Human Target #5

Writer: Tom King Artist: Greg Smallwood Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 23, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 37
8.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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Christopher Chance, a.k.a. the Human Target, will be dead in a few days, but nothing will stop him from solving his own murder. His investigation into the JLI intensifies, and he sets his sights on the Martian Manhunter…but what piece does J’onn J’onzz add to the puzzle?

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Feb 22, 2022

    Yes, this is a fantastic comic book issue. But it's also a textbook example of how to communicate exposition in all the right ways. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Mar 19, 2022

    The Human Target #5 is a unique issue of this series, but in a way that makes perfect sense within the terms of the story. A telepathic battle is rather tricky to convey properly in a visual medium, but Tom King and Greg Smallwood have pulled it off beautifully. If the rest of this series maintains the quality evident in the first few issues, The Human Target will surely prove to be another Tom King classic title. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 22, 2022

    Smallwood delivers some beautiful visuals throughout the issue. The style is so perfect for the detective style of the plot and the art serves those character moments beautifully. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 22, 2022

    It can be a little hard to tell just how this all dovetails into the rest of the story, but it all comes together nicely in the finish as we get a huge clue towards the identity of the culprit"except that we're less than halfway through the story. As always, it's challenging to even hazard a guess of where King is leading us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 28, 2022

    What's obvious here is how quickly Chance and Ice have fallen for each other, as his few remaining days continue to slip away. However, that hasn't stopped him from pursuing one last mystery as the clues seem to be leading back to Ice's best-friend who may have used her feminine wiles on J'onn to help with her plan. Before the end we can see a reckoning for Chance and Ice adding another bittersweet layer to events. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Feb 22, 2022

    The Human Target #5 is a solid issue that dives into the mind and origins of our main character to update them for the modern audience. While looking at the past, a scandal was introduced that might change your mind about the JLI and its connection to this case. Good setup for the fallout! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Feb 26, 2022

    Tom King, Greg Smallwood and Clayton Cowles continue to tell and engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable story! However, it may be slightly difficult to follow on a first read, but after a second or third, all of the pieces will fit nicely together into a nice, fun and heartbreaking story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Feb 23, 2022

    How Chance can withstand a psychic assault is slowly revealed throughout the issue, with a convenient flashback. I enjoyed the jarring shifts in focus throughout the issue and how well the comic slowly reveals what's going on. The artwork remains gorgeous. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Feb 22, 2022

    The Human Target #5 is a mixed bag of interesting training to defend against mind readers and salacious details about Martian Manhunter's sex life. Surprisingly, this issue makes considerable progress towards finding out the identity of Chance's killer but you may feel like you need to take a bath afterward. If nothing else, Smallwood's art is top-notch. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 22, 2022

    This issue could be the turning point in a bad way for whats been with one exception, a series that has been a pleasant surprise. If this is the direction going forward, my interest in staying on The Human Target will be waning. Read Full Review

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