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Wildguard is a collection of comic book mini-series written and drawn by fan favorite penciler Todd Nauck, about a Made-for-TV superhero team assembled in an American Idol style auditions through auidence voting at wildguard.comThe first mini-series received critical acclaim and coverage from many comic book writers, review sites and TV Guide.The following titles have been released: Wildguard: Casting Call, Wildguard: Firepower, Wildguard: Fool's Gold and Wildguard: Insider.
Delicious Fruit Pies An ad in the trade paperback shows Four-Teen stopping Speeding Skull with Hostris Fruit Pies.
Dumb Muscle - The Lifter ("If I don't lift,I die, man.") and Mover, who tried to develop another super-identity without realizing that his size gave him away immediately, among others. The Romancer and American Icon are borderline.
Human Shield, arguably; while he doesn't show elements of this in the series, his contest bio notes that he only recently overcame his struggle with illiteracy.
Drop the Hammer (Lilly Hammer's indestructible hammer. She's had it since she was a little girl.)
Environment-Specific Action Figure: Wannabe already has multiple costumes for different situations for maximum marketability. Like, how many action figures could you really inspire with just one look?
Mars Needs Women: Mortoc Vekk masquerades as Jun-Go to choose a mate among the heroes attending the auditions. He chooses Ignacia. Exploding Girl later laments that Octorilla went after her immediately, noting that monsters always seem to go for the women first. Astro Girl tells her that this is true of many space creatures as well.
Merchandise-Driven Wannabe and Road Rage come to auditions with their toys and costume variants
No Celebrities Were Harmed Four is modeled after Jennifer Garner among others. The Romancer is pretty obviously based on Fabio. Dorsal Head resembles Vin Diesel.
Not Quite Dead - Crag Langley was crushed into dust, but they said he might not be quite dead and the process might be reversible.
Not Wearing Tights Ignacia, Travel Agent, and, particularly, Crag Langley, who "looks really stupid wearing a shirt."
Outdated Outfit Mister Transmuto still thinks the Badass Longcoat over spandex look from the 1990s is cool; when recruited by the Phenomeneers and given a uniform he specifically mourns the loss of his old look.
Superhero Speciation Subverted. The final team has two members with fire powers and no one who can fly or has particularly super strength.
In a more general sense, there were at least two heroes representing every power set in the tryouts; Running Girl, Flatfoot, and Scattermane were all speedsters, for instance; Super Temp and Strong-Bot were both Flying Bricks, Longfellow and Snapback were both Rubber Men; Toughlon, the Lifter, the Mover, Crag Langley, Barbrazon, the Romancer, and American Icon (to name but a few) are all just really strong...
Useless Superpowers Adhesor has sticky skin. It doesn't take long to backfire. Toughlon is super strong and durable, but he's also completely non-stick (like, you know, teflon). Little Miss Sunshine can emit beams of light that, while very bright, are only harmful to vampires.
What Kind of Lame Power is Heart Anyway? - Dorsal Head specifically refers to this when discussing why he wasn't ultimately chosen for the team; He feels that as an aquatic hero, it's easy to be pegged as "only useful in a 'water' situation."
Yandere - Wannabe, all the way. She's obsessed with becoming a famous heroine and won't let anything get in the way of it.
Lilly Hammer's getting to be this way a little too, with her intense jealousy of Ignacia's popularity.