The Workforce (Earth-247)

+ Presidential Oversight Watch

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Workforce: Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 #64 (January 1995)
Presidential Oversight Watch: Legion Worlds #6 (November 2001)

History

The Workforce on Planet Hell: Karate Kid, Spider Girl,
Live Wire, Ultra Boy, Evolvo, Inferno. From Legion v.4 #65 (1995). Art by Lee Moder.

When his rival, R.J. Brande formed the Legion of Super-Heroes, Leland McCauley formed his own group of lackeys to protect his own interests — the Workforce. Like the Amazers, the Workforce has lost its share of members to the Legion itself. This began in reverse, when Live Wire was ousted from the Legion and joined the Workforce. (Legion v.4 #64) Soon thereafter, the Workforce trailed a band of arms thieves, which led them to Planet Hell and the Legion's struggle to save the prison asteroid. (#65, Legionnaires #21-22) A growing romance between Ultra Boy and Apparition was tested when she accompanied the Workforce on a mission (which ended in Live Wire's resignation). (Legionnaires #26) When Apparition was believed dead, Ultra Boy left too. (Legion v.4 #76)

Inferno's tenure ended abruptly when the Workforce and Legion fought the evil Dr. Regulus on Gallan. Leviathan's death resulted in Shrinking Violet's violent manifestation of the Emerald Eye. In the furor, Inferno was teleported to Earth, and further, was thrust into the 20th Century alongside half of the Legion. (Legionnaires #39) With their numbers reduced, the Legion held a massive applicant screening. McCauley struck gold in the Legion's rejected applicants; he offered positions to Blast-Off, Particon, Radion and Splitter (though he apparently did not stay with them). (#43)

The two teams clashed often, and joined forces to overthrow Mordru. During this fight, Blast-Off was killed, and Radion's face was injured. When R.J. Brande saw how callously McCauley regarded the Workforce's losses, he bought out Radion and Particon's contracts, thus freeing them from Workforce service. (Legionnaires #49-51) Evolvo's super-brain helped draw McCauley into alliance with the new Affiliated Planets (and the Dark Circle). Evolvo was able to harness the energies of a space-time anomaly, and use them for teleportation. McCauley then sold this technology to the A.P. Karate Kid quit over this, for ideological reasons, and sought asylum with the Legion. McCauley also became partners with the Khund female, Amilia Crugg at this time. (Legion #103-104) At the end of the Dark Circle conflict, the space anomaly was shut down, but McCauley was apparently able to invent a way to duplicate its teleportational potential.

     
Blast-Off • Particon • Radion • Lori Morning

After the Dark Circle battle the Legion's young ally, Lori Morning, grew angry with her friends. She stole back her H Dial and accepted the offer to join the Workforce. (Legionnaires #69) She grew close to Amilia (#77), but the team was severely crippled when the Blight invaded the galaxy. (#79) After this disaster, McCauley terminated Spider Girl and Evolvo's (Legion #124) employment and reformed the team with Repulse, Amber, Dune, Lori and Amilia. (#81)

After McCauley was murdered and replaced by Ra's al Ghul, the Workforce became known as the Presidential Oversight Watch. (The Legion #3) Gone were Amber and Dune; this team added the unwitting M'onel along with Repulse, the villainous Mr. Venge, Brainstorm, Twine and Abyss. (Legion Worlds #3) The Legionnaires discovered McCauley and Amilia's corpses and helped to uncovered Ra's (#2); Mr. Venge disappeared while the remaining Oversight Watch members surrendered. (#8) Venge was ultimately revealed as Computo itself; in his evolution, he was enlightened and left Earth in peace. (#14)

Name (Aliases)

Affiliation

Status

--. Leland McCauley, financier Legion v.4 #64 Deceased, revealed The Legion #2
1. Spider Girl (Sussa Paka of Earth) Active in adventuring
1. Karate Kid (Val Armorr of Earth) Stranded on Steeple
1. Ultra Boy (Jo Nah of Rimbor) Active in the Legion
1. Inferno (Sandy Anderson of Earth) Active in the 20th Century
1. Evolvo (of Lallor) Active in adventuring
6. Live Wire (Garth Ranzz) Deceased Legion: Lost #12
7. Blast-Off (Jahr-Drake Ningle; now Drake Burroughs/Erg-1/Wildfire) Legionnaires #43 Active as the Legionnaire, Wildfire
7. Particon Active in adventuring
7. Radion Active in adventuring
10. Amilia Crugg (of Khundia) Legion v.4 #104 Deceased, revealed The Legion #2
11. Lori Morning (of 20th Century Earth) Legionnaires #69 Active in adventuring
12. Amber (of Dendron) Legionnaires #81 Active in adventuring
12. Dune (of Mica) Active in adventuring
12. Meta (of Daxam) Active in adventuring
12. Repulse (of Braal) Active in villainy
PRESIDENTIAL OVERSIGHT WATCH
16. Abyss Legion Worlds #3 Active in villainy
16. Brainstorm Active in villainy
16. Mr. Venge (Computo of Robotica) Active in adventuring
16. M'onel (Lar Gand) Active in the Legion
16. Twine (of Rimbor) Active in villainy

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:

Workforce:

  • Legion v.4 #64-65, 72, 103-108, 124
  • Legionnaires #21-22, 26, 39, 43, 49-51, 62-65, 69, 77, 79, 81

Oversight Watch:

  • Legion Worlds #6
  • The Legion #1-3, 6, 8
 

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