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Parker: The Hunter [Hardcover]

Darwyn Cooke
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July 28 2009 Richard Stark's Parker the Hunter
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.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I never knew about this Parker series by Richard Stark so while waiting for the graphic novel (which I had pre ordered due to Darwyn Cooke's art) I read the original novel it is based on. I fell in love with the Parker series and am now up to my fifth book on the series. They are quick, fun, exciting reads with a no nonsense crook (Parker) who you can't help but root for. then I got the graphic novel and I love the throw back art that Darwyn is so reknown for. The fact it wasn't in colour was a bit of a downside but it did fit with the atmosphere of the writing. The story points are all captured well in the graphic novel but it just doesn't pack the punch that the original novel did. It kind of reminds me of a movie that was too true to the novel it was based on. While it is neat to see the novel visualized - the images the book painted in my head were richer to begin with.
Overall, I strongly recommend the original novel and I think Cooke fans will love the art in this book. However, if I wanted to read the story again I would turn back to the Richard Stark novel not the graphic novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars parker the hunter June 27 2014
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I love darwyn cooke's art but there is something about parker that I just don't like. I have this book sitting on top of out television stand and am not sure if I am going to keep it or donate it to our local library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the genre Feb. 21 2013
By Pmac
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Great stuff all around. Love the story and the black and white. The whole style of the book is bang on. I like the longer narrative parts mixed in with pages of no words at all. Parker is one tough nut. This story is similar to the recent Parker movie which I also recommend. Does he always get involved with guys who want to rip him off?
Look forward to reading another one.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Crime Noir from Two Masters of the Genre Feb. 18 2011
Richard Stark (AKA Donald Westlake) is an old school crime novelist, and Parker is his master creation. A grim, emotionless machine of a man motivated by profit and an urge to get the job done right then get out - Parker's characterization is spot on in this adaptation. This is no mean feat, as Hollywood has tried and failed many times to get Parker right (see the awful Lee Marvin film "Point Blank" for a failed adaptation of this story [or rather, don't]). Cooke's art is lean and mean, effortlessly portraying Parker's gruff and action-oriented style. Cooke deftly handles Parker's original era without seeming to overdo retro-chic. A must read for Westlake fans, Parker fans, and even fans of EC Comics, "Parker: The Hunter" must not be missed.

A special treat as well for fans of Cooke's DC work, including "The Spirit" and "The New Frontier."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A graphic novel noir tour-de-force Sept. 20 2009
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on
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"Parker: The Hunter"
Written by Richard Stark
Adapted by Darwyn Cooke
(IDW, 2009)
Wow. I'm already a fan of comicbook artist Darwyn Cooke (wish he had more books out!) but I gotta say, this adaptation of a gritty noir novel by author Richard Stark really floored me. The first chapter of the book is told almost entirely without words, transforming the taut, cynical prose into pure imagery, as we are introduced to the book's steely, taciturn, utterly immoral antihero -- Parker -- who counterfeits and backstabs his way through the recesses of New York City, circa 1962, hellbent on revenge. It's a real tour-de-force of visual storytelling, but even when the text kicks in, the book never feels cluttered. From start to finish, this graphic novel is a real page-turner... Hopefully there'll be a follow-up soon! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another brilliant work July 17 2009
By Jimmy Palmiotti - Published on
Darwyn Cooke is a modern master of graphic storytelling , just one look at his Eisner awarded works and you know why ...and thats why its no small thing for me to honestly say that The Hunter is one of the finest works of his career.
If you are a Richard Stark fan, this is a fantastic addition and homage to the man's work on every level.
It's a hit from page one and will turn anyone not into graphic art or the crime genre right into an instant fan.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing too comical about this comic book Dec 1 2009
By Joseph P. Menta, Jr. - Published on
Beautifully adapted version of the classic Richard Stark thriller, "The Hunter", the first in the long-running crime novel series featuring the hardnosed professional thief known simply as "Parker". Darwyn Cooke's detailed art- stylish yet gritty- and the dark prose- mostly sparse, sometimes dense, always sharp- draws the reader right in as Parker undertakes his visceral, often shocking mission of revenge following a doublecross that left him for dead. This is the first of a proposed series of illustrated adaptations, with Mr. Cooke cherry picking his favorite installments from the "Parker" novels and adapting them into handsomely-produced hardback graphic novels of generous length (this one's about 170 pages). After reading this graphic novel, readers may be tempted to immediately pick up the prose novels featuring Parker's next adventures (recently reprinted in new editions) instead of waiting for Mr. Cooke's next adaptation. Do yourself a favor: get both.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come visit Parker but keep your damn mouth shut! Nov. 21 2009
By Aaron Stack - Published on
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Richard Stark's Parker hit you like a shot gun blast decades ago. Darwyn Cooke's illustrated version finished you off. Your dead.

Cooke's take on the classic two fisted tale of Parker is marvelous! Rarely has the written word been translated so perfectly in this genre. Parker's thirst for revenge is papable, sweaty, and ugly...and you better not turn away! As a long time fan of Cooke's, I had no doubt he was up to the task of depicting Stark's mayhem machine but... wow... this easily surpassed my expectations. The cold blooded black and white artwork is like a sledge hammer on your sleep walking jaw; it's jarring!

If you love the genre, the character, the artist, then come along for the ride...just try not to get blood and bone in your eyes!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darwyn Cooke Strikes Gold Again! March 11 2010
By Weston Locher - Published on
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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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