Of all the characters who were suddenly popular for a minute in the 1990s, Taskmaster is my absolute least favorite.  From his powers (“anything you can do, I can do better”) to his real name (Tony Masters, The Taskmaster?  Oy.) to his stupid skull-face mask…  Actually, that’s not bad.  In fact, the original George Perez design is one that I like, and emblemizes the problem of ‘Good Design, Bad Character’ in a nutshell, leading us to today’s well-dressed-but-really-dumb query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also wonders about the inverse, especially given the new movie Flash costume, asking: What’s the best example in your mind of the phenomenon of ‘Good Design, Bad Character’?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. March 31, 2017 at 2:29 pm — Reply

    Electric Superman. I really love the costume design, I just hate the actual character.

    Similarly, the Azrael Batman armor costume is pretty awesome (as is the Azrael armor costume), but I really cannot stand Jean-Paul Valley in any form.

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