Posted on July 30th, 2010 by The Heroic Age
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.
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