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Richard Stark's Parker, Vol. 1: The Hunter by Richard Stark,Darwyn Cooke
ISBN: 1600104932
ISBN13: 978-1600104930
Author: Richard Stark,Darwyn Cooke
Book title: Richard Stark's Parker, Vol. 1: The Hunter
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Pages: 144 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing; 1st edition (July 28, 2009)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1638 kb
Size ePub version: 1922 kb
Size fb2 version: 1872 kb
Category: Graphic Novels

The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind — to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him! Richard (Donald Westlake) Stark's groundbreaking Parker books are adapted for the first time as a series of graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke. The initial graphic novel brings to life the first Parker book, The Hunter, which introduces readers to the dangerous anti-hero's cold and calculated world of criminals, thugs, and grifters.

Books reviews
Different and far darker than I expected--though I didn't really know what to expect. The noir artwork and themes drew me too it (and the guy at the comic book store highly recommended it). I hadn't even heard of the original novels by Richard Stark.

Parker is the protagonist - but he's certainly no hero. He does, though, have that inner code that noir protagonists have. He's a completely self-sufficient and supremely competently man. You do not want to cross this guy--as he is makes crystal clear in the course of the book. As Spenser said of Hawk: "He's not a good man, but he's good."

I haven't read many graphic novels, so I don't have much to compare this to. But the art fit the story very well. It helped set the mood and tone.
I first became aware of this story through the film Point Blank with Lee Marvin and then the Mel Gibson remake called Payback. I've read several of Richard Stark books and had a friend turn me on to these graphic novels with the Outfit. I enjoyed this one very much. Lean and stark (no pun intended) just like the dialogue and story. I intend to purchase some of the other graphic novels.
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The excitement generated in thriller and comics fandom when it was announced that artist Darwyn Cooke (The New Frontier, Selina's Big Score) would be adapting Richard Stark's (a.k.a. Donald E. Westlake's) first Parker novel was justified--Cooke has delivered a compelling new illustrated version of the story, which does justice to Stark's groundbreaking 1962 novel of an amoral thief relentlesly pursuing what he feels is rightfully his.

Readers first experience the grim and determined Parker as a veritable force of nature, a storm slowly gathering power as it moves towards landfall. In this particular instance, the storm is heading towards one Mal Resnick, who, proving there is no honor among thieves, has bushwacked Parker and the rest of his string after a heist, making off with the ninety thousand dollar score. Resnick, who used the money to pay off a debt he owed to the mob (here known as "the Outfit ") made only one mistake: he forgot to make sure everyone was dead. Surviving, juggernaut Parker sets his sights on Resnick, letting nothing, and no one, get in his way of regaining his share of the proceeds.

Although one would have to reread the source material to make absolutely sure, Cooke appears to have remained faithful to Stark/Westlake's novel, retaining the author's unique four segment structure (the first two segments told from Parker's point of view, the third from another cast member's point of view, the final segment returning to Parker's) and quoting huge chunks of text and dialogue verbatim. His style and layouts (recalling, at times, Will Eisner, Mike Ploog, Jack Kirby, Wally Wood (especially the way he renders women) and Alex Toth) suits the subject matter. Cooke also contributes some nice artistic flourishes which enhance the story; the inking and coloring are especially arresting. All in all, a wonderful job which will leave fans begging for more--fortunately, it's been reported that there are three additional adaptations in the works.
I tried this out knowing what Darwin Cookes illustration style was (and I love it). Little did I know that Richard Stark's "Parker" character is MADE for Cookes style. Very retro & the fact that they did it as a duotone (the entire book is printed with black & shades of blue) only further cemented the time period they were going for. As I read through this first story, i realized this book is the reference for Mel Gibson's move "PAYBACK". A great, GREAT story! I quickly picked up the next book "The Outfit" and was not disappointed. This is a book that you will keep in your collection for years to come.
Darwyn Cooke has put together something really special with Parker: The Hunter. The hardcover edition is absolutely beautiful. The pages are thick and heavy and Darwyn's art jumps off the page at you. I'm a big fan of crime fiction/noir comics, and this is one of the better ones I've read since Brubaker's Criminal.

The tone is dark as Parker tracks down thug after thug who has wronged him. Cooke utilizes mostly whites, blues, an blacks for all of the art to help you feel the mindset of a man who is out to get his money back and will stop at nothing to do so. The cover is full color and completely stunning.

I was unfamiliar with Richard Stark prior to this book. After reading which movies that his books had spawned, I started to get an appreciation for the man realizing that I really like those movies, so I'm anxious to check out his prose versions somewhere down the line, though I've heard that Darwyn will adapt another Parker story to be released in mid-2010.

Though over 100 pages, this book is fast paced and action packed, spurred on by Cooke not using traditional frames within the book, leaving each panel open as a fluid transition into the next. I would have loved for it to take longer to read, but truth be told, I just couldn't put it down. Before I knew it, I was on the fourth chapter, nearing the climax and I forced myself to set it down for the night, though I finished it immediately the following morning. If you're a fan of Brubaker or Bendis's crime work, this ranks right up there with the best.

Darwyn Cooke is one of those special talents who can write (or in this case adapt) a comic and do all of the art for it. It's obvious that he put a lot of heart into this adaptation and greatly respects Richard Stark. Always a pleasure to read a book from someone who has so much love for sequential storytelling.
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