We'll head back to Marvel for the last comic reviewed tonight... Um, after 18 reviews over the course of the past 6 days, this is about as much of an introductory paragraph as I can muster!
Battle Scars #3(of 6):
What Happened: Johnson and his friend Cheese manage to get a bead on one of Taskmaster's safehouses and Johnson decides to try to find Taskmaster since Taskmaster seemed to have some idea as to why there was a price on Johnson's head. Johnson and Cheese take separate safehouses and Johnson spots movement in the safehouse he was watching. Johnson enters and discovers Deadpool there(!). Pool tells Johnson that he'd been hired to kill him because Johnson had murdered his mother, which was blatantly untrue. Johnson tells Deadpool as much, and since Johnson wasn't even in the country at the time of the murder, Pool tends to believe him. Before Pool can leave with Johnson to get some answers, Pool is impaled from behind by Taskmaster, who renews his attack on Johnson. Johnson manages to lure Taskmaster into a trap on the roof and actually gets the upper-hand on Taskmaster thanks to this chicanery. Johnson demands answers from Taskmaster, and Taskmaster cryptically tells Johnson to ask his father for answers, which annoys Johnson since he thought his dad was dead. Taskmaster tells Johnson that he doubted Johnson's dad COULD die, and that he was hired by an enemy of Johnson's dad to get Johnson. Taskmaster recommends that Johnson should run away from this whole messed up situation before he ends up any deeper in it, but before Johnson can do anything, the Serpent Society(or are they the Serpent Squad now?) show up on the scene to collect the price on Johnson's head.
Thoughts: This was a pretty good, fast, read. We are getting tantalizing tidbits of information regarding Johnson, which is fine since we're at about the halfway point of this mini. I'd expect a few more pieces of the puzzle to drop next issue, with the majority of the mystery of Johnson's life being revealed by issue #5. From what we learn from Taskmaster, Johnson's father, who Johnson had always thought was dead, has an enemy, who has apparently put the massive price on Johnson's head. Who is Johnson's dad? Or for that matter, who's Johnson's father's old enemy? We don't know yet, but my interest is definitely piqued. Here's hoping the eventual payoff is worth the ride.
Score: 7 out of 10.Good to know!