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The Human Target #10 (of 12)

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Based on 10 critic ratings.

The gorgeous, Eisner-nominated series continues!

With only 48 hours left to unmask his murderer before he drops dead, the pieces are finally falling into place for Christopher Chance.

But before he can solve his own killing, he must deal with the consequences of Guy Gardner’s.

Enter G’nort and the Green Lantern Corps!

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35 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 97

    Major Spoilers

    All in all, even with my complaints about the way the issue is paced, The Human Target #10 is still a pretty amazing comic book issue, featuring inspired visuals on every page and a story that takes the DCU to an unexpectedly realistic level, earning 5 out of 5 stars overall. The final chapters of this series can’t go where they seemed to be hinting any longer, so I’m heavily invested in seeing the way it shakes down. (Money on the table: Chance actually dies, 30/70 odds.)

  • 95

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: King crafts another brilliant chapter in this series with a story filled with great tension, humor and revelations. I love how broad and engaging the story continues to be. King crafts some great character moments between Chance and G’Nort and I loved the confrontation between Chance and Guy because of how well King utilizes Chance’s abilities. The final moments of the issue are filled with great tension and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

    The Art: Smallwood continues to deliver some beautifully detailed and wonderfully compelling imagery throughout the issue. I love the style of the visuals and how they convey the emotion of the scene.

  • 91

    Comic Watch

    The Human Target is the noir mystery of the year. Tom King, Greg Smallwood and Clayton Cowles have put together an excellent story full of drama, some action and a lot of romance. For a character that hasnt been used in any capacity in years, this is definitely one of the best stories he could have gotten. While I dont expect this to be a complete revival of the character, I surely would love to see more new stories about his exploits and how he interacts with the further superhero community.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    King and Smallwood are not a creative team you’d associate with sci-fi, which is why the segments on Oa are so impressive this issue. The idea that the Guardians are essentially spying on the entire universe, keeping dossiers on everyone alive, is kind of creepy but fascinating. The segment where Chance spies on his own dossier is fantastic, but that’s not the one he’s here for. Not only does he get the answers he’s looking for and escape—using an unconventional method to escape a hostile Guardian—but he gets the information he needs to piece together the case. With two issues left, and a whole lot of twists along the way, King proves that he knows his noir tropes inside and out. No matter what story you’re telling, there’ll always be a patsy—and there will always be a mastermind. I can see the resolution here being controversial, but King has definitely set us up for a dramatic finish.

  • 85


    This is a great issue featuring a wild teamup between a serious character and a goofball. Chance learns quite a bit, and it’ll have you questioning characters’ motives as Tom King and Greg Smallwood bring G’Nort in for an appearance. Man’s best friend indeed!

  • 80


    With G’Nort you know there’s going to be plenty of humor, but the mystery and investigation continues to drive the comic. Although we get to see Chance out play Gardner once again, we don’t see what information Guy gave him. Instead we jump forward teasing us with a conversation between Chance and Ice just as the time of his third-to-last day on Earth comes to a close.

  • 70

    G’Nort gets the Human Target treatment, but he’s surprisingly not the biggest chump of this issue. Christopher Chance starts to dig into Guy Gardner’s alleged death with the help of everyone’s favorite Green Lantern G’Nort. It’s a bit of a convenient issue, but it does set up a twist that was pretty obvious a few issues ago and gets us that much closer to Chance’s actual killer. While this issue fell into the pratfalls that have weakened the series as a whole, it sets up a very interesting pair of final issues.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Human Target #10 is a gorgeous, well-constructed issue that goes nowhere and does nothing important. Smallwood’s art is fantastic, and the dialog between diverse characters is mildly amusing, but the plot is at a dead stop.

  • 60

    Lyles Movie Files

    The closer Tom King gets to the end of a series the more trouble he has in creating a satisfying conclusion. With three issues remaining in The Human Target, it feels like King is spinning his wheels trying to make sense of what he actually wants to do with this series.
    As ever the title’s saving grace is the magnificent art from Greg Smallwood.

    Smallwood has such a spectacular command of character expressions that they frequently tell the story without the need for much dialogue.

    Another month, another aimless installment of The Human Target. There’s just a couple of issues left of this series. I’m very curious to see how King can cobble together an ending that will make this maxi-series feel like it was worth the year plus long investment.

  • 20

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