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Taskmaster: Unthinkable

(Taskmaster (2010) #1-4)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Taskmaster has trained hench-thugs for every terrorist organization and criminal cartel in the Marvel U. 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 looks to collect. Now Taskmaster has to fight hordes upon hordes of his psychopathic students while at the ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Marvel (first published March 16th 2011)
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Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marvel has such great depth on its roster of characters. So I usually enjoy it when an overlooked C-Lister is given some time in the spotlight.

Taskmaster was – and I suppose still is – one of those supporting villains who pops up in other people's stories to either further the plot or get killed dramatically. I always liked flipping the page of some trade and going, "Oh, it's that guy!" Then it became, "Oh hey it's, what's his name...oh right, Taskmaster!" Until finally I was all like, "Oooh a T
Eric Mikols
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked Taskmaster back when he was hanging out with Deadpool and Agent X, and as a villain I think he's a great concept. Having a photographic reflex memory is pretty cool and I love the way the art worked in this issue to show how Taskmaster's fighting style changes to each memory. This story was pretty fun; full of action, comedy and even some heart at the end. Recommend. ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
ABSOLUTE RATING: {3/5 stars}

Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
OMG, has Taskmaster never had an origin story before? This started out funny, and graduated to heartfelt and a little depressing. Good job, Fred Van Lente.

VL's script makes me long for more writers who are this grounded in the actual world we live in, rather than the insulated and hardly aware universe of Marvel books - like the lens is just out of focus, and VL has finally made the last adjustment. It probably means his books will read *very* outdated in a few years or more, but even reading ol
John Andreula
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nerd
A very cool graphic novel that takes a D-level Marvel character and uses beautifully drawn comic and a compelling and unique story. It humanizes a character that Marvel usually throws in for comic-relief and tells an awesome origin story. I recommend it.
Emma Gear
I've read a LOT of comics this year. But this is also the year I really started getting into comics in general. Before 2020 I read like, some of Squirrel Girl, the first run of Ms. Marvel, and The Unbelievable Gwenpool. It was this year that I really ramped things up.

I bring that all up to say I had heard of Taskmaster exactly once before 2020. He was in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and I thought he was an overly edgy attempt at making a cool character given his appearance. The skull mask really just se
Rocky Sunico
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I concede that I've always been a fan of Taskmaster as a concept, but my in-comic encounters with him have largely relied on Deadpool comics in recent years. So this book was an interesting way to dive into his history across different criminal organizations while adding a complex new backstory that still works but certainly stretches the limits of things. It makes him a lot more serious than how he has been depicted in recent comics, but it's certainly a fulfilling take on the character.

And I r
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Palo's art is grimy and chaotic and excellent, and the script gives him some high quality ludicrousness to work with, but this does have that "everything you know is wrong" thing that these comics seem set on doing to almost every character multiple times per year. Still, this is basically a tragedy, which is not something I would have expected from a miniseries centring on such a C-list villain. ...more
John Smythe
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nicely plotted origin story in which Taskmaster discovers his own origin. Solid twists at the right points, only one of which I saw coming. And one laugh out loud humorous moment I won't spoil for you. ...more
Bobow Kiatwongwanich
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think it's cool! Well done mini series. Enjoyable to read. Good insight into TM. ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
A decent story, but it didn't really go anywhere. I like how the artist highlighted which superhero's fighting style Taskmaster was using. ...more
Carmen C.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-comics
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Taskmaster is a character who has drifted over the years throughout the backgrounds of larger and more popular Marvel characters; a supporting character in adventures not of his own but with a cult fanbase thanks to his enigmatic character. It is easy to see why it’d be risky to tell a story that expands on a relatively unknown and enigmatic character such as Taskmaster: either the story or other elements of the publication will fail, or it simply will not live
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-book, action, marvel
Issue 1 - I remember Taskmaster having this awesome ability to remember everything. What happened to him?

Issue 2 - Kind of a weird beginning of an issue, but I gradually got it. Seems I remembered wrong about Taskmaster's abilities. Unless they changed him in this series...

Issue 3 - Man, I sort of got lost in this issue. Can't keep track of all the weird memory things. Liked the ending, I guess. But damn, I didn't know Taskmaster was so emotional...

