Human Target #12

Writer: Tom King Artist: Greg Smallwood Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 1, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 27
8.2Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

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Christopher Chance has spent the last 12 days trying to solve his own murder, with the list of suspects comprising the Justice League International. Did a hero really attempt to kill Lex Luthor? Could the Human Target have miscalculated? Is it too late to save his life?!

  • 10
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 6, 2023

    It's a fitting end that still leaves you wanting, yearning, for more, but I'm tremendously grateful for what we were given. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 28, 2023

    Smallwood delivers some beautiful, brilliantly detailed and emotional art in the issue. The visuals are stunning and deliver on the style and tone King brings out in the dialogue and plot. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 28, 2023

    This series is obviously out of continuity, as its takes on the JLI are pretty far from what we'd expect. Everyone is a little more twisted, a little more corrupt. A fan of the classic comic could be turned off by that, but when you think of it as a noir story using these characters as a jumping-off point for an Elseworlds, it works brilliantlyjust like many of King's past works. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Feb 28, 2023

    The Human Target was a somber and beautiful ride from start to finish. With amazing storytelling, art and letters by Tom King, Greg Smallwood and Clayton Cowles, this stands as yet another Black Label Classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Feb 28, 2023

    Tom King and Greg Smallwood's The Human Target wraps up, and the spotlight goes to Ice. If you're a fan of hers, check out this issue you'll understand why revenge is a dish best served cold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Christian Hoffer Mar 1, 2023

    Honestly, I think that's what made this ending stick in a way that other Tom King-written series have failed to do the comic feels like it headed towards its natural conclusion in a bittersweet way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 2, 2023

    Greg Smallwood hits yet another unqualified home run with his art and coloring, while Tom King proves once again that he is absolutely terrible at endings.Still worth your time, if you've come this far. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Feb 28, 2023

    The Human Target #12 finishes the run with a mild plot twist and a final act to end the story with typical Tom King hallmarks. The character work is bizarre, and the final resolution comes at least five issues too late, but Small wood's art is mesmerizing. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 28, 2023

    The final page seems to suggest some happy ending, but again King misses the point. His version of the JLI arent heroes. Theyre pretty loathsome, flawed characters who arent engaging or remotely likable. In the end, King managed to take out Human Target, but the character assassination on the JLI was the far greater tragedy. Read Full Review

  • 10
    motorik Mar 8, 2023

    Sticks the landing beautifully.

    One of best stories King has done.

  • 10
    Brannon.44 Mar 1, 2023

    Overall an amazing series. Ending was solid and it had some truly stellar issues throughout.

  • 10
    Toonstrack Mar 1, 2023

    Tom King has done it yet again.

    Must read series.

    Not even gonna spoil anything about this issue just read it.

  • 9.5
    Afre Mar 2, 2023

    A successful finale to a great series. Nothing more needs to be said.

  • 9.5
    MoonyLoony Feb 28, 2023

    A beautiful issue that delivers closure for one of King’s best written characters. It’s rare to see a title character take the back seat in their own series. This issue closes with a somber and heartfelt victory for both Christopher Chance & Ice.

  • 9.0
    Jawsh Mar 29, 2023

    What can happen when you aren't tied to the constraints of continuity.

  • 9.0
    Loafy Trophy Mar 2, 2023

    I think King sticks the landing and the last couple pages are just about perfect. This title really embraced the fact that it's Black Label and we're all better for it.

    I really just want to gush about Smallwood one more time. His art on this book has been nothing short of impeccable and I cannot wait to read what he does next. He's a superstar.

    Also, if you haven't checked out his threads on his artistic process get on it:

  • 9.0
    Linkush Mar 1, 2023

    Modern Classic.

  • 9.0
    KittyNone Feb 28, 2023

    You could complain, if you like, about King & Smallwood making Ice, of all characters, a femme fatale. But given that King has always struggled to write any female character — even Supergirl! — without slouching into noir cliches, I don't know what to tell you if you come to Tom King writing a full-fledged noir comic expecting anything else. And given the ending, this is unambiguously out of continuity and can reasonably be read as an Elseworlds comic, even these days when what does and doesn't count is not as clear-cut as it was back in the days of Elseworlds.

    So let's take it on its own terms, because taken on its own terms, this is definitely King's most successful work. This is in no small part because of incredible work more

  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Mar 10, 2023

    a satisfying and solid conclusion to this series. Tom King may be polarizing and controversial, but when he lands the ending, it really works.

  • 8.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Mar 3, 2023

    I'm left whelmed by this ending. It's what we expected, no doubt. The main star here is Smallwood, who continues to deliver to the very last page. I was much more hyped on this series in its first half, but I felt its second half has dragged a bit, and again, the story mostly plays out exactly how you expect. Sometimes it's not about that, it's about the experience. And the experience is good. Just not as amazing as I would hope, given this series' praise.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Mar 1, 2023

    A touching yet, simple ending to a pretty stellar series. Smallwood made the series must see, and King didn't piss me off. I consider this a solid win.

  • 5.0
    thecimmerian Feb 28, 2023

    Another Tome King deconstruction story with plenty of character assassination comes to an end.

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