Human Target #6 Review

Reviewed by: Mathan Erhardt
Story Title: For I Have Sinned

Written by: Peter Milligan
Penciled & Inked by: Cliff Chiang
Colored by: Lee Loughridge
Lettered by: Clem Robins
Editor: Karen Berger
Published: Vertigo/DC Comics.

I have been reading comic books for years. I collect 21 titles monthly, not including various miniseries and one shots. My collections runs in the thousands. I state all this not to brag, but so that you will take the next sentence very literally. Human Target #6 is the best single issue I have read in a very long time.

This isn’t to say that comics are in a slump, but rather to say that this is an exceptional issue. This issue has no flaws. This is as good as comic books get.

Christopher Chance is a guy whose job is to impersonate others. People turn to him when they feel threatened. He takes their life and their problems. He solves the problems and gives back the life. It’s a pretty interesting concept.

This issue is about a dying man’s request, a priest that needs protection, faith, and a crime that makes you wonder who the victim really is. I should point out that this is a Vertigo book, so there is no black or white, just shades of gray.

I didn’t go into too much detail, because I don’t want to spoil the issue for anyone who wants to pick it up. I was enthralled by the issue. I read it so fast that I probably missed hints as to the ending, but I needed to see how things turned out. When the dust had settled by mouth was agape.

Milligan is responsible for the great pacing and writing. Perhaps I should have been looking to my right but he distracted me on my left. Christopher Chance is an extremely well developed character. You really feel his inner turmoil throughout the story. In the end you understand his actions, whether or not you agree with it.

Chiang blows my socks off wherever his work appears. His art slayed me in last year’s “Beware the Creeper” miniseries. So when I read that he would be sharing art duties with Javier Pulido I knew this book was going to be on my list. Chiang tells an excellent story visually. Every emotion is portrayed perfectly. Rage, relief, disgust, and fear are all captured in Chiang’s work. He is a talented artist.

Buy this book. It is the best book to come out this week, month, or year. Buy this book.