Todd Nauck's Wilguard returns in December with "Wildguard: Fire Power"

Wed, September 22nd, 2004 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jim Beard, Contributing Writer

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA -- 21 September, 2004 -- The world's only "made for TV

super-team" makes its much-requested return this December in Todd Nauck's


And, in a bit of real life imitating art, creator Nauck himself will be

appearing on television in late November, on the PAX game show "On the


In WILDGUARD: CASTING CALL, readers had the opportunity to choose a member

of the team from a large pool of heroes. They chose Freezerburn, who joined

the four other "winners" from the book: Red Rover, Ignacia, Snapback and

Lily Hammer. WILDGUARD: FIRE POWER follows the five survivors as they

attempt to prove their worth as heroes, under the leadership of

producer/superhero/superstar Four.

As you might expect, things don't go as smoothly as planned.

"One of the four pre-selected characters, Ignacia, is a hero with flame

based powers," explains Nauck. "The readers voted in Freezerburn who has ice

AND fire powers. So now we have TWO fire powered heroes on a FIVE member

team. Some say this makes the team unique. Some say it makes one of the

characters redundant. The scrutiny may prove too much for one character."

WILDGUARD: FIRE POWER also features a back-up story starring the hero who

finished sixth in the original reader voting. In "Where Are They Now?,"

Nauck and artists Sean Galloway and Tim Kane follow Little Miss Sunshine

back to her Florida hometown as she investigates the disappearances of local

college students.

As for the creator's own television debut, the Todd Nauck episode of "On the

Cover," a pop culture game show broadcast weekdays on the PAX network, will

air Wednesday, November 24. Naturally, Nauck worked in a plug for WILDGUARD

while on the show.

"I love pop culture and watching game shows," says Nauck "So getting to

participate on a new show all about celebrities was right up my alley. And

when the host asked about my work in comics, I took this opportunity to pimp

WILDGUARD. So tune in on November 24th and catch the fun! Check your local

listings for time and channel..."

Image Executive Director Eric Stephenson thinks WILDGUARD is a good example

of the new breed of superhero comic that Image is working to bring to


"I've had the pleasure to watch Todd Nauck develop from his early first

steps on THE NEW MEN to the polished professional he's become," says

Stephenson. "And WILDGUARD is Todd's chance to really display everything

he's learned over the years as a writer and artist. As with books like

INVINCIBLE, ULTRA and NOBLE CAUSES, Todd's book is a totally fresh approach

to the superhero genre, and its success has proven once again that readers

are ready for something that really stands out from the crowd."

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