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Human Target Vol. 2: Living in Amerika

Human Target Vol. 2: Living in Amerika
By Peter Milligan (writer) and Cliff Chiang (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released December 2004

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401204198

Synopsis from publisher:

The second collection of VERTIGO’s gripping, Harvey-nominated series (reprinting #6-10) follows Christoper Chance across America. From the wages of sin and redemption in Boston; to the remnants of ’60s radicalism in the mid-West; to a favor to a friend in Los Angeles, Chance comes face-to-shifting-face with the religion, politics, and anything-but-casual sex.

Notes:

This publication is the fourth and final in a series reprinting various Human Target comic books. This is the second installment of the first Human Target ongoing series. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang.

The Human Target series continued on until issue #21 in 2005. Peter Milligan remained as the writer for the entire run. Javier Pulido and Cliff Chiang alternated as series artist: Pulido illustrated issues #11 to #13 and #18, and Chiang illustrated issues #14 to #16 and #19 to #21. Cameron Stewart filled in for issue #17. These issues have yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Human Target #6 (2004)
  2. Human Target #7 (2004)
  3. Human Target #8 (2004)
  4. Human Target #9 (2004)
  5. Human Target #10 (2004)

Human Target Vol. 1: Strike Zones

Human Target Vol. 1: Strike Zones
By Peter Milligan (writer) and Javier Pulido (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released May 2004

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Cover price: $9.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401202098

Synopsis from publisher:

A new soft cover collecting the first five issues of the acclaimed series. Christopher Chance has left L.A. for New York City, but his strange career as a professional assassin decoy continues to blur the boundaries between illusion and reality, leaving him ever more uncertain about who he really is — and how much that really matters.

Notes:

This publication is the third in a series reprinting various Human Target comic books. This is the first installment of the first Human Target ongoing series. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Javier Pulido.

Reprints:

  1. Human Target #1 (2003)
  2. Human Target #2 (2003)
  3. Human Target #3 (2003)
  4. Human Target #4 (2004)
  5. Human Target #5 (2004)

Human Target: Final Cut

Human Target: Final Cut
By Peter Milligan (writer) and Javier Pulido (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released June 2002

Soft cover edition:
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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563899043

Hard cover edition:
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Cover price: $29.95
Format: hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563898896

Synopsis from publisher:

In the psychological thriller HUMAN TARGET: FINAL CUT, Christopher Chance, a unique bodyguard that assumes the identity of the person that he is protecting, finds himself caught in a tangled web of Hollywood deceit, drugs and duplicity. While posing as an elderly film actor, the Human Target successfully takes down and kills the man who has been extorting aging thespians. But when Chance learns that the extortionist has also kidnapped a child actor, the master of disguise must impersonate his dead victim in order to find the boy before he dies of starvation. Entering into a world of veiled loyalties and shattered dreams, Chance looks to have taken on his final role as he slips dangerously deep into his fake identity and begins to lose his own sense of self. SUGGESTED FOR MATURE READERS.

Notes:

This publication is the second in a series of various Human Target comic books. This is the original graphic novel Human Target: Final Cut. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Javier Pulido.

Reprints: N/A

Human Target

Human Target
By Peter Milligan (writer) and Edvin Biukovic with Tim Bradstreet (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released August 2000

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Cover price: $12.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563896931

Synopsis from publisher:

Christopher Chance has made a living off of making himself a human target. A master of disguise, he cunningly takes on the appearance and persona of men and women with contracts out against them. But when a routine assignment to impersonate an African-American minister with a bounty on his head goes south, Chance is soon caught between a lethal assassin and a vicious gang war. As this psychological thriller takes the reader through a roller coaster of unexpected twists and turns, it is soon discovered that it is Chance himself with a price on his head and the only way he can survive is to solve this deadly mystery.

Notes:

This publication is the first in a series reprinting various Human Target comic books. This collects the first Human Target mini-series. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Edvin Biukovic. The cover was painted by Tim Bradstreet.

A one-shot special from 1991 called The Human Target (subtitled The Mack Attack Contract), by writer Mark Verheiden and artists Rick Burchett and Dick Giordano, pre-dates the contents of this publication and has yet to be reprinted. The special was published to promote the ABC television series  starring Rick Springfield that was based on the character.

Before that, the character appeared in back-up stories in various issues of Action Comics in the early 1970s, and later in back-up stories in various issues of Brave and the Bold as well as Detective Comics in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Those stories have yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Human Target #1 (1999)
  2. Human Target #2 (1999)
  3. Human Target #3 (1999)
  4. Human Target #4 (1999)

Rogan Gash: Star of the East

Rogan Gash: Star of the East
By Peter Milligan (writer) and Brendan McCarthy (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released 1994

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Cover price: $6.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891433

Synopsis:
Rogan Gosh, a psychedelic super-hero tale, is regarded as Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy’s finest work.

Notes:

This publication reprints the “Rogan Gash” stories originally published in the British anthology Revolver from Fleetway Publications. DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint collected the stories into a single publication in 1994. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Brendan McCarthy.

Reprints:

  1. Revolver #1 (1990) (Rogan Gash story only)
  2. Revolver #2 (1990) (Rogan Gash story only)
  3. Revolver #3 (1990) (Rogan Gash story only)
  4. Revolver #4 (1990) (Rogan Gash story only)
  5. Revolver #5 (1990) (Rogan Gash story only)
  6. Revolver #6 (1990) (Rogan Gash story only)

Skreemer

Skreemer
By Peter Milligan (writer), Brett Ewins and Steve Dillon (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released October 2002

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563899256

Synopsis from publisher:
The dark and violent SKREEMER tells the post-apocalyptic tale of a young boy’s ascension from brutal assassin to the most powerful gangster in the world. With America decimated by a plague, ganglord “Presidents” have used their control of a life-saving serum to become the rulers of the land. Recruited as a child to be a mob hit man, Veto Skreemer rises through the crime family ranks by eliminating all of his brethren until he becomes the most influential “President” in the country. But now as the balance of power shifts, Veto must devise a way to retain control or watch as his empire crumbles.

