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Though not as well-known as Richard Comely's earlier Canadian superhero series ''ComicBook/CaptainCanuck'' or Marvel's contemporaneous Canadian superhero team ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'', Northguard achieved a certain degree of pop culture notoriety when Fleur-de-Lys, a supporting character, appeared on a Canadian postage stamp in 1995.

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Though not as well-known as Richard Comely's earlier Canadian superhero series ''ComicBook/CaptainCanuck'' ''Captain Canuck'' or Marvel's contemporaneous Canadian superhero team ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'', Northguard achieved a certain degree of pop culture notoriety when Fleur-de-Lys, a supporting character, appeared on a Canadian postage stamp in 1995.


Northguard was a fictional superhero comic published in the mid-1980's and early 90's by the independent publishers Matrix Comics and Caliber Comics, noteworthy for being one of the few [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] superhero comics of the late 20th century. Created by comic book writer Creator/Mark Shainblum and illustrator Creator/Gabriel Morrissette, the character first appeared in NewTriumph featuring Northguard #1 (September 1984). Four more issues were published by Matrix from 1984-86, and then the series went on hiatus until 1989, when the story arc started in issue #1 was finally concluded in the mini-series Northguard: The[=ManDes=] Conclusion published by Caliber Comics.

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Northguard was a fictional superhero comic published in the mid-1980's and early 90's by the independent publishers Matrix Comics and Caliber Comics, noteworthy for being one of the few [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] superhero comics of the late 20th century. Created by comic book writer Creator/Mark Shainblum and illustrator Creator/Gabriel Morrissette, the character first appeared in NewTriumph [=NewTriumph=] featuring Northguard #1 (September 1984). Four more issues were published by Matrix from 1984-86, and then the series went on hiatus until 1989, when the story arc started in issue #1 was finally concluded in the mini-series Northguard: The[=ManDes=] The [=ManDes=] Conclusion published by Caliber Comics.



* AmbiguouslyJewish: Averted. Not only is Phillip Wise unambiguously Jewish, but he's also the adult child of Holocaust survivors. This provides a major element of the series' subtext, as Northguard identifies ManDes and their white-supremacist agenda with the Nazis who murdered his grandparents. Not entirely correctly, to be sure, since ManDes are also Christian Identity theocrats.

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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Averted. Not only is Phillip Wise unambiguously Jewish, but he's also the adult child of Holocaust survivors. This provides a major element of the series' subtext, as Northguard identifies ManDes [=ManDes=] and their white-supremacist agenda with the Nazis who murdered his grandparents. Not entirely correctly, to be sure, since ManDes [=ManDes=] are also Christian Identity theocrats.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Reverend Tyler, the leader of ManDes and its front, the Ultra Corporation.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Reverend Tyler, the leader of ManDes [=ManDes=] and its front, the Ultra Corporation.


Published several years before ''ComicBook/DarkKnight'' and ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Northguard was arguably the first North American superhero series to be influenced by Alan Moore's DarkerAndEdgier approach to the genre, although it also owed a lot to the spy and thriller genres.

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Published several years before ''ComicBook/DarkKnight'' ''Dark Knight'' and ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Northguard was arguably the first North American superhero series to be influenced by Alan Moore's DarkerAndEdgier approach to the genre, although it also owed a lot to the spy and thriller genres.



* Northguard (Phillip Wise), a Montreal student and comic book fan in his early 20's who becomes an AscendedFanboy when he is chosen to wield a superweapon called the [=UniBand=]. Against the wishes of his patrons, who think he's crazy, he has a [[CaptainPatriotic nationalistic maple leaf costume]] designed and uses the UniBand to become a superhero in a world largely without superheroes.

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* Northguard (Phillip Wise), a Montreal student and comic book fan in his early 20's who becomes an AscendedFanboy when he is chosen to wield a superweapon called the [=UniBand=]. Against the wishes of his patrons, who think he's crazy, he has a [[CaptainPatriotic nationalistic maple leaf costume]] designed and uses the UniBand [=UniBand=] to become a superhero in a world largely without superheroes.


