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Quick Copy View. Cooke painted the world of s New York in blacks, whites and various shades of blue. I've never seen anything like it and it really fit the atmosphere of Stark's story. I'll go so far as to say this is easily one of my new favorites and the best graphic novel I've read since Batman's The Long Halloween.

I have no idea how this measures up to the original source but if it's any indication on how this series is set to progress, count me in as a extremely interested. Got a signed copy! View all 3 comments. Feb 23, Mike rated it it was amazing. Starts off with a helluva quiet bang, but massive punch in the face nonetheless. Slows down some once we start to learn a little backstory, and eases into a slow smoulder with an acrid smokey haze of bitter revenge. The source material is obviously rich, oozing atmosphere, personality and sensuality.

I'm impressed as much at how little Cooke needs to extract to tell a tight but layered tale to us, and how well he translates a prose-heavy story into arresting, storytelling imagery. Under the combin Starts off with a helluva quiet bang, but massive punch in the face nonetheless. Under the combination of Stark's and Cooke's hands, Parker is a cold bastard with a clear purpose, using his talents and conscience nearly as empty as a sputtering car's tank to stalk methodically to his goal.

The art is terribly good, especially the staging pages - the one setting the stage for a whole set piece, arranging a selection of the props and signs of what occurred over hours of planning to tell us a whole story in one collage. The story is great, tight, understated.

The art is stylish, evocative and has a very distinct personality - like that brooding guy at the end of the bar, hunched over his double bourbon like he means to do serious harm to someone - himself or someone else, he hasn't decided. Mar 25, Scott S. Starkly no pun intended - or was it? This was one nasty little piece of sadistic, un-P. Look out, everyone - Parker's back in town, and he's coming to collect his cut with a vengeance. Feb 15, L. McCoy rated it did not like it Shelves: crime , comics-and-graphic-novels , hoopla , so-boring-and-forever-taking , reviewed , i-hope-my-worst-enemy-reads-this , idw.

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Why it gets 1 star: The story is meh. The storytelling is fucking terrible. Oh and to help make things more clear it does that dumb thing of having pages and pages of narration which sucks because if this was a well written comic we could have got a story told through illustration, speech bubbles, minimal though still a bit of narration and dialogue Maybe if it was meant to be comedic it would have worked example: saw some folks on Reddit saying a gritty Brubaker book with Skottie Young art would be good, I would read that but this is meant to be serious so no.

The other thing is the terrible color scheme that looks like something from a bad animated PSA.

Richard Stark’s Parker #1 – 4 (2009-2013)

The characters are boring as fuck. Parker is just a douchebag who says stereotypical tough guy stuff while being an asshole. Maybe a hitman? Or is he a PI trying to kill bad guys after they fucked his life up? Like I said, bad writing. This comic is so boring. I at least expected this to be exciting but no. This book is predictable as hell even though it tries to act suspenseful. Overall: This comic is terrible in my opinion. Right now as far as reading goes for me it looks like a great time for TV. Interested in noir style comics?

I would not recommend this to anyone unless I was really pissed at them. May 08, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: crime , graphic-novels. PROS: - This is a very faithful adaptation to the source material. The few changes that I noticed were made just to work better with the graphic medium. CONS: - Interior art is grey-scale, not in color like the cover. Dec 14, Paul rated it it was amazing. Great hardboiled suspense graphic novel.

Darwyn Cooke's art is fantastic. It captures the era, s America, beautifully. If you want a Mad Men style criminal graphic novel, then look no further. Jun 30, Dennis rated it liked it Shelves: crime , series-on-hold , graphic-novels-comics-manga. After watching the Mel Gibson movie again last week, I decided to give this one a try. Parker has been double-crossed by his partner in crime Mal Resnick, shot at by his wife and left for dead. There are a few differences between the movie and the comic.

Which really is a shame, because hers is one of the most fun characters in the movie. Parker is a total bad-ass in the movie as well. But in the comic his brutal force is also directed towards innocent people. That turned me off completely. It has that wonderful 60ies style that makes it great to look at. Am I continuing with this one, though? Nov 10, Bryce Wilson rated it it was amazing. There are few things I love more then Crime Fiction. Written under the pseudonym Richard Stark and spanning twenty four novels, the series follows professional thief Parker from job to job.

The books themselves vary little, most follow a pretty set formula Where in, A Parker takes a job. B Some poor fool crosses him. D There are few things I love more then Crime Fiction. What makes The Parker books unique, is their utter lack of sentimentality. Parker is not a thief with a heart of gold, not even remotely. He will straight up murder you and your family. How cold is he? There are sequences here, like Parker's wordless entry into New York, that are done so perfectly they almost hurt.

The first book starts with Parker gunning for revenge. Betrayed and left for dead by his partner and spouse, Parker decides to get some good ole fashioned vengeance, even if he has to kill half of the gangsters in New York to get it. As he did in his seminal New Frontier, Cooke art perfectly captures the time period. I can hardly wait. Jul 21, Sam Quixote rated it really liked it. A mysterious man enters New York City in what looks like the s. He's only got the clothes on his back but his wits soon has him attired in new clothes and on his mission again.