Issue 4 - Again, wasn't really following the we
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
The four stars here is probably a tad high for a rating, but I was very pleasantly surprised by multiple aspects of the tale. In addition, I wasn't totally put off by Fred Van Lente taking one of my favorite supporting villain characters turning him into a well crafted anti-hero in this tale. Admittedly, the anit-hero bit was a little heavy handed, but the tragic undertones that comes out so well at the end is one of the best things about this story. The other is the over the top humor, with hen ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Taskmaster seemed goofy to me until recent years when writers made him seem more of a credible threat. Here we are given a look into the origin of Taskmaster which has never been told before. As an origin story its done really well without sounding to compositional. The ideas here are interesting, comic book believable, and still funny. The funny however seemed a little to Deadpooly at times. I think Taskmaster is better when his humor is darker more than zany. The art was good but maybe too ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Man, this is hokey! Talk about ridin the Deadpool train! This book tries really hard to be funny but it doesn't work so well and unfortunately it's just dumb! This book is so over the top with some of the worst villains ever! Let's get something straight, I've always been a Taskmaster fan from his appearances against Captain America in the 80's and on but I don't really understand what they're trying to do with him by turning him into some sort of guffawing comic relief! Save that kind of writin ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Childish humor seems to be the curse of Taskmaster stories, so if you think Deadpool is still funny, you'll probably dig the joke in here about the criminal organization chasing Taskmaster. If anything, this "return-to-form" of the character is even better than the 2000-era pseudo-reboot, inasmuch as it turns Taskmaster into a Ludlumesque tragic anti-hero rather than a straight up villain or mercenary. I generally liked it and would recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed Taskmaster stories in th ...more
George Lantzy
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
What is a pretty decent origin story gets plagued by far too many forced comedy moments. Taskmaster's backstory is actually well done here and carries some real emotional weight. The aforementioned "comedy" moments hamper that, however, and, honestly, most aren't even that clever. The art is a high point, though I have a feeling some people won't be able to get behind the rough pencil style presented here. All in all, a good origin story that could have been better and a true staple for the char ...more
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is not really what you would call a five-star comic or anything like, but I kinda loved everything about it, so I'm giving it the highest rating possible. If you took Memento and crossed it with The Venture Bros, you'd get this comic. It hit all of my sweet spots, and if you're like me and love superhero action that doesn't take itself too seriously, then this is definitely the book for you, too. ...more
Khairul Hezry
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Picked this up solely because of Fred Van Lente whose keeps producing solid work and this one is no different. Super villain with amnesia is given an origin story and a previously one dimensional, throwaway character now has layers to his persona.

Lots of humour in the story as well. That helped.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, i'm a massive Taskmaster fan and was suitably excited to see him get hia own series. It didn't disappoint, the humour is great, the artwork is amazing and most of all, the story of Taskmaster's past, fleshing out a relatively one dimensional villain, into a tragic kind of hero is excellent. Totally lived up to the hype for me. ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Art's pretty. That's about all that's good about this mini.

Taskmaster was interesting because he was an ordinary dude who decide to use his superpowers to make himself money and was pretty smart in going about it.

Van Lente has however saddled Taskmaster with a pointless and angsty backstory that is at complete odds to Taskmaster's previous characterisation.
Rebecca Tollingworth
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Taskmaster comic I've read. I think I first heard about him in Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe or maybe another Deadpool comic? Anyway, I liked it. I expected not to know anything about the character, but luckily it was pretty much an origin story. I'll definitely wanna look for more Taskmaster comics now. ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
A story that manages to contain absurdity and heart without becoming overburdened with either one. Laugh out loud funny and brimming with deftly-illustrated action. A surprise treat well worth reading.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Good story about a character I've always thought was cool, revealing his secret origin. Could have done without some of the "humor" (a henchman named Redshirt and an organization with the acronym MILF? REALLY?) but liked it overall. ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Liked it. A memento-esque story to give depth to a minor villain in a light tone. A fun read.
Kurt Criscione
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
damn good story.... kinda sad and still one of my favorite characters.
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Fred Van Lente is the New York Times-bestselling author of comics as varied as Archer & Armstrong (Harvey Award nominee, Best Series), Taskmaster, MODOK's 11, Amazing Spider-Man, Conan the Avenger, Weird Detective, and Cowboys & Aliens (upon which the 2011 movie was based), as well as the novels Ten Dead Comedians and The Con Artist.

Van Lente also specializes in entertaining readers with offbeat

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