Human Target Vol. 1: Strike Zones

May 3, 2004 | Trades


Human Target Vol. 1: Strike Zones
Peter Milligan, Javier Pulido
Vertigo/DC Comics
$15.25/$9.95 US (Paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

Human Target is the story of Christopher Chance, the ultimate decoy, how he assumes people’s lives at the risk of his own.
So what took DC Comics so long to realize that this character is a natural for its Vertigo line of comics targeted, if you’ll pardon the pun, at adults?
The Human Target has been around for decades, but not even creators Len Wein and Carmine Infantino could have imagined the dark, brutal world scripter Peter Milligan (X-Force) and artist Javier Pulido have built for the re-launch of this character.
While this book initially smacks of 100 Bullets, the brilliant Vertigo crime-noir comic by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, it quickly finds its own pace.
The opening chapter re-establishes Chance: who he is and why he does this seemingly crazy job. This is followed by two brief two-part tales, the first a story of a man who faked his own death during the 9/11 attacks who needs Chance’s help to right a wrong; the second the story of the suicide of one of the brightest stars in the major leagues that leads to Chance in disguise on the field to figure out why he did it.
Strike Zones is an intelligent read full of twists and turns that rescues a forgotten character from obscurity and raises him up to a new level.

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