Human Target #1

Writer: Tom King Artist: Greg Smallwood Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 3, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 63
9.1Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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Christopher Chance has made a living out of being a human target-a man hired to disguise himself as his client to invite would-be assassins to attempt his murder. He’s had a remarkable career until his latest case protecting Lex Luthor when things go sideways. An assassination attempt Chance didn’t see coming leaves him vulnerable and left trying to solve his own murder...as he has 12 days to discover just who in the DCU hated Luthor enough to want him dead. Human Target is a hard-boiled, gritty story in the vein of classic detective noirs told by bestselling and critically acclaimed creators Tom King and Greg Smallwood!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 2, 2021

    The Human Target #1 as an auspicious start to Tom King's latest Black Labe series. If Tom King can keep up the momentum, this series could well be as much a masterpiece as Mister Miracle was. But even apart from King's story, the title is worth buying for Smallwood's gorgeous art itself. Read Full Review

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    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Nov 2, 2021

    King, Smallwood and Cowles are wearing their influences on their sleeves. They're harkening back to old noir movies, seamlessly adding little nods to these classics into a story that feels destined to become a classic, too. King's script is engrossing, Smallwood's art is hypnotically beautiful, and Cowles' lettering sets the pace perfectly. Read Full Review

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    BGCP - Michael Lennox Nov 8, 2021

    Solving your own murder in the twelve days you have to live makes for a great comic. King and Smallwood's style stands out from the pack with a brooding, darkly humoured noir story perfect for DC Black Label. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 8, 2021

    This book is tense, effective, beautifully drawn and utterly unexpected, making it both a shock and a major success. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 2, 2021

    Smallwood brilliantly captures the noir quality of the story with art that is beautiful in its style and design. I love the classic feel to the panels and every page has some beautiful details to admire. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Ryan Fitzmartin Nov 8, 2021

    A fantastic, gorgeous noir inspired first issue of an exciting new miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Nov 2, 2021

    Here is a great comic that can lure you outside of the superhero feats with a mystery. DC Comics will get a chance to showcase its detectives with Christopher Chance in this maxi-series by King and Smallwood. The art is stunning; not overtly gritty, but still very noir. It reminds you of a timeless world that has superheroes but isn't drowning in them. Read Full Review

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    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 2, 2021

    The unpredictability of King's Black Label books is what makes them so compelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - jrhuitt Nov 3, 2021

    The Human Target #1 shows why the creation of DC's Black Label has not been quite the cluster that it sometimes seems to be. Seeing Christopher Chance having the opportunity to interact with characters as diverse as Lex Luthor and the Justice League International is definitely something to be excited about. This series has started with an excellent first issue. I can't wait to see where King and Smallwood take us in The Human Target #2 as they slowly pull the curtain on the mystery of what has happened to Christopher Chance. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 8, 2021

    The real story is the poisoning of Chance (playing Luther) earlier that morning. Was the poison meant for Luther? And, if so, who (of the villain's many, many enemies) wants him dead? That's the mystery he has only 12 days to solve before his death from a poison so exotic even the Justice League can't save him from. However, Dr. Mid-Nite does give him a lead on where the poison came from, a very interesting lead indeed. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Nov 2, 2021

    It's a shame the characterization inHuman Target falls as flat as it does, because as its heart is a solid mystery, master craftsmanship, and some of the best, most stand-out unique art on the shelves today. It's not that it's entirely missable, but rather that it doesn't give readers a reason to care about Christopher Chance's ultimate fate. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Nov 2, 2021

    The Human Target #1 kicks off a detective noir mystery that feels authentic to the 1950s in both writing and art, partly because it's almost a direct lift of a film from that time period. The narration has a hard, gumshoe edge, the dialog is snappy, and the book is visually engaging. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Nov 3, 2021

    All in all, this comic feels more like Rorschach-esque King instead of Mister Miracle-esque King and that's not a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    imderekreide Dec 4, 2021

    I expected this rating to be this much. This, right here, is absolute perfection. When Tom King is put on something obscure, he absolutely RULES. Goes to show with this introductory issue. There were moments that actually made me laugh out loud, the writing never failed to keep me immersed in the storytelling at hand, and the art by Greg Smallwood is absolutely gorgeous. I dearly hope this book keeps the momentum it has currently because if it does, this will be Mister Miracle/Vision-level of a book.

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    Toonstrack Nov 8, 2021

    Really can't fault this for anything.

    I start plenty of series and give them 1 2 or even 3 issues and see how it goes before dropping. But this? I'm in. This issue 1 was good enough to justify it.

    This is gonna be a winner me thinks. At least this first issue is.

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    omnicitycomics Nov 3, 2021

    Damn, this was a fantastic read. Before I finished the third page I knew I was going to love this. I know this may seem like I was too quick to judgement, but have you ever gotten the feeling that something you’re reading is just right? That the moment your eyes catch the artwork you know there’s no way it’s going to turn out wrong? The Human Target is exactly that. I have been very critical of Tom King as a writer over the last few years because of his time on Batman. I think I’ve been unfairly critical as his Batman run is only one aspect of his writing career and what he’s capable of. His Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow has been a perfect comic, one of the most beautiful books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. It’s his Supergi more

  • 10
    Batman Jones Nov 3, 2021

    Perfect.

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    DaloneDuarte Nov 2, 2021

    I just loved this issue. Is King becoming again the great writter we all know he really is. And I loved Smallwood's art, some beautiful drawns - and the colors make all some special. It's very, very cool to see Dr. Midnight and JLI back, when DC is already ignoring those characters. I feel that King will honor them.

  • 10

    Amazing, really amazing first Issue.

