Membership: (from left to right): Ocelot, Ocean (up steps), Obituary (Milton Petersen), Ooze, Orbit (in air), Overkill;
Purpose: To become celebrity adventurers via a reality television show
Aliases: "The People's Favorites"
Affiliations: Solomon O'Sullivan (agent), X-Statix (Anarchist/Tike Alicar, Dead Girl/Moonbeam, Doop, Orphan/Guy Smith, Phat/Billy Bob Reilly, Venus Dee Milo/Dee Milo, Vivisector/Myles Alfred) (allies/competitors)
Enemies: Arnie Lundberg
Base of Operations: Unidentified base in unidentified city
First Appearance: X-Statix I#1 (September, 2002)
History: (Marvel Encyclopedia HC
Vol. 2: X-Men - O-Force entry - BTS) - Capitalizing on America's love
affair with reality television shows, mutant talent agent Solomon
O'Sullivan created the reality show "O-Force" and began trying out
superhumans who would compete for a spot on the O-Force superhero team.
(X-Statix I#1 (fb) - BTS) - The O-Force team roster
was finalized over a span of weeks from team members voted onto the
team by the public via the "O-Force" reality show.
(X-Statix I#1) - The newest episode of the "O-Force" television show aired with mutant talent agent Solomon O'Sullivan announcing the newest potential members of O-Force: Overkill, Orchid, Optoman and Ozone. O-Force's rival group, the media-savvy X-Statix team, then watched as the four potential members then fought each other on live television for a spot on the O-Force team. Despite being slightly threatened by the team copying their modus operandi, X-Statix nonetheless enjoyed watching the O-Force television show and X-Statix's leader Orphan felt X-Statix had nothing to worry about from O-Force. Later, X-Statix held a press conference to announce their newest recruit, Venus Dee Milo, but found the audience empty due to the airing of O-Force's newest episode. Reporter Sam Geller informed X-Statix that O-Force's final roster had been chosen and the newest episode was documenting O-Force's first official mission, prompting X-Statix to rush to their television. X-Statix (and mutant mind manipulator Arnie Lundberg) watched O-Force's first mission to rescue captive celebrities on television as it was shown across the nation.
(X-Statix I#2) - After O-Force's first mission to rescue a bunch of actors from a gang of kidnappers was a success, their agent Solomon O'Sullivan was flooded with offers for new missions but O'Sullivan turned them all down, instead visiting an old police contact and learning of the mutant Arnie Lundberg, who had taken over his entire town with his mental powers.
(Marvel Encyclopedia HC Vol. 2: X-Men - O-Force entry
- BTS) - Unbeknownst to the public, the gang of kidnappers O-Force had
fought were nothing more than actors and O-Force was secretly not
combat worthy at all.
(X-Statix I#2) - Unaware X-Statix team owner Spike
Freeman had his police contact nudge O'Sullivan into having O-Force
handle Arnie, O-Force later prepared for their newest mission to
liberate Arnie's Minnesota town from the mutant boy and their
preparations were televised on their newest episode of "O-Force."
(X-Statix I#3) - As X-Statix watched the newest episode of
"O-Force," Solomon O'Sullivan lawyer Sharon Ginsberg visited X-Statix
Tower and presented legal paperwork preventing Venus Dee Milo from
working with X-Statix, instead offering Venus a spot on O-Force.
X-Statix then fragmented after Ginsberg left and Spike Freeman
continued his discussion about letting O-Force be seen in public
beating up on the teenaged Arnie Lundberg. Later that evening, Solomon
O'Sullivan briefed O-Force on their newest mission but the conversation
was interrupted by the Orphan, who warned that O-Force was going into a
more dangerous mission than they realized. Disbelieving the Orphan's
claims, O'Sullivan ordered O-Force to show the Orphan the door and the
Orphan was soon incapacitated by Ocean's water powers. When the newest
episode of "O-Force" aired, O-Force chose to continue their mission
against Arnie and when asked by CNN what O-Force's plan was, field
leader Overkill informed CNN that they hoped Arnie would give up upon
seeing what he was up against. When O-Force arrived in Arnie's
Minnesota town, Ocean's legs were blown off and the team was attacked
by an army of the undead, raised by Arnie to battle O-Force. As a
shocked Solomon O'Sullivan watched on television as Overkill abandoned
the injured Ocean, the Orphan parachuted to O-Force's rescue.
(X-Statix I#4) - The Orphan saved Ocean from the zombies, promising to return for her, as Solomon O'Sullivan was convinced by Spike Freeman that O-Force were in over their heads. After O'Sullivan signed Venus out of her contract with him so that she could help rescue O-Force, the rest of X-Statix traveled to Arnie's Minnesota town and battled the zombies, saving O-Force from certain doom. Following Arnie's defeat, Arnie Lundberg decided to use his powers for good and healed Ocean's legs as the rest of O-Force received medical treatment for their injuries.
