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Taskmaster: The Right Price Paperback – March 31, 2020
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- Publisher : Marvel (March 31, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1302921320
- ISBN-13 : 978-1302921323
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Grade level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.55 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #423,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So, when I did some searching and found the Taskmaster 2002 series. I planned on buying the issues individually, but saw that it came with this collection as well as with the Taskmaster 2010 and some one-shots.
Overall, without knowing much about Taskmaster beforehand, this book kept my attention. I couldn't put it down in some places and the twists (no spoilers) did surprise me. Again, the book did all this without me needing to have encyclopedic knowledge of Marvel.
One con that I didn't like was a character by the name of Don of the Dead. To me he was annoying, over-the-top, forgettable, but not enough to spoil the story.
Good artwork, particularly the 2002 series, and I was a big fan of the bonus material in the back of the book, especially the breakdowns of the various criminal organizations in the book.
In essence, good introduction to Taskmaster and worth the buy.
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Taskmaster: The Right Price reprints two separate miniseries featuring the Avengers villain Taskmaster, one originally published in 2002 (by Udon Studios) and 2010 (by writer Fred Van Lente and Jefté Palo), with two backup stories from Marvel Comics Presents and Age of Heroes. How do the main stories shape up? Let's break it down...
Udon's Taskmaster 2002 series is visually striking, utilizing manga inspired artwork, which was a prevalent trend in American comic books at the time. The series is a fun quick read, although it's pretty hollow inside. It relies a little too much on exposition to tell the story (show, don't tell!) and the dialogue often feels unnatural and forced. Apart from the drama of betrayal and revenge, it's thin and not particularly compelling.
With Fred Van Lente's 2010 miniseries, the character takes a different turn. With this story, Taskmaster's origin is completely revamped. Previously, his story was that he had his powers since childhood, but it is summarily discarded and replaced with a tragic twist. Here, a side effect of Taskmaster's abilities is that every time he learns a new physical skill, it overwrites his long-term memory, which leaves him as a blank slate. Now, with his former students hunting him, he is on the run with a woman that he thinks he just met, while hunting down the people responsible for making him who he is.
While Palo's artwork is a completely different aesthetic (and possibly an acquired taste), Van Lente's take on Taskmaster is much more compelling. Dialogue and characterization is a lot more developed, plus the wonderfully dark humour included (the main bad guy goes by the name Redshirt and leads an organization known as Minions' International Liberation Front, or "MILF" for short) makes for a fun read.