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Taskmaster: Unthinkable Paperback – May 18, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Taskmaster
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (May 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785152601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785152606
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Collecting the four issues of the Taskmaster series, Unthinkable is about the Taskmaster and his race to find out his memories in order to put a stop to the Org; a criminal organization who put a hit out on his head. The Taskmaster has the ability to store implicit memories, but, in doing so, erases explicit memories like who his family is or where he is. But, he's able to remember fighting moves and how to land an aircraft by simply viewing a video of it. Ol' Tasky is being chased down by every organization there is and they all want him for the money! However, he has the power to stop them and the Minions' International Liberation Front (M.I.L.F. Yes, MILF. I know.) from capturing him and his newfound partner Mercedes but he must remember the past in order to unlock his future!

So, Taskmaster: Unthinkable is full of action and funny moments and awesome fights and the Secret Avengers are in it and even Deadpool's mentioned once but the overall story is pretty gripping. It's actually a very sad, touching story by the end of the book and one that, to me, brings the Taskmaster into a whole new light. He's not just some copycat but he has a "power" and there's consequences to having that power. A consequence that most superheroes wouldn't be able to deal with. The art was fantastic and the writing was very well done. I really enjoyed the read and only hoped it could've been longer.
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Taskmaster is a supervillain with the ability of mimicking the fighting styles of other heroes (and villains) by using his formidable memory. The character appears in Deadpool classic, training Deadpool; but I haven't seen the character in other stories.

In this comic, we find out that despite his amazing ability to learn fighting styles, Taskmaster has forgotten his past. His new memories, somehow erase his past memories. Because he is in mortal danger (a one billion bounty on his head), Taskmaster must find his past. We get to experience his adventures figuring out his past. We have funny moments, unusual villains and big "Marvel" surprises along the way.

I gave this book a chance because it is written by Fred Van Lente, an author I've immensely enjoyed when he writes Spider-man. I am glad I did, the comic had very funny moments ("Don of the dead") and it was an interesting story on its own right. I recommend giving this book a shot.
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For a C-list villain, Im surprised Marvel even bothered to make this mini-series. Not that I'm complaining, because I love Taskmaster, especially in his role in the Avengers: Initiative title. Nonetheless, even if this story does not impact the Marvel Universe as a whole, it is well-crafted - with an origin story elements. It has action, humor(sometimes borderline Deadpool type of humor), and drama; the ending is very touching and bittersweet, it caught me off guard. While Jefte Palo's art is beautiful in its sketchy ways. Yes, it tends to drag out a bit, especially in the mid-area of the story, but nothing that takes away your interest from the overall experience. I dont want to spoil it for anyone, so just get this, it is definitely worth it, whether you're a Taskmaster fan or not; whether you know him from the comics or just the "Marvel vs Capcom 3" video game. I just hope Marvel will do something big with the character in the near future.
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A great standalone story about a side character in the Marvel Universe. I've liked reading stories with the Taskmaster in them (Deadpool, Secret Avengers) as he has an interesting power and if written properly, is pretty funny. This book shows a different side to the mercenary who bounces between villain and antihero, showing that he may not fully be in control of what he does and why. I loved how his power of phographic reflexes was portrayed as a cut away showing the hero that he was mimicing doing the same move. Only downside was that this series wasn't continued as it had a lot of places it could have gone with the character.
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This is a rare find. I don't know of many comic readers that picked up this series in singles issues, but if you did, you were treated to a gem. I bought the trade from Amazon at the urging of a friend and was not disappointed. Van Lente's writing really adds a layer of humanity to an otherwise flat character from Marvel. Pallo's art is rugged, dynamic and pitch perfect for the story. Highly recommended!
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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 up to the character.

It was writer Fred Van Lente, artist Jefté Palo, and colour artist Jean-François Beaulieu who rose up to the challenge that is creating an origin story for Taskmaster, fully succeeding in a comic which is absolutely fascinating and an overall great read. Taskmaster: Unthinkable follows the comic’s namesake as he faces a global organisation with every terrorist organisation and criminal cartel affiliated to it. The problem? There is a rumour that Taskmaster has turned a traitor and now works for Captain America, and a billion-dollar bounty has been put on his head. Resulting in every group of costumed fanatics he has ever worked for and trained being out for his blood.

The catch? Because of Taskmaster’s photographic reflexes take up so much of his memory he has no memory of his true identity or personal life. He can’t hold onto either the names or faces of his friends and family, let alone past missions and actions. To keep track of it all he’s created a massive memory palace, a mental construct that links specific memories to locations or sensory stimuli. What he doesn’t know will most certainly kill him, and he must then find the leaders of the organisation to prove his innocence.
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