The Religious Affiliation of

Religion: Watcher religion (heterodox/fundamentalist) CBR Scale: M

Name: Otmu

Classification: villain villain  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Quasar #15 (Oct. 1990): "Death Watch"

Creators: Mark Gruenwald, Mike Manley, Dan Panosian

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 1

Enemy of: Quasar, The Stranger

Planet: Watcherworld

Race: The Watchers

Gender: male

Note: rogue Watcher

Otmu was considered a "rogue Watcher," but it seems he really wasn't an "apostate" to the Watchers' religious/ethical creed as much as he was a heterodox fundamentalist. The Watcher's observe intelligent beings throughout the universe, but a key tenant of their belief system is that they are never to interfere. Yet, as has been demonstrated repeatedly with Earth's own Watcher, Uatu, Watcher's sometimes do interfere directly. Furthermore, it can be argued that even with the purest of intentions to not interfere, the very act of observation itself inevetibly has an impact on that which is observed. Aware of these apparent contradictions between the code of the Watchers and the reality of what they do, Otmu proposed to the other Watchers that they die to prevent interfering with the universe. This proposal itself represented heterodoxy within the usually very unified and monolithic Watcher ethos. Otmu's proposal inexorably brought him into conflict with the other Watchers. He ended up battling Quasar and the Stranger as well (read the story to find out why). After thhe battle, Otmu willed himself to die.

Otmu gave up his life in order to fully live his ideals, as he understood them. One might conclude that Otmu was more purely dedicated to the Watcher's non-interference doctrine than any of his brethren. Does this mean he was a better Watcher? Perhaps not. In dedicating himself so completely to one doctrine of the Watcher belief system, Otmu ignored all other doctrines. If the Watcher's were all dead, how could they observe the universe and record their observations? It may seem irrational to Otmu, but this is, after all, their primary purpose.

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Quasar #15 (Oct. 1990): "Death Watch"

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