Human Target #4

Writer: Tom King Artist: Greg Smallwood Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 26, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 37
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With eight days left to solve his own murder, Christopher Chance tracks down his next suspect. His murderer couldn’t be Blue Beetle…could it?

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    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Feb 10, 2022

    Tom King's work for DC has been somewhat polarizing among comic fans. But some of his series are indisputably fantastic. Mister Miracle, Omega Men, and Rorschach will undoubtedly be recognized as classics. And so far, The Human Target is on course to being another classic story. Read Full Review

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    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 3, 2022

    We don't get the clue Chance is looking for to lead him in a new direction until near the end of the comic, when a drunken Ted Kord points him in the direction of another member of the JLI. However, the comic is far from fruitless as Tom King and Greg Smallwood continue to balance the nostalgia and film noir themes perfectly. There's a reckoning coming, but the journey to get there continues to be a hell of a lot of fun. I don't want this comic to end. Read Full Review

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    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Jan 25, 2022

    DC Comics'THE HUMAN TARGET #4is a celebration of days gone by. It's goofy, yet grounded. This creative team uses the tropes and language of the Silver Age to unleash all kinds of chaos onto the page, all while Chance watches with a wry smile and a stiff drink. Read Full Review

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    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 25, 2022

    Smallwood delivers some incredible art throughout this issue. The highlight of the art is the brilliant way that Smallwood shows the developing closeness between Chance and Ice through subtle visual moments like fingers intertwining. A beautiful looking issue from start to finish. Read Full Review

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    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 25, 2022

    Tom King has always experimented with other genres, but I don't think he's ever immersed himself in one like this series. This is essentially a hard-boiled noir thriller stuffed inside a story featuring some of the wackiest superheroes around. Read Full Review

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    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 25, 2022

    Its too bad King remains so focused on Batman as hes showing in Human Target that he would deliver an amazing JLI book. Read Full Review

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    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Jan 25, 2022

    The Human Target might be the noir hit of the year. While not exactly an obscure character, The Human Target has never quite been the most popular either. But with the quality that this team has put out so far, it's doing much better than we could have expected. Tom King, Greg Smallwood and Clayton Cowles have managed to pull off something amazing with The Human Target and heres to hoping they continue hitting the mark. Read Full Review

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    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Jan 25, 2022

    Human Target #4 takes the subtle route by planting seeds of doubt and misdirection for a detective story that holds up. The art is stellar, and while this version of Ted Kord is wildly out of joint for his established character, the writing is excellently executed. The character assassination of Guy Gardner in the last issue still stings, but this issue makes up for it... a little.8.5/10 Read Full Review

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    Multiversity Comics - Henry Finn Jan 31, 2022

    A great development to the story that is hitting on all cylinders. Read Full Review

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    AIPT - Christopher Franey Jan 25, 2022

    The mystery continues as another member of the JLI is being questioned, but they aren't the story's focus. Chrisotpher Chance is keeping an eye on his partner, Ice. It seems she has noticed, and she heats things up. Read Full Review

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    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jan 26, 2022

    Greg Smallwood's art remains the highlight of the series, but the writing is back to being fun... at least for now. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Feb 6, 2022

    Perhaps this will stick the landing and become legendary like Vision, or maybe it'll stumble along the way and become an ambitious but flawed experience like Omega Men. For now, this is an interesting trip, even though its title character doesn't really seem to be at the wheel. Read Full Review

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    allenquanobi Jan 25, 2022

    One of the best series out right now

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    So great

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    nastyD Jan 25, 2022

    this story is … amazing

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    Linkush Jan 25, 2022

    I really have nothing much to say besides that it's just brilliant. If you are still not reading this series then what the hell are you doing? read it.

  • 9.5
    Toonstrack Feb 10, 2022

    This is the first time I haven't given a ten on an issue, but thats a factor of how fantastic the other issues are, not how bad this one is. Because this one is so fantastic.

    It meanders a small bit. But its still got amazing dialogue and gorgeous art. Everything is impeccable here. Ted Kord is an enigma, and he knows he is. He has to be. Most billionaires are.

    But he saves people and his heart is in the right place. Mostly. This issue is mostly observational deduction from Chance, and most of it is directed at Ice. It all comes down to the brilliant ending.

    So yea. 9.5 for this. Just a little bit monotonous at the early parts. Still incredible. One of the Best series DC is putting out, easily.

  • 9.5
    Mout Jan 26, 2022

    ice ice baby

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    Skywolf Jan 25, 2022

    All you need to do is follow the art and dialogue. So simple.

  • 9.0
    DVE Jan 31, 2022

    That was sensual

  • 9.0
    Hydro-Man Jan 30, 2022

    Everything about this book is exceptional. Even the damn colors.

    Hard to believe this same writer, this same week also put out the Batman/Catwoman Special…

  • 9.0
    Loafy Trophy Jan 27, 2022

    A delight of a book. The way Smallwood's art is intertwining with King's writing is sublime. Their depiction of Chance and Ice's relationship quietly developing while traversing the country in Blue Beetle's Bug was my favorite part of the issue. The subtle glances and little touches between the two were brimming with a wonderful sexual tension that Smallwood really delivers on by the end of the issue.

  • 8.5
    Jawsh Feb 8, 2022

    Did not find this one to be as strong as some of the previous ones, but hell it was still so good.
    Mystery thickens, so many theories, the art continues to be soooooo gorgeous. Who would have thought that a HUMAN TARGET book would have been one of the best ones on the stands.

  • 8.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 30, 2022

    While I don't know if I liked how Blue Beetle was written, as it did come across as the laziest option, I did overall enjoy the issue. The beats hit well, and all the stuff with Ice was well done. Also, gotta say, if Tom King's goal was to be considered the "Best Female Character Writer," writing a woman who uses her looks to seduce men in order to gain control over them, which is how she's implied to be in this issue (and that could change, obviously), that is a bad way to go. It could so quickly, and so easily, fall into the stereotypical evil women tropes that have been present since Adam and Eve. I kind of don't think that theory holds weight.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Jan 27, 2022

    It was well written, the art is amazing but, it was a little boring in a way. Just a lot of rambling by the Beetle.

  • 7.5
    Merlyn Jan 25, 2022

    Is there an Eisner for writing the strongest female character or something like that? Because I would really like it if King won it. Dude is trying sooo hard and for so long to show he knows how to write female character and he always overpowers them to do that. Remember Catwoman beating up 3 Flashes like it was nothing? Remember Alanna Strange owning Adam Strange most of the time? Well, this is the same here, Ice is OP because King wants to be acknowledged he is the best female writer ever, so just give him a prize for it so he can cross that off his list. To his credit, he makes Ice intriguing but not because of the "oh look at her how strong she is" but through the seduction game she's playing. A lot of this comes from Smallwood's art th more

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