Christopher Chance was a soldier-of-fortune, a man who would disguise himself as someone marked for death then step in front of a bullet, betting his life that his skills and mind were sharp enough not only to save his life but the life of the person that had hired him as well. People called him the Human Target, and the nickname stuck. However, no one could ever guess at the huge price Chance had to pay to become someone else. The Human Target didn't just change his looks when he assumed an identity; he also changed his thoughts and feelings, becoming the person he was trying to protect. Now, Chance is semi-retired and he has a young protégé named Tom McFadden stepping into his shoes. Only Tom is struggling with the whole Human Target gig too-struggling so much that he sometimes forgets who he is and can't remember how to be who he really is. Earl James is a militant black preacher drawing a line in the sand against the local drug dealers, headed up by Dee Noyz. Emerald is an assassin-for-hire, every bit as dedicated and driven as Christopher Chance, and she's been contracted to kill the Human Target. Christopher Chance is caught in the middle of a vicious crossfire: he wants to save himself and Tom McFadden, who feels he must save Earl James. At the same time, Chance has to stay out of the line of fire from Emerald and Dee Noyz. Chance is working against the clock. How can he find the man he trained-someone who can be anyone?Christopher Chance, the Human Target was first created back in the 1970s by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino as a series of eight-page and ten-page backup features in ACTION COMICS, DETECTIVE COMICS, and THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. Rick Springfield portrayed Chance in a seven-episode television series in the 1990s.Read more ›
I was first exposed to Peter Milligan's work when he was writing DC Vertigo's SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN, an eclectic group of stories that usually bordered on the weird. Milligan turns tail on the surreal to write this spy thriller, THE HUMAN TARGET, featuring the tale of two masters of disguise and their penchant for becoming lost in their adopted identities.Milligan does a great job of delving into the empty souls of two men who immerse themselves so fully into their assumed roles that there is little left to work with when their done. They sacrifice their own individuality to take on the dangerous jobs they're given.There's plenty of impressive cinematic action in the book thanks to the excellent work of the departed Edvin Biukovic. For a newcomer to American comics, his storytelling skills were impressive. It's a shame that this Croatian wonder passed away before his star really had a chance to shine. For Europeans, both Milligan and Biukovic show an astounding ability to relate an American story. I guess American media really IS pervasive!HUMAN TARGET is a terrific graphic novel for the adult crowd. I rank it right up there with Vertigo's recent 100 BULLETS series by awesome writer, Brian Azzarrello.
A stunning, stirring tale of identity and redemption that helped point the way towards DC's Vertigo imprint telling tales outside the arena of horror and psychodrama. This book, a revival of a 70s detective series (which also briefly saw life as an ABC television series starring Rick Springfield -- but don't hold that against the title) helped set the stage for the current "100 Bullets" series.Christopher Chance, the original Human Target, has retired. He's been replaced by his assistant -- who now believes that he *is* Christopher Chance. In the middle of all this are a minister who's lost his faith and a crime novelist who wants to make a name for her second life as an assassin.Peter Milligan and the late, much lamented Edvin Biukovic pack this book with jarring plot twists, quiet moments of humanity, and some of the most realistic action sequences I've ever seen. The artist's death from cancer robbed the comics world of one of its future superstars.
I got this comic as a present, since my wife and I enjoy the TV show. I had heard that in the comic, Christopher Chance (the main character) protects his employers by disguising himself as his employers, making himself a human target. I thought this was a ridiculous idea, however, as I started reading this comic, I quickly became interested in the main character and thought the premise was brilliant.
The movie Mission Impossible uses this idea of perfect masks to disguise someone, but in the comic, Chance not only wears a mask, but he acts like his character. He changes his voice, changes what he eats, he really becomes the person he's trying to become. After months of playing that role, he even has trouble coming back to being Christopher Chance. This is what made me very interested in the story as it became an study on one's identity.
This collection consists of two stories. The first one is a complicated story involving a black priest that tries to save a community from drugs, a house wife/ assassin that is trying to kill Chance and identity issues both in Chance and in his understudy Tom. I really liked this story. The plot kept me interested in what would happen next, while the identity issues made the story be more than just a mystery.
The second story involves actors hiring Chance to find a kidnapped kid. The kid is a child star. This story plays around with how many people in the acting world have identity issues and it is also an interesting whodunit. I liked it a lot.
With respect to the art, the art in the first story was better than the second one. I really liked the way the book looks. Biukovic was a great artist. It is sad that he died so young (he died in 1999, at the age of 30).