Human Target #2

Writer: Tom King Artist: Greg Smallwood Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 1, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 51
9.3Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

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Christopher Chance now has 11 days to solve his own murder. With almost no leads, it would seem the case of his own death has gone cold…but it’s about to get a whole lot colder. Enter Ice, former member of Justice League International, arriving at Chance’s office with some unexpected information…and mysterious intentions.

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Nov 30, 2021

    You can try not to love this comic. You can try not to fall in love with all of its characters. But ultimately, THE HUMAN TARGET is going to reel you in. That's just what this comic does. Read Full Review

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    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 30, 2021

    The Human Target #2 shows Christopher Chance starting his investigation of the Justice League International. Ice makes for a good, calm opening into the case, but the team has a wide variety of personalities. Each is likely to require a different approach. I look forward to seeing how Chance fares with each of them over the rest of the series. Read Full Review

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    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 9, 2021

    Ice, rather than Fire, is an interesting choice for this role which seems far removed from her role within the JLI but still fits within the established character while offering something new. She mesmerizes Chance who notes both her coldness and the warmth of her charms. Chance accepts Ice's help, and a late reveal gives an interesting spin on their entire day together, but our dying hero can't help but speculate if he's already met his killer. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Matt Sherman Nov 30, 2021

    This story can definitely be labeled as a noir, despite how colorful and beautiful every page looks. Coming from someone who generally isnt super into mysteries, this book delivers a fascinating story that is hard to put down from page to page. Between the writing and the art, the tone of this story delivers and everything feels emotionally real, proving Tom King and Greg Smallwood are the perfect team for this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Dec 2, 2021

    In the end, there's so much to say about Human Target #2 that I think the only way to truly understand it is to go and check it out yourself. Tom King and Greg Smallwood are a match made in heaven, and it's as close to perfect of an issue as you can hope for from mainstream comics. I anxiously await the next installment in a way I haven't felt since the last time Tom King made me feel it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - jrhuitt Dec 2, 2021

    THE STORY:In The Human Target #2, Tom King begins to pull back the curtain and starts laying the groundwork for where the story will go.  With only eleven days left before his death, Christopher Chance receives an unexpected visitor in the form of a member of the Justice League International.  The League member gives Chance someone to spend the day with, while also allowing him to investigate exactly what the Doctor Midnight told the team.  The thing that I enjoyed the most about this issue from a story perspective is how laid back and calm it was.  There isn't a single time when a villain every raises their head to cause Chance any problems, but that isn't missed at all. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 30, 2021

    It's another very strong start from one of the industry's best writers. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 30, 2021

    Smallwoods art is perfect for this story. The style of the art is beautifully classic with a great color pallet and focus on character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Nov 30, 2021

    Human Target #2 is a sharp, clean, clever homage to classic detective cinema with one of the better introductions of an unexpected femme fatale you'll likely see in recent memory. Smallwood's art is phenomenal, and the surprise twist at the end shows exactly why Christopher Chance may give Batman some competition for World's Greatest Detective. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 30, 2021

    I'm still leery, but King's script hasn't disappointed and Smallwood's art easily justifies staying locked on Human Target. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Nov 30, 2021

    The Human Target #2 is an attractive dance between two characters that will entice you, but you'll discover hidden agendas by the end. The story drives Chance's mission, and we learn how the JLI are connected to Luthor. Now the question is, why the lies? All that wrapped up in alluring art and color will keep you on the case. The only thing missing from this issue is some soft jazz. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Christian Hoffer Dec 1, 2021

    While the comic moves at a slow pace, it feels more significant and deliberate than King's previous mystery comic Rorschach. Smallwood's art is also fantastic " the bright coloring (which invokes the bright superheroes of the 1980s and early 1990s) really contrasts with the murder mystery plot of the comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 1, 2021

    The Human Target #2 is an entertaining issue diving deep into what makes noir both fun and cheesy. The issue was just shy of Chance having a voice over about “dames” and how they would “get him killed”. As a single issue, the comic is all about its style and look but as a whole, it's pointing to a tale that should be entertaining for fans of the genre. Read Full Review

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