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  • Friction is found on the card "Scum and Villainy" in the Rook City Environment Deck
  • “Supersonic Streak” features Friction running through an abstract environment with checkered soil, bright green grass, and towering loops. Fans of the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series will recognize this location as the GreenHill Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Unity’s golems stand in for the “badnik” enemies which populated that zone.
  • The card “Unchecked Acceleration” features Writhe being struck through by a speedster yet again, Friction this time. This happened to him before at the hands of Tachyon on the card “Supersonic Response.”

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  • As an evil super-speedster with an inverted color scheme to a heroic super-speedster (Tachyon), Friction is evocative of Eobard Thawn, the Reverse Flash, the arch-nemesis of the Flash. In addition to these similarities, both Friction and the Reverse Flash idolized their nemesis before seeking their destruction.
  • The artwork for Friction’s Incapacitated side is a reference to the Flash comics. More than one DC Comics speedster, the Flash included, has been disintegrated from abusing the power of the Speed Force, the mysterious energy field which gives all super-fast heroes and villains their powers. The best known example was in Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, in which the silver-age flash, Barry Allen, pushed his powers to the limits to stop the evil Anti-Monitor, and was subsequently withered to dust.
  • The art on “Unhealthy Speed” is an homage to the first issue of the “Flash: Rebirth” miniseries by Geoff Johns.
  • Friction is phasing her hand through Setback’s chest on the card “Blinding Surge.” Numerous DC speedsters are able to do this as well, including the Flash.
  • As a villain made of liquid metal, Argentium seems to be an homage to the T-1000 from the James Cameron movie “Terminator 2.” The fact that he is pictured in a steel mill, the same setting as the film’s climax, furthers the comparison.
  • Revenant is named after a monster European folklore. The creatures in the original tales were corpses that rose from their graves in search of vengeance on those that wronged them in life. The creatures were often impossible to kill outside of strange/magical means. Aside from his flavor text, not much about the robotic Setback nemesis bears a resemblance to his namesake.
  • As a large, burly villain who dresses like a large, burly animal, the Hippo is a clear homage to the Rhino, a Spider-Man villain.
  • Highbrow bears a strong resemblance to both members of the Brain Trust, a villainous psychic duo who first appeared in the second issue of DC’s “Kingdom Come” miniseries.

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