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Human Target #1

Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2003
By: Paul Brian McCoy



ďTo Be FrankĒ

Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Javier Pulido

Publisher: DC/Vertigo

Plot:
Frank White, producer of extremely violent films, is being stalked by the mysterious Mr. Smith. Our hero, Christopher Chance, is apparently dead, so whoís going to protect White from Smith? Who indeed.

Comments:
I thought I had this issue figured out early. And it turns out I did, but once what I expected to happen happened, Milligan turned it all on its head and surprised me. Did you follow that? Okay, lets continue. Milligan has such a very good hold on this character (Christopher Chance, just to be clear), that I canít wait to see where he takes this series. To be honest, Iím a little worried about the longevity of this title. A series of minis seems to be more appropriate for the type of story that Milligan is telling. From the looks of the last few pages, he is going to be focusing on characters who want to disappear. This is interesting; especially with that final full page shot that closes the book. Milliganís whole career has been built around oddball characters on the fringes of society, and the journeys of self-awareness that these people go on; from Shade to Enigma to Skin to Rogan Gosh to X-Statix, not to mention all the others. Hopefully he will be given enough room to run with this character.

Artistically, Pulidoís style is a little outside of my usual tastes. Itís good, donít get me wrong. Itís just that I usually like a little more realism for a story like this. The art is reminiscent of a lot of newer ďclassicĒ styles by people whose names I donít know, because I donít read those titles. It doesnít have the energy or level of detail of Allred, but is similar in approach and characterization. Does that make any sense? Do you know what I mean? Anyway, the art isnít my usual cup of tea but it works. I like it.

Final Word:
Iíve been hoping for a Milligan Vertigo series for years. Now Iíve got it and Iím going to enjoy it. You should too. This is about what comics can do, not what theyíve already done.



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