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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563896931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563896934
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Griffen on October 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason R. Tippitt on September 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dean on August 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Human Target is a top notch piece of visual storytelling. It's a powerful tale about identity and personal redemption told in graphic novel form and these themes are explored in varying degrees with each character in the tale. Peter Milligan does a wonderful job fleshing out his characters and providing a plot that's a real page-turner. The late Edvin Biokivuc provides some wonderful illustrations that are not only a joy to look at, but also enhance Milligan's tale. You can't go wrong with this book...give it a look!
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