It’s Monday, and that means that you’ve had to find the strength to shake off the after effects of a weekend well spent just to get back into shape for the weekday work-athon. It’s tough, sure, but it’s a fact of life – one that isn’t lost on super humans either. Yep, Mondays mean back to work for super heroes too, as they trade in their uniforms for something more business casual.
One would think that with a job description as simple as “just watch,” the extraterrestrial being named Uatu would have it easy. No co-workers, no customer service – heck, his oath of non-interference means that it’s his job to do nothing! But as longtime Marvel readers know, Uatu ditches his post all too often to warn Earth of impending doom. The Watcher might just be the worst employee in the Marvel Universe.
Uatu first bent the rules in FANTASTIC FOUR #20 when he alerted Marvel’s first family to the threat of the Molecule Man. The next threat, though, blew right past the zigzag faced villain on the Watcher’s Earth-is-doomed-ometer. With Galactus, the devourer of worlds, salivating at the thought of chowing down on his assigned planet, Uatu intervened and helped the FF with their world-saving effort.
The Watcher tried on a different really big hat when he acted as Reed Richards’ lawyer in an intergalactic courtroom. Charged with saving Galactus’ life and therefore causing billions of deaths, Mr. Fantastic needed all the help he could get. Fortunately for Reed, Uatu’s strong sense of justice and empathy made him a much better defense attorney than Watcher.
However, Uatu couldn’t do much to clear his own name when his hundreds of infractions caught up with him in FANTASTIC FOUR #400. His bosses stripped him of his duties after he took the life of a rogue Watcher trying to destroy Earth.
Some days at work are better than others. On some days, the Watcher gets to sit back and treat the Earth like a premium cable package. On other days, he gets to play the hero by intervening with dire matters. And then there are days like the one depicted in HULK #4 – days where the Watcher gets straight up punched in the face by a Hulk. Come to think of it, customer service doesn’t sound so bad after all.
Check out the Watcher’s exit interview in ORIGINAL SIN #0, on sale this Wednesday!