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Review – Threat Report: Doctor Shock

21 January, 2012

Doctor Shock, once a brilliant medical doctor, now an even more brilliant supervillain.  A steel age sort of character, willing to kill for his goals, which is to study how superpower work and as such he has a reputation as a cape killer.  Perhaps not a character that will fit in all campaigns, but an interesting one.

Threat Report: Doctor Shock is a 4-page PDF (2-pages if you remove the cover letter and OGL page) for the Mutants & Masterminds (3rd Edition) RPG written by Aaron Sullivan and published by Green Ronin Publishing.  This is issue 3 of Green Ronin’s Threat Report line for M&M (3rd).

After a prop cover letter from AEGIS, which may serve as a useful introduction to the villain, the layout is primary traditional two columns and the easily readable.  The only art is a full color illustration of the Doctor Shock himself.  Additional a HeroLab file for Doctor Shock is also included.

Doctor Shock is a well developed PL 11 character with a complete agenda: having temporally (he believes) cured the paranormal abilities that were killing him, he has snapped and become a hunter of superhumans.  Those he captures . . . tend not to survive the experience as the “good” Doctor studies, experiments on and, often, vivisects them.  It is a rather dark character and could leave a considerable body count before he is stopped, so he should be used with caution.  Three scenario seeds are provided for Doctor Shock, one of which holds out hope for his redemption

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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