Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Taskmaster Comic book is one of the best DC comics of recent years. Ever since Grant Morrison took over the Batman Dark Knight series, the superheroes have been getting all sorts of new interesting storylines. One of these has been the Taskmaster, a character who has become a fan favorite in his own right. Even though he doesn't have his own solo comic or series anytime soon, but what he and his supporting cast of superheros have done in the past year has made him one of the most interesting and well talked about characters in comics today.
The original Taskmaster was a cyborg commando that was created to control the streets of Gotham City. His appearance was that of a very large and muscular man in a commando suit that had very black eyes. He was actually the second highest ranking police officer in Gotham City, the first being Commissioner Gordon.
However, as time went by we learned that there were other superheros in this world aside from Batman and the original Batgirl. In fact, there was another human police officer that controlled the city called commissioner Gordon and the first one we met was Barbara Gordon. We also saw other superheros, like Robin and Batwoman, but in the beginning of the series we didn't know who they were. In fact, we didn't even know if they were human or not. It wasn't until the second issue where we found out that both Barbara Gordon and the new Batgirl had been genetically altered as children to be identical. The original Taskmaster was revealed as Albert Wesker.
So how did this human commando known as Taskmaster get a robotic suit and robotic bat arm? Well, it seems that he got the look of a Batman Begins villain in the TV show, but instead of using his batarangs, he used a pair of sunglasses called the Black widows. He also had a massive black belt and wore all black, which is when he first started as a private eye working for the city of Gotham and Batman. He was then given the task of capturing the criminal known as the Joker. Since he couldn't do so with his Batarm, he made do with his own TK mask and gloves.
But did you know that the character even though he started off as an ally of Batman was actually his greatest nemesis? In the very first issue, you see that he has killed two of the Jokers before being lured into a trap by the Riddler. He even though Bruce Wayne was hitting him pretty hard for trying to save the helpless victims, still didn't want to kill the guy. But when the Riddler was about to kill him, he had taken over the Batcomputer and was able to control it with his mind alone.
As you might guess, he then had to be surgically removed from the body and left paralyzed. During this time, he was given another robotic suit and was able to operate his BatMobile from a wheelchair. However, even though he can no longer use his legs, he still uses his wrists to push buttons on his gauntlet and control his wrists. He even uses them to hold up his 'Baton' which was made out of a metal like material.
One interesting thing that we see in the first issues of the Taskmaster Comic is that he was taught to be more aggressive by his foster family. When his foster father is critically injured, he doesn't bother to wait for Batman to arrive on time. He goes after the Riddler first and kills him. This causes quite a stir and makes him lose his chance at becoming the Riddler. However, he does not let this get him down and he goes after the Red Hood. He also tries to kill the new Robin but he gets taken down by Batgirl.
The Taskmaster Comic really did a great job building up this fan favourite and we are sure that he will always be around because of the sheer action that he gives us. Even though the modern day versions aren't as cool as they used to be, the concept is just as strong as ever. We loved watching this kid grow up and get the bad boy attitude that we all know he has. Even though the modern day version isn't as cool as the original version on screen, he is as resourceful as the original version. The writers did a great job of making this comic entertaining.