Heroclix Wish List: Victoria Hand

Who is this character:

Victoria Hand was a S.H.I.E.L.D. accountant who became Norman Osborn’s right hand when he became the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. after the Skrull invasion. While not an official member of the Dark Avengers, she remained part of the supporting cast of the title, even joining Osborn’s team in their field missions, providing support as the deputy director of the organization rechristened as H.A.M.M.E.R.. Despite her support for Osborn, she was given a second chance and is now Steve Rogers’ liaison to Luke Cage’s New Avengers unit.

Victoria Hand in the New Avengers

Kick-ass moment:

Going against Bruce Banner in The List: Hulk.

Victoria Hand, right after her plane gets blown to pieces by Bruce Banner

Why this character should be “clixed”:

Victoria Hand would be a great addition both H.A.M.M.E.R. teams and the Dark Avengers, as well as the New Avengers (at least in their current lineup). H.A.M.M.E.R. teams can use another character other than Norman Osborn/Iron Patriot to lead the generic H.A.M.M.E.R. agents and operatives into battle. She can also round out Dark Avengers teams very well. Finally, I think she’s HOT – we can never have too much of hot comic book women in the game.

What I want to see in this character’s clix incarnation:

I’m not good with dial design, particularly because I’m  quite unfamiliar with the points formula, so I’ll just describe how I want a Victoria Hand clix figure to be.

I’d like to see a Victoria Hand that costs 50 or less for two reasons: (1) all of the Dark Avengers released (no duplicates) add up to 550 points, so a 50 point Victoria Hand rounds out the team at 600 points; (2) costing 50 points qualifies her to be Mastermind fodder for Norman Osborn. Because of her affiliations, I’d like to see her with the H.A.M.M.E.R., Dark Avengers, and Soldier keywords, along with the S.H.I.E.L.D. team ability.

In terms of powers, she’s a soldier who uses modern weaponry in battle. Ranged Combat Expert with a range of 6-8 can represent her fondness for guns (she uses guns in her fights). Some Energy Explosion can help avoid a bland dial, and it’s not hard to imagine Ms. Hand use hand grenades . A click of Leadership is useless in a Dark Avengers team but makes sense in a H.A.M.M.E.R. team, especially since she’s been shown to have authority over both H.A.M.M.E.R. agents and even the Dark Avengers.  Perplex, a support power that both themes need, is desired but I think it’s wishful thinking as I haven’t seen anything in the comic book issues that she’s appeared in to deserve the power. As for her combat values, I don’t see her deserving Attack values higher than 9. She should also have low Defense values, nothing going higher than 16. Maybe add some Willpower and Stealth somewhere in her dial.

That’s it basically. I want a low cost figure with the H.A.M.M.E.R. and Dark Avengers keywords, someone who can be a secondary or tertiary ranged attacker who can bring in some support powers like Leadership and Perplex.


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