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HeroClix "Click of the Day"

Black Adam - DC Crisis
Reviewed 03.06.2008 - Average Rating: 3.25

Rurouni KJS Unique Black Adam
wing speed
254 points
Team: none
Keywords: Justice Society, Monster Society of Evil, Ruler
Range: 4 x 1

DIAL & CARD:
http://www.wizkidsgames.com/heroclix/dc/figuregallery.asp?unitid=13907

STRENGTHS:
An excellent 18 Impervious defense and 11 attack value with 5 damage are Adam's big assets to start. Charge and Quake? ...not so much, but it's not terrible.
Better is Hypersonic and Super Strength on click #2, but it doesn't last long, and by click 4 he's Charging and Quaking again. One would hope he's close enough to the fray for this not to matter so much...or better yet, that he's still in base contact to put his "Power of Aton" power into play, granting him the use of either Exploit Weakness or Flurry in a turn. He's still sporting either an 18 or 17 Invulnerability defense and 3 or 4 damage on these clicks, too.

The late-dial sees Flurry and his first Toughness clicks. He also gains the self-Perplex power "Wisdom of Zehuti" to pump his AV back to 10 or his damage for near-certain KO of a weakened target (or his range (!) to 5 for a shocking surprise, so long as he isn't on one of his many Battle Fury clicks). Finally, his last two slots end much as he starts: Charge, Quake, Impervious and Battle Fury, though with much lower (but not terrible) numbers.

All these overlapping power combos, while not the most efficient, do add up to Black Adam's biggest strength:
he has a way to put the hurt on both single big figs or on a lot of little ones. And he can do so on every click, so he's more pushable by far than, say, Vet Icons Superman.

WEAKNESSES:
Unlike the Black Adam of old, this caped version starts with Charge, Quake and Battle Fury instead of the coveted combo of Hypersonic Speed and Super Strength. That's not good. It may take Adam too long to get into the fight without a TKer(especially with no more soaring in Heroclix), and then he'd have to sacrifice the feats he needs to work in the 300-point tournament environment. A simple push gives him
HSS+SStrength on his 2nd click with no stat penalty
(including a preservation of his 18 Impervious), but this big fig has then sacrificed a precious click of life. There are ways around this problem (see CARDS), but it IS a problem that holds Adam back.

CARDS?
FORTITUDE is a must for tentpoles like Black Adam if at all possible. If you can't fit the points, use PROTECTED and do whatever it takes to remind yourself to use it (I lost my first game with Black Adam due to a rare non-use of Protected that would have saved him from a game-ending strike). His clicks of Battle Fury might get some small situational use from either INDOMITABLE (to boost his defense against Incap) or the little-used REVENGE (boost his attack after fellows have been KO'd).

If you lack TK on the team and need Adam to get to HSS fast, use the TELEPHONE BOOTH special object to push him (it's a free action) as soon as you're ready to attack. DON'T do it until you're ready to make your move, though, and try to make sure the Booth isn't in easy sniping range. If you win it, try the KINETIC ACCELERATOR to potentially boost his Charge speed so you don't have to waste a click of life to get in the fray.

IN SUM:
The old Adam was a monster of efficiency but doesn't hold up as well since Support no longer grants the 2nd wind it once nearly guaranteed him. At over 100 points more, this Adam is far less efficient and thus somewhat less deadly due to not being able to field much, if any backup in 300 point games. With a lot of ways to deal 3-8 clicks per turn, he's far, FAR from bad. But he's still overshadowed by Superman figures in his weight class, especially Vet Icons Superman and the new KC Chase Superman.

RATING: 4 of 5. Not quite ready to tentpole 300-point builds but fine in anything bigger.
DrStrange86

Today's review is Black Adam from Crisis

 

The wait is over….we have a new Black Adam in clix.  Will he be as dominate and abused as his old doppelganger was?

 

Kind of an intimidating sculpt…he kills so many people he lost his pupils.

 

He is a unique(SR), 254 points, 4 range 1 target, 10 clicks of life, a flier, no team

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Speed

10

11

11

12

10

8

9

9

8

8

Attack

11

11

12

11

10

9

9

9

9

8

Defense

18

18

18

18

17

17

17

16

16

16

Damage

5

5

4

3

3

4

3

3

3

3

 

Attack: Wisdom of Zehuti – Black adam can use perplex, but can only modify his own values

Damage: Power of Atom: Black Adam can use Exploit Weakness and flurry


Speed:  I really hate it when figs start with charge…I mean really…he is 254 points…would it kill them to make him have more HSS…KC Shazam started with 5 clicks of HSS, why not him

Attack:  Monstrous like it should be, but should probably be a bit higher

Defense:  No complaints here, hard to heal but oh well….late game you will be lucky to hit past that imperv

Damage:  High, should be higher, and battle fury really doesn’t hurt (4 range is negligible)

The Good:  Big attack

      Can do big damage

      If he is adjacent PoA can be devastating

      Can perplex himself for a bit

The Bad:   I hate quake…almost never use it, and you will probably never use it

    Attack should be higher

    MORE HSS

    That first click just puts him in harms way, you might wanna push past


Feats:   Protected, Fortitude, Shellhead all come to mind


Overall:    Well, we do have a bruiser of a piece here, just like black adam should be.  The problem is is that you won’t get the consistent 5’s and 4’s damage wise that you did with the old one.  This guy has a much better attack, but starts with charge.  That means unless you have TK, you are going to need to put him in harms way to have him be of any use.  Fortitude I would say is a must, because the last thing you need is to have your damage reducers taken away.  He is pretty much unusable in a 300 point game, but in higher games he gets the support he needs.  IF he had more HSS, he would be better.  He is hard to take down with those defense numbers, but I just do not feel comfortable fielding this boy. 

Constructed/Unrestricted:  2.5 / 5

Sealed/Draft:  3 / 5

 

Overall:  2.5 / 5

 

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