Human Target (2nd Series)

 HUT2   (Vertigo, 2003-2005)

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If Moore, Gaiman, and Morrison are The Beatles, Stones, and Who of the British comics invasion, then Peter Milligan is The Kinks: prolific, crafty, intelligent, and rewarding deeper exploration, even as he flies lower on the radar than his more flamboyant colleagues. His latest gem is the new Human Target series, picking up from his earlier 1998 revival of the back-page DC character from the mid-í70s. With #2, he serves notice that this will be as edgy and controversial a series as the American comics market has seen, with only the thinnest veneer of fantasy as a safety net.

The Human Target is Christopher Chance, a freelance adventurer who makes his money impersonating people in danger and using his skills to turn the tables on the menace. Here, Chance finds himself drawn into a web of corporate intrigue, blackmail, and murder, centered on a survivor of the World Trade Center disaster who faked his own death. Milliganís treatment of Sept. 11 and the perspective he infuses into his amoral cast of characters are certain to raise eyebrows, but this tough-minded approach is critical to the impact of the story.

If not for Milliganís literary excellence, the presence of Javier Pulidoís art would alone be a good reason to collect Human Target. Pulido, recently seen in the pages of Catwoman, is a master of the new DC house style of clean, simple storytelling, well-spotted blacks, and expressionist backgrounds. The spirit of Alex Toth hangs heavy over these pages, and thatís never a bad thing.

The political context of Human Target is bound to leave some people howling with rage. But the quality of the product ensures no one will find fault with this book as an example of outstanding, intelligent, and mature graphic fiction.

ó Rob Salkowitz

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#1

  10/1/2003
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 Peter MilliganJavier Pulido

#2

  11/1/2003
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 Peter MilliganJavier Pulido

#3

  12/1/2003
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 Peter MilliganJavier Pulido

#4

  1/1/2004
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 Peter MilliganJavier Pulido

#5

  2/1/2004
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 Peter MilliganJavier Pulido

#6

  3/1/2004
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 Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

#7

  4/1/2004
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 Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

#8

  5/1/2004
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 Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

#9

  6/1/2004
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 Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

#10

  7/2/2004
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 Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

#11

  8/3/2004
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 Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

#12

  9/1/2004
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 Peter MilliganJavier Pulido

#13

  10/5/2004
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 Peter MilliganJavier Pulido

#14

  11/6/2004
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 Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

#15

  12/7/2004
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 Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

#16

  1/1/2005
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 Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

#17

  2/1/2005
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 Peter MilliganCameron Stewart

#18

  3/1/2005
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 Peter MilliganJavier Pulido

#19

  4/1/2005
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 Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

#20

  5/2/2005
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 Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

#21

  6/3/2005
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Final issuePeter MilliganCliff Chiang

Book #1

 
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Collects #1-4; ca. 2004Peter MilliganJavier Pulido

Book #2

 
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Collects #6-10; ca. 2004Peter MilliganCliff Chiang

Deluxe Set #1

 
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Collects Human Target (2nd Series) #1-10; ca. 2011Peter MilliganCliff Chiang, Javier Pulido