather play two rookie Emerald Empress’s.   He does seem like a fun one man team to play and may be quite powerful in higher point games, but as far as the world of competitive 300 point games goes, he’s not going to stack up.




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