Notes:

This publication collects the comic book mini-series Skreemer. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Brett Ewins and Steve Dillon.

Reprints:

  1. Skreemer #1 (1989)
  2. Skreemer #2 (1989)
  3. Skreemer #3 (1989)
  4. Skreemer #4 (1989)
  5. Skreemer #5 (1989)
  6. Skreemer #6 (1989)

Enigma

Enigma
By Peter Milligan (writer) and Duncan Fegredo (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 1995

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891921

Synopsis from publisher:
ENIGMA is a thought-provoking post-modern tale of self-discovery and sexual identity told against the backdrop of improbable super-heroes and villains. Michael Smith lives a meaningless life of routine and boredom. But when Enigma, his favorite childhood comic book hero, inexplicably comes to life, Smith finds himself on an obsessive crusade to uncover the secret behind his improbable existence. Teaming with Enigma’s comic creator, Smith encounters an insanity-inducing psychopath, a brain-eating serial killer, and a suicide-inciting clown posse as his quest uncovers hidden truths about both his idol and himself.

Notes:

This publication reprints the Enigma comic book mini-series. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Duncan Fegredo.

Reprints:

  1. Enigma #1 (1993)
  2. Enigma #2 (1993)
  3. Enigma #3 (1993)
  4. Enigma #4 (1993)
  5. Enigma #5 (1993)
  6. Enigma #6 (1993)
  7. Enigma #7 (1993)
  8. Enigma #8 (1993)

Shade the Changing Man: American Scream

Shade the Changing Man: American Scream
By Peter Milligan (writer), Chris Bachalo and Mark Pennington with Brendan McCarthy (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 1991

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Cover price: $17.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 140120046X

Synopsis from publisher:
Can the man from the Meta Zone make sense of America?

SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN: THE AMERICAN SCREAM collects the first six issues of one of VERTIGO’s founding titles, written by Peter Milligan (HUMAN TARGET: FINAL CUT, X-Force) with art by Chris Bachalo (DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING, STEAMPUNK) and Mark Pennington (HELLBLAZER, DEATH: THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE) and a cover by Brendan McCarthy (2000 A.D.). Now is the perfect time to rediscover this quixotic and timeless character.

This fantastic re-imagining of Shade, The Changing Man — a character created by the legendary Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man) in the 1970s — begins in an explosion of madness as 23-year-old Kathy George relives the horror of her parents’ deaths. Hoping for a reprieve from the constant nightmares and the ever-present threat of insanity that have hounded her since their deaths, Kathy instead is swept up in Shade’s arrival from his home dimension, Meta, into the body of the serial killer who destroyed her life. From there, Kathy and Shade begin a journey into America’s collective unconscious as they combat the malevolent force known only as The American Scream.

Notes:

This publication is the first and so far only volume reprinting the second Shade The Changing Man comic book series. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Chris Bachalo and Mark Pennington. The cover for this publication was created by Brendan McCarthy.

The series continued until 1996 with issue #70. Writer Peter Milligan remained on the series until the final issue. Chris Bachalo and Mark Pennington remained as the art team until issue #26. Bachalo had a couple of fill-in artists step in for him: Bill Jaaska on issue #10 and Bryan Talbot on issue #14. Rick J. Bryant filled in for Pennington on issues #16 and #17. Jan Duursema and Bryant provided additional art to issue #20. Brendan McCarthy illustrated issue #22. Colleen Doran replaced Bachalo with issue #27. Duncan Eagleson and Mark Buckingham illustrated issue #30. Buckingham also provided inking for issue #31. Pablo Marcos inked issue #32. Chris Bachalo and Rick J. Bryant returned as the regular art team with issue #33. Some issues including segments by other artists, such as Glyn Dillon (issues #34 and #38), Peter Gross (#36), Scot Eaton (#39), Steve Yeowell (#42), Philip Bond (#43). Philip Bond and Glyn Dillon illustrated issue #40. Dillon filled in again for issues #41 and #46. Philip Bond illustrated issue #48. Mark Buckingham assisted with inking issues #49 and #50. Sean Phillips illustrating issues #51 to #53, the latter was inked by Dick Giordano. Mark Buckingham and Rick J. Bryant took over the art duties with issue #54. Michael Lark provided additional artwork for issues #56 and #59, and illustrated all of issue #58. Richard Case and Rick J. Bryant began a run with issue #61 and #62, the latter with additional artwork by Andy Pritchett. Jamie Togalson and Rafael Kayanan illustrated issue #64. Richard Case illustrated issue #65 and #66. Togalson, Kayanan and Case contributed to issue #67. Case and Pennington illustrated issue #68. Case and Phil Gascoine illustrated issue #69 and #70. These issues have yet to be collected or reprinted.

The first Shade The Changing Man comic book series began in 1977 and ran for 8 issues until 1978. The series was written and illustrated by Steve Ditko, with Michael Fleisher providing dialogue. These issues have yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Shade, The Changing Man #1 (1990)
  2. Shade, The Changing Man #2 (1990)
  3. Shade, The Changing Man #3 (1990)
  4. Shade, The Changing Man #4 (1990)
  5. Shade, The Changing Man #5 (1990)
  6. Shade, The Changing Man #6 (1990)