Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ant-Man: A Short Lesson - P. A. Nolte

1/ Taskmaster, bursting through some double doors, running into a hall, frantically pressing the trigger in his hand.

Ant-Man (Caption): My first few months in costume, I kept coming across this guy named Taskmaster.

Ant-Man (Caption): He's a muscle mimic with eidetic memory.

Taskmaster: C'mon, dammit!  Lousy--

2/ Ant-Man appears in front of him, using his variable size to flip Taskmaster with ease.

Ant-Man (Caption): "Anything you can do, I can do better."

Taskmaster: Whoop!

3/ Taskmaster performs a perfect 3-point landing, sword drawn, still holding the trigger.

Ant-Man (Caption): Pretty cool gimmick, really.  Too bad he's on the wrong side...

Taskmaster: Gonna take a lot more than that to slow me down, bug.

4/ Taskmaster thrusts his sword towards Ant-Man, but Lang has shrunk and run up the blade and Taskmaster's arm, only to jump off of the villain's shoulder.

Ant-Man (Caption): I've seen him catch and hurl Cap's shield right back at him and dodge arrows like he knew where they were going to be before Hawkeye even had a chance to nock them.

Ant-Man (Caption): But it doesn't matter how much footage of me he watches--

Taskmaster: HA-- huh?

5/ Ant-Man is back to full size and grabbed Taskmaster by the back of his hood.

Ant-Man (Caption): Nobody steals Scott Lang's moves.

Taskmaster: Aw...


7/ Ant-Man stands over the crumpled form of Taskmaster, flipped and incapacitated.  The trigger in Taskmaster's hand is depressed.  Must have happened mid-flip.  A loud, angry alarm sounds.

Ant-Man (Caption): Nobody.


Ant-Man: Uh-oh.


  1. I was mighty tempted to roll out Taskmaster this week, but couldn't find a way to bring him in. I'm glad to see that you managed to do me one better.

    I like the idea you have here, but part of me wishes you took a bit more advantage of Scott's abilities for the why of Taskmaster not being able to copy Scott's style (perhaps a "hard to steal what you can't see" line or something). Also, I'm not sure how easily it would be to convey all the actions you lay out in panel 4 in a single panel.

    That said, I like the idea of the side business of the pressed trigger, adding in a subplot all along that bubbles to the surface at an inopportune moment.

    1. Taskmaster's the closest thing Scott really has to an archenemy, so he was a natural choice. It must be infuriating that he can do whatever Iron Fist or Spider-Man can, no problem, but since he'll never be able to change size at will, he's gonna get trounced every time he and Scott meet.

      I probably should have worded the fourth panel differently. Still, the idea is there, and it gives the artist a few options, so I'm not going to stress about it too much.


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