The GeeksverseTaskmaster #4

Taskmaster #4
Published on Thursday, December 2, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Fred Van Lente
Art by: Jefte Palo
Colored by: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Lettered by: Dave Lanphear
Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Cover: Palo

The last issue of the Taskmaster mini-series. It puts the character in an interesting place. We know his origins, who he was, but he doesn’t.

The explanation for The Hub and The Org, the group that “runs” Taskmaster, really doesn’t make much sense. It’s hard to get a feel for what the point of this series was. The character ends up where he started off, nothing has changed.

What’s the status of the bounty? All the organizations thought that Taskmaster turned on them, which in a way he did (even if he didn’t know he did), and that bit isn’t resolved. How was his named cleared? Was it?

It seems like they are trying to set Taskmaster up as a quasi-hero. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’ve always loved the Taskmaster. I don’t know if I want him to be a hero.

Van Lente’s story is entertaining at least. The origin of Taskmaster is interesting. The strangeness of some of the events in the series helped give it a unique feel.

The cover is misleading as the Avengers don’t fight Taskmaster. Which creates another loose end as we don’t know what Rogers will do with the information the Org supplies him with, if any.

Palo doesn’t draw the most attractive people but he’s got a good grasp of storytelling. I loved the way he depicted the Taskmaster using his abilities. He gave the book a unique style and I hope that the next time Taskmaster appears whoever the artist is borrows Palo’s idea for showing the abilities in use.

Taskmaster #4 receives
3.5 out of 5

Decent wrap-up to the series but with no change in status quo it feels like a waste.

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