||Le Games gives B-team villains their due in When Villians Attack?, the company's first foray into the Mutants and Mastermind setting.
When Villains Attack is a 29-page book detailing seven villains not good enough to be on the top tier of villainy, but more or less likely to appear as minor nuisances to the typical group. Despite their low ranking on the totem poll, Le Games manages to make each character somewhat attractive (and cheesy) enough as villains to maintain a weak B villain spot in your campaign.
For the Gamemaster:
Why is that a gamemaster can spend several days or weeks crafting the most treacherous villain, and then spend a few minutes to a hour throwing together henchmen and minions. When Villians Attack is for us???err??? I mean you. Each of the villains is flavorful enough to be easily introduced and role played in a light hearted campaign, though none of them can be used for anything more than comic relief between major encounters. Each villain also includes a comprehensive origin, tactics and information on how to use them. Though the book says that all the characters can be tailored to fit into any type of superhero campaign with little effort, I fail to see how in the world I can get Gunbunny into my New Gotham Campaign. Luckily, all of them are not on the heavier side of corny. The Cleveland Steamer and The Sloth are pretty interesting villains. The Cleveland Steamer can use his steam transformation abilities to wreck havoc inside of a heroes base of operations. The Sloth can be used as a traditional animal/human hybrid minion.
The Iron Word
When Villians Attack is a humorous take at old Silver Age C tier villains. Though small at only 7 villians, it is an adequate buy for a campaign set in a world pre-Crisis setting. You might even be able to fit some of these into a more modern setting, if you can bleach the characters of the corny names.
LIKED: The concept is great and the flavor is typical early 4-color shenanigans.
DISLIKED: The names are a bit too cheesy for my tastes. There also should be a couple more villians for the price
[THIS REVIEW WAS EDITED]
[3 of 5 Stars!]