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The Human Target #9 (of 12)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

Christopher Chance has only a few days left to solve his own murder.

His investigation has been bumpy to say the least, but will the murder of Guy Gardner finally catch up to the Human Target and end his search before the poison ends his life?

Once Batman learns of his ex-teammates, disappearance, can anything stop the Dark Knight from uncovering the truth?

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32 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Graham Crackers Comics

    A Cat and Mouse game without the Cat! Christopher Chance is dead but it’s only day 9. But with the help of Doctor Mid-Nite and Ice, Chance is back for his 3 remaining days. And now the chase is on as he realizes that there is one man who could see through his Guy Gardner scam. The Batman! Where is he? What disguise is he wearing? When will he swoop in to take the Human Target into custody? Better than a Where’s Waldo? See if you can spot the Batman. Or you can figure out the astounding plot twist at the end of this chapter! No spoilers but this one is a doosie!

  • 95

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: King delivers a brilliantly complex story that taps into Chance’s fear in a way that made me anticipate a meeting that did not go at all how I expected it to and made it infinitely better. There is a palpable fear throughout the story and an anticipation that you feel along with the character. I love how this issue plays out moment to moment and comes to a brilliant ending.
    The Art: Smallwood continues to dazzle with a classic art style that is consistently impressive.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This continues to be one of DC’s best books, jacking up the tension each and every issue as Christopher Chance edges closer and closer to his inevitable death. (…) Chance and Ice started out as a pastiche of noir romances, but it’s evolved into something very different—a passionate story of exactly what love means when only days are remaining. And just when you think you know what’s going on, the last page delivers one last wild twist that leaves you guessing what you do and don’t know. Fantastic stuff.

  • 90

    After eight issues of The Human Target playing it cool, we finally get to see Christopher Chance one-upped. Chance is a paranoid mess, as his cover-up of Guy’s death has attracted some undue attention. This issue shows Chance on the run and really puts his smarmy flaws on display. While the cool and collected facade has been shown off all mini-series, it was great to see Chance lose his unflappability at the hint of Batman. Best issue of the series to date.

  • 90


    With all the talks with various members of the JLI, there’s a character that hasn’t been shown or mentioned. A detective who could have helped with Chance‘s investigation. Although we don’t see him here, the Dark Knight Detective is on Chance’s mind as he’s sure Batman is tracking the Human Target and Ice ready at any moment to swoop down for the death of Guy Gardner.
    But we don’t get Batman. What wo do get, aside from the paranoia, is the truth of Ice finally learning of Chance’s condition and his limited amount of time left on Earth. Despite the hurt and lies, and his fevered paranoia, the pair, now fully honest with each other for the first time, enjoy the fourth day left Chance has on Earth. But what else is waiting for them?

  • 85


    How often should you look over your shoulder when you’re a master of disguise? That number will increase when the Dark Knight Detective is hunting you. Or maybe it’s the guilt? Tom King and Greg Smallwood bring their best example of suspense to put the Human Target through the wringer.

  • 65

    Weird Science DC Comics

    The Human Target #9 appears to be waiting. Chance is waiting to die, and this series isn’t doing much else besides waiting along with him. In fairness, the character moments are strong, and Smallwood’s art is next level, but unless King comes up with a bait-and-switch revelation, this series has turned into a very lovely waiting room.

  • 50

    Lyles Movie Files

    Greg Smallwood’s art remains the shining beacon in this series. Smallwood’s emotive characters and smooth layouts effectively tell this story at times better than King’s dialogue.
    King throws in a random twist at the end that seems far-fetched but offers the chance to salvage the story to a degree.
    Human Target maintains its methodical, uneventful pace that largely calls for readers to get invested in two mostly unlikable characters crafted with gorgeous art.

  • 50

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