He's Parker and he's been double crossed by his former partner and his wife out of money from a job they pulled in South America. But when they left him for dead, guess what? He wasn't! A classic revenge setup then. Only unlike similar stories of vengeance and I immediately thought of Frank Miller's The Hard Goodbye as a comparable book the hero is entirely unsympathetic. He's as rough with the girls as he is with the boys and after mutilating his woman it's difficult to root for Parker. He's one minded and tough, so like all good revenge stories with the archetypal "hero" he quickly kills his way to the focus of his hatred.

The story has it's moments but ultimately felt that it was a bit stale. Parker, while being a slightly different take on the hero, fits the mould of the revenge storyline and it's no different from any you've seen before. Parker is unstoppable and infallible. He kills his way through the book successfully, doing what he set out to do.

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And that's fine, but it gets a bit dull once you realise the hero is always going to win. Darwyn Cooke's artwork is utterly fantastic. He captures the look and feel of 50s Manhattan effortlessly and the shadowing of his work and lack of colour are all plus points to the noir world he is working in.

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This is what tips a 3 star storyline into a 4 star comic book. It's dark and moody, scathing and furious, and always eye catching. Cooke deserves a lot of praise for his treatment of a long forgotten crime character from the inimitable Donald Westlake's early career. Dazzling artwork from a master of his craft, this is a noir crime drama played out stylishly through the comic book genre. Compellingly brutal reading, Cooke's breathed new life into an old story. An excellent read.

Jan 03, Kwoomac rated it it was amazing Shelves: , dark , action , antihero , complicated-protagonist , crime , graphic-novel , pulp , fast-read , illustrations. Richard Stark's first Parker novel, The Hunter, was the perfect story to be recreated as a graphic novel. The graphics are dark and powerful. Parker is a little more handsome than I pictured him. Stark said when he was creating Parker, he pictured someone like Jack Palance. The story was written in , so Cooke clearly had a lot of fun recreating those days. The store signs, the clothes, the mid century modern furniture.

Lots of great detail. I also enjoyed where they chose to end the Richard Stark's first Parker novel, The Hunter, was the perfect story to be recreated as a graphic novel. I also enjoyed where they chose to end the story. In the original novel, everything gets wrapped up view spoiler [ everyone is killed hide spoiler ] but then there's this whole section on the cops taking him in for questioning on another matter. I felt like this whole part of the book was anticlimactic, and I ended up a little less satisfied with the read.

Here they lop off that entire part of the story and end things where it should've ended in the first place. Stark died in and this book was published in I'm not sure how much Stark was involved but I like to think he was happy to have the chance to rewrite history. Shelves: manga-other-comic-books , richard-stark. Richard Stark writing plus quality art. A great,great Graphic Novel and now I finally see why Cooke's art is so highly rated. Almost black,white art that makes the story come alive very strong. You can see Cooke is a real Richard Stark fan, Parker is drawn like a mean looking guy which is a copy of my ideal look for Parker that i have in my mind when i read the books.

Nov 07, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-five-star , read-twice-or-more , crime , masculinismlit , noir , graphic-novel , xxxeslit , graphic , aa-unitedstateslit , historicity. Jul 16, Stewart Tame rated it really liked it. Detective fiction in comics form of this level of quality is quite rare, or at least that's been my experience. Darwyn Cooke has done an outstanding job adapting this classic novel by the great Donald Westlake writing as Richard Stark. I'm only familiar with the Parker books by reputation, but the genre "hard-boiled" definitely applies. Short summary: Parker returns from the dead for some payback.

Obviously he's not really dead, and this comes as a bit of a surprise to the folks who thought th Detective fiction in comics form of this level of quality is quite rare, or at least that's been my experience. Obviously he's not really dead, and this comes as a bit of a surprise to the folks who thought they left him that way. Hijinks ensue. Parker is tough, ruthless, and relentless, and it's not really spoiling anything to say that his payback is every bit as glorious as it should be. Cooke adapted several of the Parker books, and I've heard nothing but praise for them. His art is well-suited to the material, having a wonderful retro vibe to it.

He draws a bit like a cross between Alex Toth and Michael T.

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Gilbert, with maybe a touch of Steve Ditko as well. It's a smooth cocktail that goes down easy, with a surprising kick to it. Good stuff! Sep 28, Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed , crime. Years ago, I discovered Richard Stark's 'Parker' thanks to this book. I'd been a fan of Darwyn Cooke's work for years so when I heard about this particular project I decided to check out Stark's novels.

I figured I'd read them so that I could then see how close to the source Cooke had stayed in bringing his adaptation to the comic book page. I really liked those Richard Stark novels. To read this adaptation was The quality of the original story is without question, but to read it Years ago, I discovered Richard Stark's 'Parker' thanks to this book. Go on, check it out. It's that good. May 09, Diz rated it did not like it Shelves: graphic-novels. I'm a big fan of Darwyn Cooke's art, and his art is amazing in this. However, I didn't enjoy this at all. The protagonist, Parker, is a pretty horrible person.

