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Richard Stark's Parker by Darwyn Cooke
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Mar 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: comics, in-english, thriller-mystery, trenchcoats-and-dames
Read on March 13, 2011

Crime-pulp - the swinging, classy 60's kind of it. Illustrator and animator Darwyn Cooke uses his skills to turn Richard Stark's 1962's novel into a slick black, white and blue coloured comicbook. Which works exceptionally well.

The fact that all is based on a pre-existing novel gives this comic a strong literary backbone; even though the story itself isn't the strong point with 'Parker: The Hunter' - it's the clichéd rehash of a coldhearted antihero set on revenge after a set-up that should have left him dead.
But that makes it the perfect start for Cooke to get familiar with the feel and tone of this and the following Parker stories. The whole 60's air jumps from the pages, craftfully put together with swift black brushstrokes and hardedged shadows. Cooke's animation history helps hugely in the dynamics of the framing and character posing - it's as much a pitchperfect storyboard as it is a comicbook.

The last page of this book promises us "Parker will return". Which is good news, because 'The Hunter' leaves one wanting for much more.
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