Ask Chris: Archie and the League of Skull-Faced Villain--WBXylo
Apr 23rd 2010 By: Chris Sims
Q: Best Villain with a skull mask? Taskmaster, Crossbones, or La Parka?
Taskmaster, on the other hand, is one of Marvel's all-time greats. Much like Ultra Boy (who has all of Superboy's powers but can only use one at a time!!), his super-power are the perfect distillation of the kind of thing kids love about comic book characters (he has all of the physical abilities of the Avengers, but he's eeeeeeevil!!), and his role as one of the few purely mercenary characters in super-hero comics makes him unique. Also, while I'm one of the few people who actually enjoyed the Udon redesign he sported in Gail Simone's "Deadpool" and "Agent X," his original George Perez costume is one of the all-time greatest designs ever. Heck, I like it so much that, along with Beta Ray Bill and Union Jack, whose costumes I also love, he's one of three characters I broke my "no mini-busts" rule for. He's easily one of Marvel's better villains, and he works in just about any kind of story.