(Marvel Encyclopedia HC Vol. 2: X-Men - O-Force entry - BTS) -
Following O-Force's decimation at the hands of the zombies raised by
Arnie Lundberg, Solomon O'Sullivan was swamped by angry fans of the
"O-Force" show, who suspected that the O-Force members were not truly
mutants and that their "powers" were mere television special effects.
Comments: Created by Peter Milligan and
Profile by Proto-Man.
O-Force has no known connections to:
Ocean has no known connection to:
Ocelot, the hairy guy, should not be confused with
Oracle, the trainee, shouldn't be confused with:
Orbit shouldn't be confused with:
Overkill, the energy-based mutant, is not to be confused with:
The O-Force trainees were prospective heroes who attempted to earn a spot on the O-Force team by competing on television. Obituary, Orbit, Ooze, Ocelot and Ocean eventually made it onto the actual O-Force team.
The others are (from left to right): Oink, Oracle and
None of their powers were revealed and none
were shown outside of this picture, which was a television broadcast
showing which trainee had more votes.
You'd have to guess that Oracle had some precognitive powers, Orifice appeared to have a sideways mouth and eyes (which got him into last place with 3% of the votes), and Oink? Dumb and Strong? Stinky? Omnivorous? I give up.
-- X-Statix I#1
O-Force TV rejects
Trainees who made it onto the
first episode of the "O-Force" television show, they battled Overkill
for a position on the team.
They are: (from left to right): Orchid, Optoman and Ozone.
Orchid could project vines from her fingertips. -- X-Statix I#1
Optoman could generate what appeared to be flashes of light from his eyes. -- X-Statix I#1
Ozone was apparently made of sludge-like pollution and could travel through solid objects. -- X-Statix I#1
Milton Petersen was one of the trainees who made it on the O-Force team using the codename Obituary. He participated in both missions and was later considered a potential Initiative recruit by Tony Stark.
Obituary apparently has some sort
of enhanced strength, given the fact that he shattered a guard's helmet
with his fists.
Hmmm...Obituary...either he's dead, or he makes people dead...
-- X-Statix I#1 (#2-3, Civil War: Battle
Damage Report - BTS,
Ocean was a trainee who made it
onto the O-Force team. During the battle against Arnie Lundberg, she
had her legs blown off by Arnie Lundberg,
only to have them regenerated by Arnie following his defeat.
Ocean can manipulate water, whether by projecting streams of water or transforming her body in water.
-- X-Statix I#1 (#2-4
Ocelot was one of the trainees who became a member of the O-Force team. He joined O-Force on both of their missions and was injured in the mission against Arnie Lundberg.
Ocelot appears to have a very
hairy appearance and is seen leaping onto enemies, so I'd imagine he
has above average agility.
An ocelot is a large cat, originally associated with the jaguar
-- X-Statix I#1 (#2-4,
OozeOoze was a trainee who made it onto the O-Force team. He joined O-Force on both of their missions and was injured in the battle against Arnie Lundberg.
Orbit was a trainee who became a member of the O-Force team. He did not seem to talk at all but he joined O-Force on both of their missions.
Orbit could fly and apparently project energy from his eyes that disrupts the equilibrium of others.
- X-Statix I#1 (#2-3,
Overkill was a tryout from the "O-Force"
television show. He won a place on the O-Force team and joined them in
both of their
missions. Concerned mostly for himself despite giving the public facade
of caring, Overkill left Ocean to die during their mission against
Overkill could project a form of energy from his hands. He had a diamond-shaped gem on his forehead, reminiscent of the Vision, so perhaps it's stored solar energy.
- X-Statix I#1 (#2-3,
images: (without ads)
X-Statix I#2, p1, splash page (O-Force rescuing celebrities, main image)
X-Statix I#2, p21, pan5 (O-Force on television)
X-Statix I#1, p11, pan1 (O-Force trainees)
X-Statix I#1, p10, pan3 (O-Force TV rejects & Overkill)
X-Statix I#1, p18, pan1 (Obituary, Ocelot & Ooze images)
X-Statix I#4, p18, pan4 (Ocean)
X-Statix I#3, p17, pan3 (Orbit)
X-Statix#1-4 (September-December, 2002) - Peter Milligan (writer), Mike Allred (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Marvel Encyclopedia HC Vol. 2: X-Men (2003) - Syd Barney-Hawke (writer), Eric J. Moreels (writer, researcher), Mike Allred (O-Force entry art), Mark D. Beazley, Jeff Youngquist (editors)
First Posted: 03/16/2003
Last updated: 10/04/2019
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