EDIT (2015-07-31): With the recent “reveal” that a version of “Yellow Claw” will be in the Marvel HeroClix NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. set, I’m hereby changing the name of this thread, adding a picture at the bottom, as well as some additional comments defending the inclusion of Golden Claw in the game, as relates to the genre.
Ah, the “Yellow Claw”. I recommend you read the Wikipedia entry on this Marvel Comics character. Based on what I think of as the “Fu Manchu Archetype”: Organizational genius, behind-the-scenes head of an international criminal empire; scientist, alchemist, and mystic, incredible martial artist with an extended lifespan. Everything he is and has is bent to the purpose of “Conquering the World”(TM). Sax Rohmer’s character of Fu Manchu has inspired a lot of “world-conquering characters”, methinks, especially the ones that mix science and magic. Marvel’s Doctor Doom and The Mandarin, and DC Comics’ Ra’s al Ghul are just a few, probably the most prominent.
“Yellow Claw” gets derided and dismissed as ‘Fu Manchu knock-off”. Sure, I guess so. But I like him. Especially after Marvel’s Jeff Parker and Leonard Kirk did such a great job with him in the “Agents of Atlas” mini-series. Yes, the “permanently killed him off” in that series, but they also made quite a few “retroactive continuity tweaks” to the character, that he “fits” better into the Marvel narrative universe now. A small example is when he scoffs at being called “Yellow Claw”: “Do not engage in the slurs of The West.” He is (was) Plan Chu, the “Golden Claw”.
Anyway. Yes he’s *just* another world-conquering criminal genius. But, he built up quite the “secret empire” of legal and illegal businesses to provide the cash to fund all those secret lairs and labs, all those submachine gun and death ray toting troops, all those robots and giant spiders. (Personally, I think Fu Manchu and the Yellow Claw here inspired the way writer Mark Gruenwald wrote the Red Skull in Captain America back in the 1980’s/early 1990’s (Red Skull’s front operations with a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., his secret funding of various groups that had conflicting goals, pitting them at odds, causing conflict), but I digress.)
And WizKids Game Design has gotten better and better at designing his type of character.
Hope to see him. Marvel: Let WizKids do this. Sometimes it seems like you hamstring your own licensing deals, dulling us to your products through repeated releases of the same characters, the most popular attention-getters. Failure to allow WizKids Game Design to really plumb the depths of the comics’ history and character selection will kill HeroClix. (IMHO.)
I like that look. [edit: the “rob and cap” look.]
Would like to keep in mind that that pic actually shows one of his “robot duplicates”, too. Golden Claw of the global “Atlas Foundation” had it all — robots, giant spiders and other mutated monstrosities, ninjas, minions, minions, and more minions.
Plus: He mentored Deadly nightshade at one point.
So, this “inagural” version of Golden Claw is good, showcases many of his personal powers.
Doesn’t show his “leadership” skills. The “Atlas Foundation” had many criminal and legal fronts, spanning the globe.
I know people want to pan the “Fu Manchu” supervillain archetype due to its “origins” in “Yellow Peril/Oriental” xenophobia, but several non-Asian “supervillain” character traits served as templates for many supervillains.
Chief among those traits are (1) genius-level intellect, particularly organizational skills, which results in (2) a global network of criminal assets/resources.
And superpowers, mystical abilities, technology, of “culture” are just “layers” for forming some sort of individual identity for the character.
Modern interpretations of Lex Luthor, Ra’s al Ghul, Red Skull, Arnim Zola, Kingpin, even Doctor Octopus or the Leader or the “Mad” thinker — to me — all have the “Fu Manchu archetype” at their core. Huge part of teir “power” is the resources they control/have access to, how they can rebound after a defeat, while other supervillains either get caught and rot in jail, or killed.
(Annihilus and Ultron are different. They are more like “Conquerors”.)
You know what I mean?