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Cat-Man
Origins

Reviewed 01.07.2007

Average Rating: 2.65

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

Rurouni KJS Rookie Cat-Man
boot speed
47 points
Team: Batman Enemy
Range: 6 x 1

Link to dial:


There are two ways to use Cat-Man here. One is as a cheap tie-up figure: starting with Leap/Climb allows him to get in an enemy's face with Combat Reflexes to protect him when he gets there plus Close Combat Expert to threaten the target. However, his mediocre 8 AV isn't going to make him much of a threat on his own. The other use is him sharing Batman Enemy AV (with, say, Joker) to snipe and ping targets from 6 squares out. The best, of course, is a mixture of both, especially once he gets Battle Fury and HAS to fight in close. Regeneration might help end-dial to prolong his nuisance factor.

Feats:
POUNCE fits on him, but it's not really worth the cost in build and clicks. I wouldn't waste AUTOMATIC REGENERATION or NANOBOTS on him, either. ARMOR PIERCING, though...it could be golden on his Flurry clicks. If you use that card, and if you have the room, add DAMAGE SHIELD to make him dangerous to hit back.

Themes/Comic accuracy:
An OK representation, I think. Can't think of any comic-accurate themes, though.

In sum:
His team ability is worth abusing if you're fielding higher-AV Batfoes or wildcards. Otherwise he's just a cheap throwaway tie-up piece with some small damage potential. Just not cheap enough.

Rating: 2.5/5. Add a half-point if he has TA help.


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Experienced Cat-Man
boot speed
37 points
Team: none
Range: 4 x 1

Link to dial:
http://www.wizkidsgames.com/heroclix/dc/figures_dials.asp?dialid=10875&unitid=12563&universeid=6

Similar to the Rookie but cheaper and more battle-ready to start, this piece is even more of a throwaway. Unfortunately, starting with Charge instead L/C makes it harder to get to his target to tie down even as it makes him a better fighter. He's also a click lighter on life, shorter-ranged and lacks a TA.
Use him with abandon.

Feats:
Don't waste the points. Even HEIGHTENED REFLEXES is liable to be useless due to his spending much of his short life in close combat. Maybe VAULT helps your shooters get a bead on Cat-Man's target.

Themes/Comic accuracy:
As this stage, Cat-Man is an outcast. No comic themes really exist, I think.

In sum:
Shortly after this stage in his career, Cat-Man grew suicidal. Funny, he works that way in this version.
Throw him at the biggest brick he can reliably tie down and don't weep at the 37 points he costs.

Rating: 2.5/5



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Veteran Cat-Man
boot speed
64 points
Team: Suicide Squad
Range: 4 x 1

Link to dial:
http://www.wizkidsgames.com/heroclix/dc/figures_dials.asp?dialid=10876&unitid=12564&universeid=6

The Vet Cat-Man graduates from close-quarters tie-up machine into close-quarters bag of hurt. Starting with Charge and Blades (check out the knives on the scuplt) and Willpower, he can deliver a massive amount of damage in a short time. His attack and defense stats stay steady if unremarkable, so don't be scared to push him if he falls off that great starting spot. And be sure to keep him near Suicide Squad fodder to keep him a danger to the other side for even longer.

Feats:
None really cry out to be used other than the hated IN CONTACT WITH ORACLE; Cat-Man's one of those figures who goes from just good to almost great with it.
NANOBOTS fits OK, but his close-combat focus and lack of flight or easy breakaway ability makes it a little hard to use at need.

Themes/comic accuracy:
This is the current revitalized "lion king" Cat-Man, truly far more dangerous than his previous versions, and the dial well reflects it. As a Secret Six member, team him with his Origin setmate EV Knockout, Deadshot, an old flying Parademon, Cheshire and Mad Hatter for an interesting theme team.

In sum:
A good 2nd or 3rd-line attacker yet still relatively inexpensive, Cat-Man's worth fielding in games of any size, in my opinion.

Rating: 4/5
 
Dario Hi there! It’s been a while, but I’ve come back to do some more reviewing.
And how could I not, when we are starting to check something from DC again!
wwiiiiiii :P Origins is the name of this new set, and today we start with who was one of the coolest characters in those mini-series before Infinite
Crisis: Cat-Man.
He comes in the form of an R/E/V. I’ll be doing the vet., since it seems to be the better. He has 8 clicks of health, 4 range 1 target, Suicide Squad TA, no Archenemy, no flight and:

Stats:

Speed: 8, 6, 8, 7, 6, 6, 6, 5. Has Charge on the first 2 clicks and Flurry on his 5th and 6th clicks.

Attack: 10, 9, 9, 8, 9, 9, 10, 8. Has B/C /F on his 1st, 3rd and 4th clicks.

Defense: 17, 16, 16, 15, 15, 15, 15, 14. Has Willpower on the first and last
3 clicks, and Combat Reflexes on his 3rd and 4th clicks.

Damage: 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1. No powers.