You're supposed to feel sympathy for him as he goes on his rampage of revenge against the people that tried to kill him, but by the end of the story I kind of wish that they had succeeded in killing him. The biggest problem I had with his character is the way that he treated women. He physically and mentally abuses the women that he encou I'm a big fan of Darwyn Cooke's art, and his art is amazing in this.

He physically and mentally abuses the women that he encounters in the story. In one particular scene, he beats up an innocent woman in order to cause a distraction, and then casually contemplates raping her. He then realises a few minutes later that he had accidentally killed her. That's not the kind of person I enjoy reading about. Oct 20, Jessica rated it did not like it. Bad source material. Even the best art can't save this misogynistic power fantasy. Jun 11, Max's Comic Reviews and Lists rated it really liked it Shelves: parker , idw , most-iconic , darwyn-cooke.

The Terminator 2. Immediately I was hooked. A crime story adapted and illustrated by one of my favourite artists? Only took about a month for Diamond to ship everything, but the four volumes finally came. RIP by the way. This is a very straightforward and fast moving introduction to this world. There is barely a dull or slow moment in this book. The entire feel of this book is very noirish, stylish, and sometimes dreamlike, especially in the first scene which by the way is probably the best scene in the book.

This book reminded me of 2 other stories. Goodfellas and A History of Violence If you enjoyed those two movies you will more than likely have a good time with this book. Parker is just a terrible person man. Far from it. I will get more into his complex yet simple character later. But I will say that Parker is also not an anti hero. The supporting characters like Mal, Lynn, and a few others are nothing toooooo special but do provide for some truly great flashback moments.

My negatives with this book are 2 fold. One is the way some story beats are told, and the other is certain things about our main protagonist that were lacking. Okay so I know that these books were adapted from novels but at some point at least twice in all 4 parts of the story it felt like I was reading one. Meaning lots of long pages of text and lots of exposition. There is a lot of exposition.

This book did not accomplish that at many points. But unfortunately there was a lot of exposition dressed up in cursive writing next to an amazing illustration. NOW in terms of the character of Parker, I have some complaints. Overall I do like his character, but in this book he is waaaay to impersonal.

The Story – Richard Stark’s Parker #1 – 4 (2009-2013)

He is like I said before, a stone cold merciless bastard of a protagonist that will kill anyone in his way. Even innocent people who had nothing to do with him and his revenge mission. I stopped so many times mid speech bubble just to gawk at the incredible penciling and inking I had in my hands.

Even scenery in this book is gorgeously drawn. And one of my favourite aspects of the book is that not every drawing of a person is hyper detailed and perfect. Sometimes a lack of detail or polished forms really gives the book a more interesting aesthetic. At least to me. The blue shading and filling also works very well.

The story unfolds in a very smooth and unexpected way and the art is to die for. There are certain things lacking in terms of our main character and there is a lot of exposition that is not needed. These are some of my favourite hardcovers I own just because of the production value.

The actual hardcover has a rough texture, there is a different silhouette imprint on each of them, and the spine is written in slightly embossed white cursive. The paper is also thick ass card stock. Jan 11, Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing. Parker, a big, rangy, man, dirty and ragged, ready to explode. His wife, who thought she had killed him.

Noir is an ideal genre for the graphic novel because the prose is terse and oriented toward action and dialogue. This is particularly true of the Parker novels. Donald Westlake, writing as Richard Stark, is nothing but economic, firing off quick, staccato bursts of words—only as many as are needed to propel the story. Parker is hardly an introspective character, either.

He lives just for the scores he makes in high-end armed robberies. One of those colleagues, a mob underling perfectly named Mal, turns out to be unfair to Parker in a big way. Parker is driven by one clear goal—he wants his money back. No message, just plot. But hey, what a plot. And Parker, on a relentless trajectory, gets you on his side. This is not for the faint of heart. Forget about the milk of human kindness. Darwyn Cooke is the perfect artist to take on this brutal yet appealing killer.

One great thrill of a comic book. Highly recommended. May 17, Jason Pettus rated it liked it. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.

Late author Donald Westlake is apparently a revered figure in the world of crime novels, which admittedly I'm not much of a fan of; and while writing under his pseudonym "Richard Stark," one of his most infamous characters turned out to be a professional con-man and complete sociopath known only as "Parke Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.

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  5. Late author Donald Westlake is apparently a revered figure in the world of crime novels, which admittedly I'm not much of a fan of; and while writing under his pseudonym "Richard Stark," one of his most infamous characters turned out to be a professional con-man and complete sociopath known only as "Parker," who made the first of his 24 literary appearances in the novel The Hunter , adapted last year into comic form for the very first time by respected visual artist Darwyn Cooke.