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Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score

(Parker Graphic Novels #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,319 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Fresh from his Eisner Award-winning efforts on The Hunter and The Outfit, Darwyn Cooke now sets his steely sights on The Score, the classic Richard Stark Parker novel from 1964. Parker becomes embroiled in a plot with a dozen partners in crime to pull off what might be the ultimate heist - robbing an entire town. Everything was going fine for a while, and then things got b ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by IDW Publishing
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Wil Wheaton
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir, graphic-novels
A friend of mine is constantly talking about Richard Stark's PARKER, so when I saw a bunch of these graphic novels at the comic shop, I grabbed one at random to see what it was all about.

Darwyn Cooke is a fantastic writer, and while I can't say what kind of job he does translating Stark's work (because I haven't read the source material), I can say that, objectively, he does a great job with this story. He brings tense, crime fiction to life in a compelling and engaging way. The art and color is
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Kemper
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
When we’ve hit a point where Hollywood thinks that Jason Statham would be the perfect guy to play Parker in a movie, maybe it’s best that we all just stick to Darwyn Cooke’s graphic novel adaptations of the Richard Stark books to get our visuals of what the professional thief’s stories would look like.

This one adapts The Score in which Parker puts together a crew to take over and loot a small isolated mining town. As he did in his versions of The Hunter and The Outfit Cooke uses the text from th
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David Schaafsma
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-crime
I read this last night while also watching the Olympics with my family, which makes for a really funny juxtaposition, since the Olympics is all sentimental storytelling, rooted in the back-stories of all the largely American participants (if you are watching it as I am, in the U. S.), and Richard Stark's--one pseudonym for Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Donald Westlake--Parker is the hardest-boiled detective you ever met, the opposite of sentimental. Westlake adapted Jim Thompson's nove ...more
Brandon
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, noir, comix, fiction
Every single time I put down one of Darwyn Cooke’s Richard Stark adaptations, I tell myself, “Man, I really need to read those Parker books”. Not only do they come with solid recommendations from many of my trusted friends, they’re right up my alley. Disgruntled con-man with some serious anger issues? Give me all the books.

Parker’s general rule states that if a job needs more than five people, it’s not a job. So imagine his reaction when someone proposed a heist requiring more than twenty-five b
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Sam Quixote
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’m the perfect audience for these books as I’ve never read a Richard Stark/Donald Westlake novel about Parker but I love Darwyn Cooke, I like crime stories and looooove comics, so mixing all that up and serving it to me is gravy every time. I will read a Parker novel by Westlake one day but for now, The Hunter, The Outfit, and this one, The Score are perfectly enjoyable by themselves.

Parker is his usual tough-guy self as he gets drawn into a scheme to rob an entire town, a small mining town in
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Scott
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Cooke / Westlake (a.k.a. Stark) teaming returns to the spirit, quality and effectiveness shown in the initial volume The Hunter with their third book The Score. (The sophomore effort, The Outfit, was good but sort of lost its momentum for awhile in the middle.) This time laconic thief Parker works with a larger-than-usual crew - which, of course, complicates matters - to execute an audacious heist in a quiet midwestern mining town. Things get interesting when a pretty good PLOT TWIST occurs. ...more
Adam
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction, comics
This is an adaptation of one of my favorite Parker novels, and Darwyn Cooke doesn't disappoint. He has a great sense of pacing. Too many comic book writers seem to assume that people spend as much time on the visuals as they do the dialogue, which leads to some choppy pacing. For this book, though, Cooke intersperses dialogue sections with speech-free action sections, and it really works. He also wonderfully evokes the '60s setting of the original novel without being cutesy or overloading the na ...more
Martin
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, crime
Darwyn Cooke's previous adaptations of Richard Stark's 'Parker' novels (The Hunter & The Outfit) were faithful to the source material (Cooke had even included pertinent elements of The Man With The Getaway Face in the 'Outfit' adaptation) and it was a real pleasure for me to have one of my favourite artists illustrate some of my favourite crime stories. This book continues the trend.

What initially struck me was the choice of colour for the art. In the previous volumes, we had black & white art
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Jason Furman
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, crime, graphic
Not nearly as good as Darwyn Cooke's adaptations of the Parker novels The Hunter and The Score. It was just as skillfully adapted as a graphic novel, with a sparse monochromatic but propulsive drawing and minimalist writing. I think, without having read it directly, that the problem is the plot of the underlying novel it is adapting. The Hunter and The Outfit both have a higher level of double-crossing, more varied settings, and an almost epic struggle of Parker as a solo criminal against "The O ...more
James
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Darwyn Cooke continues adapting Donald E. Westlake's Parker series into graphic novel form with THE SCORE, the third volume in the series. And like the first two, it's wonderful, with a terse script and evocative artwork that captures the mid-Sixties era perfectly. This is the one where Parker and a crew that includes Alan Grofield try to loot an entire copper mining town in North Dakota, only to run into some unexpected problems. Seeing how Parker deals with those problems is one of the ongoing ...more
Dominick
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent adaptation of one of the best of the Parker books. Cooke's cartoony/retro style fits the grim material suprisingly well, especially in the sections in which he documents Grofeld's perspective. Not a substitute for the original novel, of course, but a supple and entertaining adaptation, showing a lot of cartooning chops. Recommended.
Max's Comic Reviews and Lists
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parker, darwyn-cooke, idw
”The Whole Damn Town”
This is what I’m talkin about! Read this in like 30 minutes dog. After my disappointing read through of The Outfit I read the description of this volume and immediately got hyped to read it. Parker and a group of robbers ransacking an entire mining town? Hell yes. This book was a blast man. It’s probably my personal favourite of the books thus far even though The Hunter is probably a better written book. My biggest praise towards this book is my biggest praise towards t
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Quentin Wallace
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The series is starting to grow on me. The art is still confusing at times, and this time its done in black and white and yellow. But the more I read the more I realize these stories aren't about sympathizing with anyone but more about just watching a bunch of bastards at work. I still prefer my stories to have a good guy, even if the villains are usually more interesting, but in this case even with a cast of villains it's entertaining.