Analysis:

His Speed has kinda low values, but then again I guess we can expect much for 64 points. Fisr 2 clicks with Charge is nice, but the fact that he only Charge as far as his range makes that not so cool. The Flurry later on is nice, specially when combined with Willpower. Too bad that he doesn’t have B/C/F on those clicks.

His Attack is nice, certainly. Sweet for his cost, he has a decent chance of connecting his punches to most heroclix out there. That spread B/C/F is very welcome, since his damage sucks.

His Defense is nice too. With those values and that CR, he’s hard to hit from up close through pretty much his whole dial (and of course, close combat is the only thing he’ll be doing). Not really easy to heal. Willpower is sweet, and fits this guy.

His Damage is low. That’s expectable, both for the points and because of who he is, although I think a couple of 3’s wouldn’t have been uncalled for, and certainly would have helped. I’m also a little surprised he doesn’t have a little Outwit nor Perplex.


Conclusion: I don’t know if this guy is serious tournament material, but he is not bad. The thing is, he’s build to be just a 3rd string attacker/clean up piece, and you might pass him because there are other pieces that are that AND can help in some other way, like with TK, PC, Outwit or something else.
Still, Cat-Man is cool. He can deliver some damage, he can be annoying, and he’s cheap. Not to mention the sculpt is sweet. The TA can come very handy, too.
So, I’d give him a chance.
P.S.: Protected, Nanobots, ICWO are all feats he could use, but I don’t think driving his cost up is worthwhile.

Rating: 3/5.

“YES FORCEBLAST! NOW I CAN WIN!”

This is Dario, mails to

darioferni@hotmail.com
 
DrStrange86

Today's review is Cat-Man from Origin

 

A very old and obscure Batman villain who became a joke, fat, and a drug addict.  He went back to the jungle to clean up his life, until his tribe was slaughtered by Deathstroke (Deadshot in disguise).  Since then, he has been revitalized in the pages of Villains United and the Secret Six (both great reads).

 

The best of the three is the Veteran

 

He is 64 points, 4 range 1 target, 8 clicks of life, and a Suicide Squad member

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Speed

8

6

8

7

6

6

6

5

Attack

10

9

9

8

9

9

10

8

Defense

17

16

16

15

15

15

15

14

Damage

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

1


Speed:  Charge then Flurry, I like

Attack:  High, consistent values for the points, and the blades gives him good damage potential

Defense:  Decent values, the willpower helps, and the Combat Reflexes can help out

Damage:  Steady 2’s till the end 1’s, good for nanobots though

The Good:  High, consistent attack

      Not great range, but is nice option

      Suicude Squad is a great team

      Long dial for the points

      Decent movement

The Bad:   4 range is very limiting

     Without BCF, he is not going to hurt anyone


Feats:   Nanobots and ICWO for damage are the best for him


Overall:    I actually like this character, I like him a low.  He reminds me a lot of Armor Wars Wolverine, but with move and shoot.  He is not an amazing secondary attacker, but he is very solid, and can stay in the game for a while.  He isn’t dangerous damage wise, but he can keep attacking through all 8 of his clicks, and, teamed with lockjaw, you can two low priced attackers that can stay around for a LONG time, making it tough for your opponent to decide who to go after.  I like the character, so I know I will be playing him. 

Constructed/Unrestricted:  3 / 5

Sealed/Draft:  3 / 5 (still waiting on the rest)

 

Overall:  3 / 5

 

“Heroclix….they’re cool, addictive, and available….the things practically sell themselves.”

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

-DrStrange86

 
~ Romanco ~
Today's Click of the Day is Cat-Man
Veteran from Origin
 
Cat-Man is a full-fledged supervillian of the DC universe. He was mainly around in the 1960s and 1980s but resurfaced two years ago. Last time I heard of him he was in the Suicide Squad Secret Six.
 
He is 64 points; Grounded; Suicide Squad Team; 4 Range; 1 Bolt
18    6   8    7    6    6  16    5   KO   KO   KO   KO
 10 19  19  18    9    9   10   8   KO   KO   KO   KO
 17  16  16  15   15  15  15  14  KO   KO   KO   KO
  2   2    2    2    2    2   1    1   KO   KO  KO   KO
 
Speed ..no wonder he never defeated Batman. With that speed the chase will be over before it starts. I do like the opening Charge nonetheless.
 
Attack begins with Blades/Claws/Fangs; perfect. I couldn't ask for more except a couple extra clicks with the Cat-Man's claws unleashed.
 
Defense is another positive. Starting 17 with Willpower works efficiently as always. He's given an easy flee to the medics when near-death.
 
Damage looks okay. You'll be using Blades anyway.
 
Sculpt -- Such a wannabe Batman. Except he looks bland and boring to me.
 
Cat-Man is showing us to always look for the future. This "origin" of him makes me realize why this guy isn't around much anymore. Lackluster stats all around excluding that first good click. Trust me, you can get much better than Cat-Man for the points. I wouldn't give him a shot.
 
Cat-Man rates: 1.5/5
 
Email goes to mcromanco95@aol.com.
 
"HeroClix are like roses: whether joy, or sadness, you are always caught to more."
~ Romanco ~
 


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