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Taskmaster No.1 by AlexGarner Taskmaster No.1 by AlexGarner
Taskmaster #1. Cover to the upcoming mini-series. Marvel used the wrong file for solicitations so here is the slightly revised version. This was a rush job with only one day to paint it so it's the fastest cover I've ever done. Probably took around 16 hours.

This is also one of my favorite characters from when I was reading comics as a kid. His only powers, if you can call them powers, are his photographic reflexes. That is, he can mimic the moves of anyone after just seeing them perform it one time. So he basically can do every fighting style in the Marvelverse from Captain America to Hawkeye to Daredevil, etc..


TASKMASTER #1 (of 4)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Penciled by JEFTE PAOLO
Cover by ALEX GARNER
The fan-favorite anti-hero from AVENGERS: INITIATIVE explodes into his own mini-series! Taskmaster has trained hench-thugs for every terrorist organization and criminal cartel in the Marvel Universe. 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 -- A.I.M., Hydra, Ultimatum, the Sons of the Serpent, everyone -- looks to collect. Now Taskmaster has to fight hordes upon hordes of his psychopathic students while at the same time figuring out who framed him -- which requires him figuring out who he really is! That's right, the man with the photographic reflexes has no memory of his true identity -- and you'll learn the unexpected truth along with him! The action-packed SECRET ORIGIN of Taskmaster begins here, courtesy of New York Times bestselling writer Fred Van Lente (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, INCREDIBLE HERCULES, MARVEL ZOMBIES) and acclaimed artist Jefte Paolo (DOCTOR VOODOO)!
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:iconulitomamon:
ulitomamon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Bad ass taskmaster, there's any tutorial or livestream of you? :)
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MindlessMan0000 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

For some reason, when I look at Taskmaster, I don't see an evil villain...

In fact, he'll always be a full fledged hero to me. At least in his own right. ;u;

(Salute's.)

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9-11-00 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this makes me think "he-man"
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Migael-Morningstar Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Taskmaster does look like Skeletor, but he's really pretty badass.
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:icon9-11-00:
9-11-00 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i cn imagine that. ^w^
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:icongoldenliving777:
goldenliving777 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Some people do their best work under pressure, I think your Taskmaster is phenomenal!
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:iconmaxis-geryon:
Maxis-Geryon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
This guy proves you don't need fancy attacks to win: just mastering the moves!
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:icongwdill:
gwdill Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist
That is too cool!
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:iconthiswebsiteisgreen:
thiswebsiteisgreen Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
"You are the ass kick-e, I am the ass kick-r!"
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KumchoValcho Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Artist
that is a real sword? Amazing job man
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:iconadrianfarenheittepes:
You are the asskickee, I am the asskicker!
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Sergeantkeys Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I was thrilled when I saw the Taskmaster 1 to 4 comics pop up

This cover was particularly awesome, and served well to introduce Taskmaster as a NTBFW character.
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:iconcyberflames:
CyberFlames Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
TaskMaster is so cool... wish I knew more of him from the comics not just from MvC3
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:iconaroberuto:
aroberuto Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
question he and deadpool are friends?
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TheStonefooted Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As fellow mercenaries and allies at times, indeed, they're friends. Deadpool is, by chance, the only man on Earth who's movements Taskmaster cannot copy.
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:iconaroberuto:
aroberuto Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
well after all he is a crazy s.o.b.
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:icongrams2300:
grams2300 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
yeah!!!!
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:iconmansfield114:
Mansfield114 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
love the angle on this!
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:iconsaxsui:
saxsui Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Best friggen' character on MvC3
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:iconlostoffocus:
LostofFocus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Oh wow....
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:iconeldagusto:
Eldagusto Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Love em!
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:iconshadzx2:
Shadzx2 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Mighty.
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zakaz92 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011   General Artist
for a rushed job this still kicks ass on so many levels and yes he is indeed badass highly under appreciated character which deserves more for he is TASKMASTER
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Kamulos-the-king Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
I love this one, wow !!!
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:iconbriansoriano:
BrianSoriano Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
The fastest piece you've done, all in a day no less, and yet its every bit of as magnificent as the others. Your work, as well as your effort, is inspiring.
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:iconalexgarner:
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ah thanks! :)
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:iconarevish:
Arevish Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
The best in what he does
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:iconwondermanrules:
wondermanrules Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010   Traditional Artist
The perspective kicks ass, I love the sinister feel of the piece. It really makes the viewer feel like they're about to be killed by him. :fear:
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Nightshade475 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
dont you think its time for Tasky to update his look? i enjoyed his UDON look, but it doesnt even haveta be that one! heck, even cap ditched the pirate booties! with that being said, the image is Uber-awesome! outstanding effects!
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LuisManuel316 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
I don't know, this looks makes him stand out.
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:iconshadowexe:
ShadowEXE Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
completely badass
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:icontheamat:
Theamat Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
This came out very well for 16 hours worth of work!
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:iconelinewton:
Elinewton Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Great one!!
I love the perspective effect!!
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:iconrairyu:
rairyu Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Most badass Taksmaster picture I have ever seen. Instant fave.
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:iconalexgarner:
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconrairyu:
rairyu Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
NP! Keep up the good work!
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Fantastic work...
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BonzzGX Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
WICKWED! :O ~ Impressive work, Good job! :D
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SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Jefte Palo's work on Black Panther and Doctor Voodoo is stellar!!
Your cover art is magnificent, Alex! :o
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:iconphattyartist:
phattyartist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010   Digital Artist
The the composition, love the perspective, LOVE EVERYTHING about this!!
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Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Simply insane in the membrane that you pulled this off in a day.
Superhuman, alex...s u p er h u m a n.

Great drama and excellent execution, especially under the gun like that!
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:iconalexgarner:
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Brad! Yeah, it was stressful but rewarding in the knowledge that if I HAD to get it done in one day, I could.
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moray-eel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
He's wolverine.

Seriously though - great character, but I've never liked that outfit.
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shaneluck Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
It doesn't look rushed at all. Sounds like it should be a good mini-series
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Chainsaw-Munkey Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great perspective with the sword. And the shine on it is amazing. Top notch. The perspective of the whole piece is really nice. I'd buy the book based on the cover alone.
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AlexGarner Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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tonyperna Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh that is just frickin' cool! I've always loved Taskmaster from his very first appearence in Avengers #196.
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Dark-Ether Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Very cool! I've always loved Taskmaster!
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:icongennadius:
Gennadius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Wow one of my favorite villains gets his own mini-series.
Too bad he doesnt have the suit he had in MR.X miniserie
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RODCOM1000 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
This would be fantastic even if it took days, the fact that you did it 16 hours makes it even more amazing!
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