Starting with two clicks of Hypersonic Speed and
Impervious, this would appear at first glance to be
the perfect (and cheaper) replacement of the retired
Vet Superman from Icons. Except that this Supes is
missing the anti-Stealth Superman Ally team ability
in favor of the nigh-useless Justice League ability.
His damage value is also pretty pitiful at 3 on
those clicks. Sure, he's got Close Combat Expert,
but Hypersonic fliers with range like him are better
used to hit & run. And by the time he gets 4 damage
for a few clicks, he's down to Charge. His Attack
Value also never quite soars, starting at 11 but
sliding immediately to 10 and bottoming out at 8 by
his last two clicks. Worst of all, the entire back
half of his dial is bare of any damage reducer at
all -- instead, he has the "Self Sacrifice" power,
which allows him to take damage for an adjacent
character. While somewhat in character for the
ever-altruistic Superman, this is a terrible power
But not everything about this version of Superman is
bad news. He keeps move+attack powers through more
of his dial than any Superman since the Kingdom Come
version. His average DV is also higher by far than
any other Superman figure's, tanking at 16 mid-dial
and peaking at 20 on his LAST CLICK...and I know
from bitter experience that a number like that can
be a really hard roll. Mid-dial HSS rounds out this
latest Kal-El's upgrades over previous versions.
FORTITUDE is always a good choice for high-point
tentpoles. So is PROTECTED when points are tight --
and perhaps moreso for Superman's high-stat but
not-durable late dial. On the retired end of things,
SIDEKICK couldn't hurt his friends if that late-dial
high defense shows up.
If only that Special Power gave him some form of
damage reduction, he'd be great. But as-is...?
RATING: 3 of 5. Just too vulnerable for too much of
his dial and lacking the brute force for that not to
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