In this volume Parker and his crew attempt to knock over an e
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James  Love
Great adaptation. I loved the scenes when Edgar tries to get his revenge on Copper Canyon.
Rural Soul
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The is the best novel in the series so far which i read.
The sketches and the yellow shade. Simply great. Really the graphic presentation just made it great otherwise i wonder how different could it be to read the book as this carried a simple hit job.
Christian Hamaker
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my third book in the Parker series of graphic novels, although I'm not sure it's the third book in terms of order. In any event, after the dazzling "The Hunter" and the mystifying misfire of "The Outfit," "The Score" is a huge comeback - maybe the best of the three. "Slayground" is next, and then ... well, it's not clear to me that there are any additional titles in the series. That already makes me sad.
Kris
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book that Darwyn Cooke adapted from Richard Stark's Parker novels. I thought this book was the most fun of the three graphic novels that Darwyn Cooke did. The fun in this case is the planning and execution of a robbery and because of the type of robbery this is there is all kinds of side stories that keep the story moving and interesting. The reader also gets to see a glimpse into some of the characters we have meet that Parker does his jobs with as well as finding out even mor ...more
Fábio Fernandes
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014, noir
I'm a big fan of Donald Westlake and his alter-ego, Richard Stark. I was just rereading one of his books when I found out this series of graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke, of whom I am also a huge fan because of his work in DC's The New Frontier.

Cooke is not a realistic artist - so what? IMO, he manages to make Parker and his brutality all the more real in his cartoonish-ness (not to mention the femmes fatales he finds along the way, who are as beautiful and intriguing as any real flesh-and-blood
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Peter Derk
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
These are so great!

I read the Parker novels when I was in my teens. They were all pretty good. Really fast-paced, filled with action. They really felt like a heist movie but with all the bullshit a teen Pete wouldn't have cared about. Less focus on the dissolving marriage between a casino owner and his wife, more talk about modifying a Volkswagen Beetle to outrun a cop car.

These graphic versions are really nice, really stylish adaptations.
Adriana
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cooke's gorgeous retro art fits the theme and feel of the story perfectly, but the scope was so big and the pages so few that it got confusing at times.
The Score is the biggest job Parker has ever taken on. He brings in a lot of great characters to help him do it and the plan and its realization are brilliant. The problem is that so many things happen with so many characters (which are sometimes hard to distinguish) that I had to page back a couple of times to see who was where.
Jeff Jackson
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not as good as "The Hunter," but a definite improvement over the muddled "The Outfit." Stylish and streamlined in ways that do justice to Richard Stark's original, this is an enjoyable take on an outrageous caper - robbing an entire town. The drama unfolds in unusual ways and Cooke ably sustains the tension through the unexpected final chapters.
John Muñoz
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From the first page to the last line an absolutely brilliant graphic novel adaptation of a novel by Richard Stark. Darwyn Cooke's art is simply gorgeous, the use a lone color - orange - is incredible. The past three graphic novels I've read in this "series" reinforces my opinion that Cooke is one of the best artists involved in comics today.
Michael
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the previous one more, but this was still entertaining. I read it in one go, but that's not saying much considering it's a damn picture book. I like this series because every installment is a way for me to live out a different heist fantasy. I also love the art style. It fits the time period and subject matter so well
Matt
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parker
Absolutely fantastic stuff. This is my favorite Parker novel, and the adaptation by Cooke works beautifully. There's some great stuff done with diagrams, and the last few pages are amazing. I love it.
Nick Kives
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
I do love this series, but this one lacks the story that the other 2 have as this one is just about a single robbery attempt. The book is still beautiful and I like that he changed the color scheme to fit with the book.
John
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well done adaptation of Richard Stark's Parker. Darwyn Cooke brings his stylized touch to the Score. I dug the orange color scheme he used throughout the book. I was never big into heist type stories but Parker has brought me into the fold. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
JCUZZ
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Darwyn Cooke killed it with this adaption; perfect score. I loved everything from the concept to the art. If you enjoyed the first two novels then you have a surprise waiting for you when you read The Score!
Steven
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good graphic adaptation of a smart, sharp novel. I loved the way Cooke handled Grofield, providing a dose of whimsy inside a harsh story of an audacious heist.
Russell
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
On the one hand, I still enjoyed reading this and the character of Parker. But this one was where I found myself thinking that maybe this is all a little bit much.

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Mario
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on my blog, Shared Universe Reviews.

Parker: the Score is the third book in a series of comic adaptations of Richard’s Stark’s crime novels by Canadian born Darwyn Cooke. I’m very impressed. Nearly 500 pages of comics and Cooke’s barely had a slip up. As always, when talking about plot elements and the overall execution of the book I refer to Cooke. Having not read any of the Parker novels I have no idea how much is taken from the series of novels. I imagine it’s
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Darwyn Cooke was an Eisner Award winning comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator, best known for his work on the comic books Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier and Will Eisner's The Spirit.

In 1985, Cooke published his first comic book work as a professional artist in a short story in New Talent Showcase #19, but economic pressure made him leave the career and he worked in Canada as a magazi
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