Saturday, November 27, 2010

Taskmaster #4 (of 4)

Taskmaster #4 - Comic of the Day
Taskmaster's side pouch takes center stage
All good things must come to an end: Lost, Taskmaster's mini series and Dinosaucers (the 1987 cartoon show, not the serving plates of a paleontologist).

Taskmaster #4 marked the end of a fun ride from the mind of Fred Van Lente and the hand of Jefte Palo. The adventure included some Taskmaster history creation which seemed to give the character stronger importance in the Marvel universe. With that said...how about a Taskmaster ongoing series? His own title could be done in many different ways after the revelations seen in the Taskmaster mini.

Taskmaster Ongoing Routes
  • The S.H.I.E.L.D direction could be interesting. If Johnathan Hickman started a new series after the end of his Secret Warriors run, I would like it to include Nick Fury and Taskamaster. The comic could be titled, Furious Tasks...or not. Fury could send Task on some covert missions that have to be taken care of in small set amounts of time which only Task could handle. Basically I just love Fury in anything, but the S.H.I.E.L.D connection is there (if Taskmaster can remember it...which he won't).
  • The Warren Ellis path. I think I mentioned before how Taskmaster's mini felt a lot like Warren Ellis and Staurt Immonen's Nextwave series, which felt like a mini, but was not. The adventures could be short and zany and include witty banter while tackling the big issues like hoverboard riding half man half serving spoon agents from another dimension. Wait, that may actually be something from Nextwave.
  • A Team-Up route. These comics could be like the Deadpool adventures but maybe a bit more serious. Like maybe Black Panther needs help with a certain gang in Hell's Kitchen, or the X-Men want to start a higher education X-school which gives fighting lessons...like a human danger-room. I think there is potential with this idea. Utilizing Taskmaster's unique movement mimicking technique should be capitalized upon.
Whichever road is taken, after reading the comic of the day I became quite sad knowing that Taskmaster #4 was my last fix of him for, at least, a little while.

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