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Everyone’s favorite anti-hero continues the quest for his secret origin (so secret he himself doesn’t even know it) to drug war-torn Mexico, where even the billion-dollar bounty hunters of The Org, the mysterious super villain underground, fear to tread. But instead, he discovers an even more formidable threat: the newest murderous Marvel sensation, the bad guy you’ll be talking about for years, or possibly minutes. Are you prepared for the senses-shattering debut of…THE DON OF THE DEAD? (Hint: No. You’re not.)
The fan-favorite anti-hero from AVENGERS: INITIATIVE explodes into his own mini-series! Taskmaster has trained hench-thugs for every terrorist organization and criminal cartel in the Marvel Universe. So when the rumor starts that he’s turned traitor and now works for STEVE ROGERS, a billion-dollar bounty is put on his head, and every cadre of costumed fanatics — A.I.M., Hydra, Ultimatum, the Sons of the Serpent, everyone — looks to collect. Now Taskmaster has to fight hordes upon hordes of his psychopathic students while at the same time figuring out who framed him — which requires him figuring out who he really is! That’s right, the man with the photographic reflexes has no memory of his true identity — and you’ll learn the unexpected truth along with him! The action-packed SECRET ORIGIN of Taskmaster begins here, courtesy of New York Times bestselling writer Fred Van Lente
The Taskmaster debuted back in 1980′s “Avengers” #195, and over the years he’s primarily worked as, basically, a teacher. For the right fee, he was willing to teach villains, their minions and the occasional hero some of the skills he himself has learned through his special ability. Most recently, the character appeared regularly in writer Christos Gage’s issues of “Avengers: The Initiative” where he served as leader of the Norman Osborn-controlled Initiative and lead them into battle during the Siege of Asgard.
Most of the Marvel Universe’s heroes and villains have perfected their skills through hard work and training, but not the enigmatic professional criminal known as Taskmaster. All he has to do to be able to fight like Captain America or shoot an arrow like Hawkeye is see those heroes in action. Then, thanks to his photographic reflexes, he can perfectly mimic those characters’ abilities. Nothing is free, though, and Taskmaster’s abilities do come with a price. In writer Fred Van Lente and artist Jefte Paolo’s upcoming four issue “Taskmaster” miniseries, the title character must find a way to regain what his powers have cost him before he’s killed by the horde of enemies that are hot on his trail.