->"My name is Phillip Wise. I'm a superhero, or so I like to think.
-> In reality, there's no such thing as a 'superhero.'
-> There are only suicidal idiots in costume playing 'let's pretend.'"
-->-- '''Northguard: The [=ManDes=] Conclusion #1, 1989'''

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->"My ->''"My name is Phillip Wise. I'm a superhero, or so I like to think.
->
think.\\
In reality, there's no such thing as a 'superhero.'
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'\\
There are only suicidal idiots in costume playing 'let's pretend.'"
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-->-- '''Northguard: ''Northguard: The [=ManDes=] Conclusion #1, 1989'''
1989''


Northguard was a fictional superhero comic published in the mid-1980's and early 90's by the independent publishers Matrix Comics and Caliber Comics, noteworthy for being one of the few [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] superhero comics of the late 20th century. Created by comic book writer Creator/Mark Shainblum and illustrator Creator/Gabriel Morrissette, the character first appeared in ''ComicBook/NewTriumphFeaturingNorthguard'' #1 (September 1984). Four more issues were published by Matrix from 1984-86, and then the series went on hiatus until 1989, when the story arc started in issue #1 was finally concluded in the mini-series ''ComicBook/NorthguardTheManDesConclusion'' published by Caliber Comics.

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Northguard was a fictional superhero comic published in the mid-1980's and early 90's by the independent publishers Matrix Comics and Caliber Comics, noteworthy for being one of the few [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] superhero comics of the late 20th century. Created by comic book writer Creator/Mark Shainblum and illustrator Creator/Gabriel Morrissette, the character first appeared in ''ComicBook/NewTriumphFeaturingNorthguard'' NewTriumph featuring Northguard #1 (September 1984). Four more issues were published by Matrix from 1984-86, and then the series went on hiatus until 1989, when the story arc started in issue #1 was finally concluded in the mini-series ''ComicBook/NorthguardTheManDesConclusion'' Northguard: The[=ManDes=] Conclusion published by Caliber Comics.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Reverend Tyler, the leader of ManDes.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Reverend Tyler, the leader of ManDes.ManDes and its front, the Ultra Corporation.


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* HonestCorporateExecutive: Ron Cape, the head of PACT.
* PeaceAndLoveIncorporated: Averted. PACT really IS all about peace, love and putting profits second.


Northguard was a fictional superhero comic published in the mid-1980's and early 90's by the independent publishers Matrix Comics and Caliber Comics, noteworthy for being one of the few [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] superhero comics of the late 20th century. Created by comic book writer Creator/Mark Shainblum and illustrator Creator/Gabriel Morrissette, the character first appeared in ''ComicBook/NewTriumphFeaturingNorthguard'' #1 (September 1984). Four more issues were published by Matrix from 1984-86, and then the series went on hiatus until 1989, when the story arc started in issue #1 was finally concluded in the mini-series ''ComicBook/NorthguardTheManDes Conclusion'' published by Caliber Comics.

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Northguard was a fictional superhero comic published in the mid-1980's and early 90's by the independent publishers Matrix Comics and Caliber Comics, noteworthy for being one of the few [[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} Canadian]] superhero comics of the late 20th century. Created by comic book writer Creator/Mark Shainblum and illustrator Creator/Gabriel Morrissette, the character first appeared in ''ComicBook/NewTriumphFeaturingNorthguard'' #1 (September 1984). Four more issues were published by Matrix from 1984-86, and then the series went on hiatus until 1989, when the story arc started in issue #1 was finally concluded in the mini-series ''ComicBook/NorthguardTheManDes Conclusion'' ''ComicBook/NorthguardTheManDesConclusion'' published by Caliber Comics.



* Fleur-e-Lys (Manon Deschamps), a Tae Kwon Do champion who befriends Phillip and eventually takes on a Quebec flag-based superhero persona on her own, initially just as a gag to counterpoint the silliness of Phillip's Northguard identity. But eventually she is armed with a fleur-de-lys shaped taser weapon, and the gag takes on a life of its own.

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* Fleur-e-Lys Fleur-de-Lys (Manon Deschamps), a Tae Kwon Do champion who befriends Phillip and eventually takes on a Quebec flag-based superhero persona on her own, initially just as a gag to counterpoint the silliness of Phillip's Northguard identity. But eventually she is armed with a fleur-de-lys shaped taser weapon, and the gag takes on a life of its own.


* TheAce: Steel Chameleon.

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* TheAce: Steel Chameleon. Chameleon.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Averted. Not only is Phillip Wise unambiguously Jewish, but he's also the adult child of Holocaust survivors. This provides a major element of the series' subtext, as Northguard identifies ManDes and their white-supremacist agenda with the Nazis who murdered his grandparents. Not entirely correctly, to be sure, since ManDes are also Christian Identity theocrats.


->''"My name is Phillip Wise. I'm a superhero, or so I like to think.

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-> There are only suicidal idiots in costume playing 'let's pretend.'"''

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In reality, there's no such thing as a 'superhero.'
There are only suicidal idiots in costume playing 'let's pretend.'"''

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In reality, there's no such thing as a 'superhero.' '
There are only suicidal idiots in costume playing 'let's pretend.'"''


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