  • 9.5

    The Human Target, by Tom King and Greg Smallwood (DC)

    I had been waiting to read this run as a collection but had to gobble them up after it received a 2022 Eisner nomination for “Best New Series”. Greg Smallwood’s artwork is absolutely amazing (so clean). It was a shame he wasn’t nominated as well. Tom Smith can be kind of “hit or miss” with me. I didn’t particularly care for his Batman stuff or Omega Men. Strange Adventures was OK. On the other hand, I’ll stand by Mister Miracle as one of the best projects I’ve ever read (definitely worthy of its nine Eisner nominations). So where does that leave The Human Target? It’s a deep, character-driven, slow burn that we’re only halfway through. The first six issue more

  • 9.5
    KittyNone Nov 3, 2021

    Given King's record I'm not getting my hopes up for 12 great issues, but we've got one at least. Smallwood's art is magnificent in a Darwyn Cooke way (which is exactly right for Human Target), King keeps the non-linear storytelling to an effective minimum, and his Chris Chance is an instantly compelling bastard. I know I'm only setting myself up for disappointment, but I'm unexpectedly excited about this comic.

  • 9.5
    Stormwrath Nov 2, 2021

    A trully excelent start, fantastic writing and art

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    Afre Feb 25, 2022

    For someone with no connection to this character, this was a wonderful start. Smallwood is one of my favourite artists and King showcases how good writer he can be.

  • 9.0
    OldManComics Feb 8, 2022

    Excellent #1 as usual from Tom King. The why? It presents the character, its personality, its objectives and its problems. He also get a classic King thrope of time induced drama, which worked extremely well for me here. The set is staged, the questions are asked, now wait as the mistery unfolds. Oh and Greg Smallwood? He nails every page, cause ya'know he's the man for this exciting murder mistery.

  • 9.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Nov 7, 2021

    This was very good. I love Greg Smallwood's art, and this story is not just a repeat of the Tom King tropes, thankfully. It's something new.

  • 8.5
    Jawsh Jan 25, 2022

    Greg Smallwood really nails it.
    And how does King come up with these scenarios. Tick tock.
    We've got quite the mystery in our hands.

  • 8.5
    TSMack Nov 11, 2021

    A very intriguing first issue.

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    Quirky Genin Nov 8, 2021

    I picked up the issue. I read the issue. I put down the issue. Smallwood kills, King is predictable.

  • 8.5
    Loafy Trophy Nov 4, 2021

    If you don't like Tom King 12-issue stories, this probably won't be the one to change your mind. As someone who's a fan of King's work and his approach to storytelling, this has all the makings of another winner as we try to unravel a mystery that features the Lex Luthor and the JLI at the center. I'm a big fan of the DeMatteis/Giffen JLI run, which Smallwood and King are clearly harkening back to, so this is right up my alley. Smallwood's art absolutely shines and the vibrant, 60s pop deco colors made this one of the best looking books of the year.

  • 8.5
    DDJamesB Nov 3, 2021

    I'm very intrigued for what comes out of this series. I got it for the Smallwood art but, it felt like a good read about a character I know nothing about. Will it be Heroes in Crisis or Vision, King that finishes this out.

  • 8.5
    Mout Nov 2, 2021

    Beautiful

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    BigCliff Nov 3, 2021

    Tom King appears at his best flourishing with mysteries driven by characters who haven't been used in a "title character(s)" position for decades. Omega Men, Mr Miracle, Strange Adventures & Rorshach (though I haven't read those two books,) are all examples of this. Even with superman & Batman, a lot of his work with them are all mystery thrillers with a combination of other genres like sci-fi or horror thrown into them...Superman Up In the Sky & Heroes in Crisis. Sheriff of Babylon is another good example but you get the point. This time around he takes another swing with THE HUMAN TARGET that is seeped in the hard-boiled detective, film noir, style/premise. Similar to your Maltese Falcon's, Chinatown, etc. The only difference is that our more

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Nov 2, 2021

    not a really big fan of Tom King, but this looks like to be an interesting murder mystery. Cant wait to see how it goes

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    Merlyn Nov 2, 2021

    Again, I have to reiterate what I said on the Dark Knights of Steel review: why are some people so defensive of the writers they like? And why does that ALWAYS, always happen just with the Two Toms: King and Taylor? Bendis is getting all types of awful reactions (and deservedly so!), people don't jump to his defense though I'm pretty sure Bendis also has a lot of fans from his better days. I don't jump to the defense of Hickman even though I think he's probably the best writer in the industry. But whenever someone dares to not like something King or Taylor, people are screeching like hell. My theory is twitter plays a big part on that, the way these two radicalize their fans there is insane.

    Anyway, back to the issue at hand, I c more

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  • 8.0
    SONOFBATMANN Nov 2, 2021

    Tom King is the only writer I will continue to give more chances for redemption. My opinion on his stuff is 10x more bipolar than Bendis or Taylor combined.

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    Crimson Knight Nov 2, 2021

    I liked it but didn't love it(yet). Both Tom King and Greg Smallwood craft a beautiful while intriguing introduction for a murder mystery comic.I'm a big JLI fan so that also gives it an anticipation point. I know plenty of people will hate it out of some kind of Tom King spite but for everyone else I'd recommend you pick up the first issue and decide from there.

  • 2.5
    Dave Nov 1, 2021

    I tried to read it, but gave up about half way through , the art is pretty, but the story is unreadable

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    Dc Fan of Sorts Nov 1, 2021

    Supergirl is just Tom King ripping off True Grit and this is just D.O.A. Does Tom King not realize that people have also seen these movies. Oh yea, when he is called out on it, he will just say it's an homage! Bull!!!

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