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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 364

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we take a look at Peter Milligan and Edvin Biukovic’s classic Human Target mini-series from 1999….


The story in this series was strong, and Milligan basically riffed on the ideas he presents in this mini-series for a long time in his future Human Target stories (which were also very good), but as good as the story was, I think the thing most people would take away from this mini-series was how talented Edvin Biukovic was, and it is a real tragedy that it has been over a decade since he passed away.

As you may or may not know, the basic concept of Human Target (who was created by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino, by the way) is that Christopher Chance disguises himself as people who are targets of assassination, kidnapping, etc. and when the bad guys come for their target, Chance is waiting there to take them down. It’s a very strong high concept.

Well, as the mini-series begins, it appears as though Milligan is playing it relatively straight, just executed very well (with brilliant action-packed storytelling by Biukovic)…

Wasn’t that just amazing?

But then the twist shows up when a mysterious masked client Chance turned down earlier in the comic shows up again to save Chance’s life from a female assassin…

Come on, how could you not want to read the rest of this mini-series after that?!

The whole series was collected into a trade paperback, but just this year, it was collected into a second trade (along with the follow-up graphic novel, by Milligan and and the brilliant Javier Pulido) called Chance Meetings. So go buy that!


Such terrific art from the late Edvin Biukovic.

He did two great GRENDEL TALES mini-series prior to the HUMAN TARGET.

He’s been missed.

picked up the trade and have to admit human target should have had a longer run it was good. espically the shock on chris twos face when the real chris shows up and wants his life back.

One of my favorite comics, like, ever. One of Milligan’s best works.

Great, great story, and yes, absolutely stunning art. Biukovic was truly a genius.

Yup. I got nothing but love for Milligan and Human Target.

At the risk of coming off as self-aggrandizing, I’ve been working on write-ups for this series on my personal blog. I wrote about this first issue here:


Mr. B.C.: I wanted to thank you for such an interesting year of daily columns for the third year in a row.
I can’t imagine the amount of work/research that you’d have to put into this type of column each day.
I definitely won’t blame you at all, if you decided not to repeat yourself next year in 2011.
I wouldn’t mind you doing another year of cool characters in comics, though that might prove a bit more challenging as there’s thousands of characters to pick and choose from.

At any rate, thank-you.
Have a happy new year!

Just bought the back issues of this series a couple of months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved Biukovic’s art and had no idea he had passed away. What a shame, his art is phenomenal throughout the series.

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