Darkling (2nd edition) is a new super-villain to use in a Mutant & Masterminds campaign. The Darkling is a being of immense power from an alternate version of Earth. The ?Shadow Hell? is a bleak radiation twisted place of darkness and evil. Once just one of the petty aristocrat/tyrants of the Shadow Hell, the man who became the Darkling consumed a powerful dark artefact and became a being of living shadow who feeds on fear and terror.
Normally, such things happening on an alternate dimension would not matter to the people of Earth, but the Darkling can visit our dimension and he does so for two reasons: 1) to kidnap children, as feeding on the fear of innocents increases his power. And 2) to steal magical artefacts to increase his power in the Shadow Hell. Both goals are ones that super-heroes should wish to stop. No moral grey areas with the Darkling as he is rather the ultimate boogie man.
The Darkling himself is presented at three power levels (20, 18 and 15) so he can be used in various campaigns with minimal rewriting, in all cases, he should be a dangerous foe as he is difficult to damage and has a wide range of shadow and darkness-based abilities. Seven of the Darkling?s available minion types are presented ranging from the Hellions (the average person from Shadow Hell at PL 2) to his sorcerous agents, the Bleak Cabal (PL8), and his personal servants and bodyguards, the Shade Fiends (at PL 15). The Darkling?s base in Shadow Hell, the Fortress of Night Hold, is described, but not mapped, as is the basics of the world itself.
This is a very traditional super heroic trope, the evil villain who is the ruler of a ?dark place? but needs something that only Earth can provide. It is solidly put together and it should be a good challenge if you are looking for this sort of foe for your campaign.<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: With the various PLs of the villain and the minion types, many sorts of adventures can be constructed.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Not impressed by the art. Would have liked to have seen a little about the other player in 'Shadow Hell'.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>