22
Apr
08

“Bushy 16-year-old tail for the win!!!”

First off, for those of a politically correct nature (and located somewhere where the age of consent is more than 16) the 16-year old comment is about how long Squirrel Girl’s been in the comics business for (1992-2008), so don’t get on any high horses. 😉

Now, on to business! The next wave (no, not that Nextwave) of Marvel Universe previews is up, and it was worth waiting until 2am to get them:

Iron Man realised he sould put boosters somewhere more...useful next time

Iron Man realised next time he should put boosters somewhere more…useful next time.

The first one, Stark Armory, obviously works well in synergy with Iron Man, and will form part of his Legend tretament. However, rumblings are already afoot for the fact it looks like it can easily slot into a Doom Patrol/Horsemen of Apocalypse deck, and help 5-drop Apocalypse from reaching his much-wanted twenty +1/+1 counters. There’s also, yet again, the possiblity of using Mystique, Shapely Shifter to adopt the Iron Man name, and take advantage of some hitherto unavailable +1/+1 counters. With Stark Armory being playable from Turn 3, that’s two counters that can go on Mystique for the combat phase of Turn 4, which is nothing to be sniffed at, as she’ll be 10ATK/8DEF, comparable to a 5-drop. Plus, on Turn 5, she’ll get a third counter, giving her yet again, just a slight edge, which sometimes can make all the difference.

“This is my moody chair. Do not disturb me whilst I am using the moody chair.”

Nick Fury’s up next, and though he had a card in Marvel Legends, this one panders more to the Nick Fury character himself, being concealed to emulate his behind-the-scenes activities, and his ability to place troops into the battlefield without question. Already, the prospect of a Golden-Age team up with Multiple Man and Sentinel Mark IV is looking very appealing, as well as a team-up with the modern X-Men for some instant Fastball Special goodness.

She was never this scary in the comics. Well, unless you were Dr. Doom or Thanos.

This is one card that I know some people were fervantly wishing for in this set, and they weren’t disappointed. This preview, and the one following came from Rian Fike’s awesome Full. Body. Transplant. and I know he’s been waiting for this card for a long time. Squirrel Girl continues what appears to be the S.H.I.E.L.D theme of amassing the board with Army characters, and if this vein continues with such great cards for doing so, some games are going to need wider tables. A shame there wasn’t any humorous flavour-text, but I’m not going to complain, especially if this card means the rest of the Great Lakes Initiative get to appear.

“Quick! Fire ineffectually!”

Finally, what looks to be the base-unit for the S.H.I.E.L.D Army tactic comes with a nasty little twist, namely in the form of endurance burn. Whilst 2 endurance may not seem like much, it can make a difference during the game as a whole, and if S.H.I.E.L.D can reach the late-game, then I can’t imagine a better victory than dropping 7 or 8 of these cards for 14/16 endurance burn, which by that stage is normally enough to push your opponent into minus figures. After they’re in play, there’ll be so many of the little buggers in play, you can simply reinforce against the opponent’s attacks, and win yourself the game.

Having seen these tasty cards, I’ve finally decided what team I’ll be concentrating on when Marvel Universe arrives, and it’s definitely S.H.I.E.LD, possibly teamed up with Nextwave. (Yes, that Nextwave this time.) That is, unless Messiah CompleX/House of M characters make an appearance here too.

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2 Responses to ““Bushy 16-year-old tail for the win!!!””


  1. April 22, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Awesome sauce, to the power of (X)!

    Thanks for the props and the thoughts. Solid stuff, the set looks amazing.

  2. 2 Grazingcattle
    April 24, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    I love the review! good times. you have me all psyched for MUN!!!


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