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The Human Target #11 (of 12)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

It’s been 11 days since he was poisoned on a mission that went sideways and Christopher Chance has finally solved his own murder.

But is it too late to save himself?!

The penultimate chapter to the Eisner-nominated series will leave readers stunned!

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31 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 98

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A sublime, slow burn of a story that brilliantly engages the reader from the first few moments and sets a great narrative tone throughout. The story is intense and immersive with King connecting the reader with the characters in ways that make them come off the page. I love this series and this issue is a wonderful way to steer the reader towards the finale as it ends with one hell of a cliffhanger.

    The Art: Smallwood delivers on every page page and with every panel. The art is as immersive as the story and there are pages that make you feel like you’re there with the characters.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    With one issue to go, we’re left with a brutal cliffhanger that reminds me more of Brubaker’s style than King’s usual style. And I am feeling the tension with only twenty pages to go.

  • 93

    Comic Watch

    The Human Target doesn’t miss. Every single issue of this series has been compelling and expertly crafted by Tom King, Greg Smallwood and Clayton Cowles. The story is excellent, the art is amazing and the lettering is astoundingly great. This is one of the best comics DC is publishing and I can’t wait for what the finale is going to bring!

  • 90


    With the mystery solved, The Human Target #11 offers time for conversation, contemplation, regret, and pain (and there’s plenty of that on tap for the final few pages). Chance offers no incrimination on Ice’s narrative explaining the series of events which led her here, finally at peace with his journey (even if she is not). I’d never thought of these two characters together but Tom King and Greg Smallwood have made it impossible to ever think of them separately. I’ll be sad to see this end.

  • 85


    With The Human Target #11, Tom King and Greg Smallwood craft an issue that shows how passion can complicate life and death. Christopher Chance finally sees beyond the mystery and seeks a deeper meaning. Ice can’t accept her pending loss. The creative team gives us a tale that showcases these hurting hearts.

  • 80

    The penultimate issue of The Human Target reveals Christopher Chance’s true murderer, along with showing his last day with Ice. It’s fair to say that this issue is the Ice spotlight, with Ice’s post-resurrection motivations being dug into in more detail than what we saw in the second issue. To be honest, the duo-chrome coloring in the flashbacks were a bit of a detriment, I felt like they actually muddled the flashback sequences a bit. Outside of this coloring nitpick, I thought it was interesting how the meandering mystery turned from identifying the murderer’s identity to determining why… Chance got so wrapped up in messy personal connections while solving the case. That is basically the last question to be answered – how much of this is Chance being manipulative and deceptive (as is par for him in his Human Target business) and how much of this is Chance being genuinely messy. The finale will be interesting to read, especially given the ambiguous last page.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    The Human Target #11 treads water, waiting for the series to end. It’s beautiful, engaging water treading, but it’s still water treading, leaving you to conclude King got 12 issues to tell a 6-issue story.

  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    For the penultimate installment of the maxi-series, writer Tom King finally gets to the point of 11 issues of build-up. The tricky thing with too many of King’s series is he wastes too much time establishing and doubling down on the tone that the story doesn’t progress enough. (…) This wasn’t the normal slog that so much of this series has been, but it still managed to feel too little too late in terms of making The Human Target a worthwhile and compelling mystery.

  • 20

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

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About the Author: Tom King

Tom King has emerged as a beacon of narrative brilliance in the comic book world, weaving tales that resonate deeply with both long-time enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With a unique blend of emotional depth and complex storytelling, King’s work has redefined what it means to engage with the medium of comics. From his groundbreaking run on “Batman” to the introspective “Mister Miracle,” King’s portfolio is a testament to his ability to explore the human condition through the lens of the superhero genre.

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Tom King‘s contributions to the comic book world have not gone unnoticed, earning him multiple Eisner Awards and solidifying his status as one of the most influential writers of his generation. As he continues to push the boundaries of comic book storytelling, King’s legacy is that of a visionary who reminds us that at the heart of every superhero story lies a deeply human tale waiting to be told.

For those who seek to explore the depths of narrative artistry within the comic book genre, Tom King‘s body of work offers a rich, introspective journey into the soul of modern heroism, proving that within the fantastical, the most profound truths of our existence can be found.

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