Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter

Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter

by Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark


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ISBN-13: 9781613773994
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 722,194
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Richard Stark is the most famous pseudonym of world-renowned author Donald Westlake (1933-2008). In 1962 hecreated the master thief Parker and began a series of novels that have been recognized as seminal works of crime fiction. Several of Westlake’s books have been adapted by Hollywood and Westlake’s adaptation of The Grifters earned him an Academy Award nomination for best motion picture screenplay. Westlake has won numerous awards for his fiction and in 1993 the Mystery Writers of America named him a Grand Master, the highest honor bestowed by that prestigious society.

Darwyn Cooke (1962-2015) was a graphic designer and animator who turned his attention toward cartooning in the late nineties. Known primarily for his work on the DC line of superheroes, Cooke always had an affinity for crime fiction and has often cited the Parker books as a great source of creative inspiration. Cooke has won multiple Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster awards, as well as the National Cartoonist Society’s Best Series award. In 2008 Cooke was Emmy-nominated for the animated adaptation of his magnum opus, DC: The New Frontier.

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Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
F_O More than 1 year ago
Had never heard of the Parker character before. The cover caught my eye on the shelf: the image spoke of a man who was neither saddened nor even concerned by the dead woman laying behind him. There was so much unsaid in that cover that I dropped 25 bucks to get the story... ...which begins with almost 12 pages without any real dialogue from Parker (or anyone else). And that's what makes this a 4-star graphic novel, that Cooke's images and single-color art tell the story, make words almost obsolete, but the result is that - when characters DO speak - we listen. And the Parker character isn't likable but because he's THE American anti-hero (think Eastwood in Fistful of Dollars, but 10X meaner) we want to follow him to see what his next nasty move is. To sum it up...Lee Child's Jack Reacher is Parker if Parker had been sent to Westpoint and then booted out of the Army... just ordered "The Outfit"...can't wait.
Literate.Ninja on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Having never read the original novels (although they are now on my TBR list) I must say that I quite enjoyed this work. I'm quite a fan of mid-century noir comics, and this one was as hard-boiled as any. The art style was well done, and the characters were gritty and believable.
theforestofbooks on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Adapted from crime novelist¿s Donald Westlake¿s - writing as Richard Stark - Parker series of books from the early 60¿s. In its simplest terms this is a story of revenge. Not overtly convoluted but very readable. What makes this book is undoubtedly the artwork. I wish I knew more about the medium to wax lyrical about this book. The opening pages contain no dialogue just a poetic movement of blue washed sequential story telling. Just glorious.
kristenn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I'll read anything Darwyn Cooke does these days. But the fact he's now done a noir adaptation is a huge bonus. I've never read any of the Parker books nor seen the films, so the storyline was unfamiliar, if not entirely unpredictable. The color scheme was very well-planned -- it enhances the mood wonderfully. Still torn on how he draws women. Basically just one face, but such a great one.
Girl_Detective on LibraryThing 8 months ago
With shaded pencils and minimal color, Cooke combines Stark¿s words with his own distinctive art to create a great new story. The book was less of a whodunnit than about how Parker, a hulking, double-crossed bad ass, is going to take his revenge.This is classic noir. There¿s violence, and unflattering portrayals of women. As with the show Mad Men, I took this as a snapshot of a particular time and could enjoy the book on its retro merits, though some might not be able to.
LiteraryFeline on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Donald E. Westlake is a well-known name in the crime fiction arena. His work can be found not only in books but also on the silver screen. He took up several pseudonyms during his writing career, including that of Richard Stark. One of the series the author wrote under that name featured Parker, a cold-blooded professional thief in New York City. Westlake wanted to create a character who was very much a bad guy, but who, by then end of each book, the reader would sympathize with. The Hunter was the first in the series. It was later given a new title, Point Blank, which was also the name of the movie based loosely on the book. Working closely with Westlake before his death in 2008, artist and comic book writer Darwyn Cooke took to adapting The Hunter to graphic novel format. His intention was to stay as close to the original story as possible. Unfortunately, I am unable to make a comparison, having not read Westlake¿s novel. I can at least say that I found the graphic novel everything my husband said it would be when he recommended I read it. It is dark and suspenseful. And Parker is a character that is hard to like right off the bat, and only grudgingly after that. Still, by the end of the story, I was rooting for him just as Westlake would have wanted me to.Not having a creative bone in my body when it comes to drawing, I can only speak in general terms at the skill Cooke possesses. The attention to detail, the shading and overall images captured the mood and feel of the story, moving it along and making it all the more interesting. I can see why Westlake gave Cooke his blessing in adapting his novel to the graphic novel format. It works, and it works well.
jasonlf on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is an excellent graphic novel rendition of Richard Stark's Parker novel The Hunter. I haven't read the original so I can't compare, but the graphic novel format works extremely well in telling this very hard-boiled story of a criminal's return from prison and revenge on the people, including his wife, that double-crossed him into ending up there. It has a raw, propulsive intensity that drives from beginning to end.
savageknight on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A solid read. Artwork and story flow in the grand style of Will Eisner graphic novels. It's always a treat to be exposed to Darwyn's graphic storytelling.
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I cant believe I spent 10 bucks on a gd friggin comic book! I want my money back!!!!!!
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Darwyn Cooke has always been a star in comics to me. His stuff always is interesting and not the standard fair. Here, his adaptation of Richard Stark's Parker is amazing. The whole feel of this book is something that every comics fan, or even just a casual reader should experience. The coloring is moody and dark. The lettering seems to fit perfectly. Cooke's artwork is ideal for the theme and time period. My only problem, and that word is too strong, is that it was a pretty fast read. I guess I just am greedy and somehow wanted more. Everyone should read this!