Last month’s The Movement #2 saw the debut of one of our favorite Gen 13 kids, Rainmaker. It was just a cameo but this month’s #3 sees her in full action. While it has been discouraging that a lot of the Wildstorm presence has diminshed in the New 52, it’s good to see we’re getting some nuggets here and there. It’s also not surprising because writer Gail Simone did a stint on Gen 13. For those hungry for some Wildstorm stuff, be sure and pick up the latest issues of The Movement!
Well, if you’ve listened to Ep. 47 then you know that we’ve decided to take a hiatus from doing the podcast for the rest of the summer. DC has reduced its Wildstorm-centered titles down to only Stormwatch. We figured it wouldn’t be worth recording a monthly podcast about one book. Plus, we’ve been going at the podcast pretty strong since we returned in Fall 2011 with the debut of the New 52 so it’s a nice time for a break.
While we are disappointed that we’re once again back to morning the characters of the WSU, it’s times out right as both Ben and I have seen an increase in both our jobs and family-life. We intend to return in Sept. to discuss whatever event DC plans to do and also to discuss the first full arc of the rebooted Stormwatch at that time. Until then, we will continue with the written reviews for the Stormwatch title. We hope everyone has a great summer and be sure to subscribe to our iTunes feed so you’ll get a notification when we return.
Sorry that we’ve fallen behind in reporting these but I’ve been in the middle of moving to Austin. And Wiz Kids has been so generous we’re actually several figures behind so I’ll just focus on the latest release which was The Ravagers version of Warblade.
When Warblade first debuted in the New 52 as a villain we were a little skeptical. But in the pages of Ravagers he has really shown himself to do well in the role. In Heroclix, this version is more deadly than his WildC.A.T.s counterpart. This Warblade seems to have better control of his powers and they represent this by giving him an ability called Shifting Body which allows to him to use both Plasticity and Shape Change. And with the special You Won’t Get Away attack, even running towards hindering terrain won’t help you.
They also make sure that his ability to form knives and stabbing weapons is well-represented by giving him Blades/Claws/Fangs and Flurry. In fact, it seems he has something on each click of his dial that will aggravate you whether it be Toughness, Exploit Weakness, or even down to his last click where he gets the always-annoying Regeneration that will give you headaches. He is more than worth the 151 points you’d spend for him. You can find more about Warblade here.
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Over the past couple of days, we’ve gotten a look at two different Ravagers figures. We have one of N.O.W.H.E.R.E’s minions known as Leash. I have to say I was kind of hoping for Warblade but there’s still hope that he’ll come along. But the really big news is we get the Ravagers version of Fairchild. That means in this set we now have TWO versions of Fairchild to pick from!
At 96 points, Leash doesn’t have a lot abilities to showcase but the ones he does are more than enough to annoy your opponent. I’ll have to admit, Leash was not one of my favorite characters so it’s a little hard to get excited about this figure. I will say I appreciate that they’ve tried to cater his dial to his ability to create Psionic Coils, which appropriately is the name of one of his abilities. This allows him to use both Teleknesis and Poison to simulate him using his coils to rescue a teammate or poison an enemy. He also has a trait called Piece of Me. Much like Coils, it messes up your opponent by affected their health, in this case it gives them a -2. Check out more about Leash here.
Now one figure I am excited about is this new version of Fairchild as part of the Ravagers. I still prefer her Gen 13 version, but the Ravagers version does come with some differences that change her up a bit in gameplay. This figure is based on the fact that the New 52 version of Fairchild goes back and forth between her weak self and her strong self. This is accurately presented in her ability called Scientist or Fighter where she can choose Perplex to throw off her enemies with her intelligence or use Quake and Close Combat Expert to literally throw them around. They also took into account her double-agent status by giving her Probability Control in order to make her enemies second guess themselves. And if all that wasn’t enough, she has the Indomitable ability which keeps her from experiencing pushing damage. Check out more about Fairchild here.
That’s all for now. We still have several Ravagers to go and maybe even a few more N.O.W.H.E.R.E. agents so stay tuned!