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Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit (Parker Graphic Novels #2)

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After he evens the score with those who betrayed him and recovers the money he was cheated out of from the syndicate, Parker is riding high. Until, that is, he's fingered by a squealer who rats him out to The Outfit for the price they put on his head.
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published October 6th 2010 by IDW Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kemper
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a fan of the Parker series and comic books, these adaptations are right in my wheelhouse, but what I find most intriguing about them is the clever ways that Darwyn Cooke has used to tell a text story into a more visual form while staying true to the spirit of the original books.

The Outfit was the third book in the Parker series, but this one also adapts the second novel, The Man With Getaway Face, into part of this story, too. Parker pissed off the Outfit and even though he’s gotten plastic s
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David Schaafsma
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-crime
You know, if you read Darwyn Cooke's loving adaptation of Richard Stark's (Donald Westlake) Parker alongside Agatha Christie, as I am doing, it is of course even more brutal. Parker is a thief, a career criminal. But The Outfit is also bleakly beautiful in its depiction of the story, which is again, after Cooke's first adaptation of Starks' The Hunter, a kind of revenge tale.

Parker, the toughest of tough guys, a really bad guy, never smiles in this book. He doesn't believe in emotion, or friend
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Mohammed
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Having read many of the Parker novels im hugely impressed by how Cooke adds a new dimension to the stories with his artwork,the way he narrates,uses two novels The Outfit,The Man with the Getaway Face into one Graphic Novel.

Cooke’s art has never been better the inking,the coloring,the use of shadows. Every page with Parker himself is priceless because he got Parkers look,movement so well. I just stared in awe in how great Parker looked. How he can be retro,cartooney art style and still draw hard
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Karl
Nov 25, 2015 marked it as to-read
This copy is signed by Darwyn Cooke.
Lars Guthrie
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Darwyn Cooke decisively scored with his first comic book adaption of the Richard Stark ‘Parker’ novels: ‘The Hunter.’ ‘The Outfit’ doesn’t deliver the same bold punch. That might be expected from a sequel, and because the story line is not as hard-hitting or straightforward.

Cooke’s choice of palette is an indicator of a more workman-like delivery. There’s still just one color other than black and white, but where it was crackling cyan in ‘The Hunter,’ ‘The Outfit’ is tinted with a more muted bl
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Brandon
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix, fiction, 2011, idw
Parker had evened the score with the Outfit, or so he thought. After extensive facial reconstruction surgery, Parker is identified by a squealer, outing him to his enemies. Parker realizes that the fight isn't yet over and he intends to finish it!

So, while I did like this book, I wasn't into it as much as The Hunter. Cooke seemed to take the story in a few directions towards the end, tying up loose ends and telling other parts in a different format. By throwing in a magazine style layout as well
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Michael Finocchiaro
I am not normally a very patient person. Some might go to the extreme of calling me impatient in fact. But I am learning. After almost 3 years of struggle, I have seen several of my initiatives come to fruition at work recently and realized that my patience paid off. There were several moments of hesitation where I wanted to throw in the towel because I thought things were not moving at all, but I hung in there, continued to build a diverse and fairly huge fan base, and delivered high quality ou ...more
Martin
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, reviewed
After the success of Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter, in which Darwyn Cooke adapted a classic of crime fiction for the comic book page, we're treated to this gem of a book. Too bad I can't give it six stars!

First off, there were some choices to be made, story-wise, to keep the book flowing evenly while respecting the source material and not going over a certain number of pages. Before the actual 'Outfit' story, Cooke included a short adaptation of Stark's The Man With The Getaway Face, in whi
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Stewart Tame
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Darwyn Cooke's adaptations of the Parker novels are pure comics perfection. The artwork is a perfect match for the material, very much in the early 60's mode. Although I wasn't born until the late 60's, I've read enough magazines and whatnot from the era to appreciate details like business logos and so on. Cooke's research is right on the money as far as the time period goes. This is a world of Esso gas stations and Timex watches and AAA maps and so on. This book picks up close to where the prev ...more
Ed
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: hardboiled crime fans/graphic novels
Probably as interesting as the first graphic novel, this second one didn't leave me disappointed. Lots of cool 1960s decor and vibes are found in the cartoon panels. Remember the Esso signs? The graphic novel Parker fits my idea of the literal one from the Stark novels. The pages of text toward the middle slow down the story a little. Enjoyable enough.
Sam Quixote
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second of Darwyn Cooke’s comic book adaptations of Richard Stark’s Parker novels with this one using material from the novels “The Outfit” and “The Man with the Getaway Face”. After Parker walks off with a hefty chunk of change from the Outfit (a crime syndicate) at the end of the first book The Hunter, a price is put on his head as Parker heads south to enjoy his earnings in the lap of luxury. But even after altering his face with plastic surgery, he’s spotted and the Outfit are ale ...more
Kris
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 Of Darwyn Cooke's graphic novels based on Donald Westlake's, aka Richard Stark, Parker books is The Outfit. This story picks up not to long after the first story, The Hunter, had ended and it continues the story of Parker's run in with the Outfit. Parker has gone back to his life of resorts and rich women after he had gotten plastic surgery to change his looks when an Outfit hit man tries to take him out. This sets off a series of things as Parker has to "convince" the Outfit to leave him ...more
Darrell Reimer
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Darwyn Cooke's original outing with Richard Stark's Parker was a lushly rendered, graphic tour-de-force. With his second go-round, the aesthetic more or less remains, but much of the energy is gone. Part of this is due, I think, to Cooke's strict faithfulness to Stark's work. There are Parker books where the action is very physical, and moves relentlessly forward, The Hunter being one such. But there are also Parker books where most of the action is in Parker's head, as he adjusts tactics to sta ...more
Erik
Nov 20, 2010 added it
Although not as sleek in narrative as his previous Parker outing, The Hunter, Cooke’s second Parker graphic novel rewards the reader who pays close attention to his multitude of characters, their frequently surprising duplicity, and a narrative structure that likes to double-back at times – and not to mention his use of several different narrative forms -- like the magazine article -- to further develop his plot. (The last time I recall this being used most effectively was in the additional mate ...more
Ward Jenkins
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The continuing saga of Parker is another classic. Darwyn Cooke continues to cook with his excellent draftsmanship, gorgeous layouts, luscious character design, you name it. Cooke does a pretty decent job in recreating the look and feel of that mid-century era, too, while at the same time putting his own spin on it. I found it fascinating that he shows several heist jobs through a seedy, pulp crime magazine implemented into the comic format. Here, the jobs are depicted through various styles, fro ...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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Mike
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't read much hardboiled crime fiction, but this is a very nicely adapted graphic version of a novel by Richard Stark. The artwork is very evocative of the early 1960's setting, and the story held my interest. The variety of styles used to relate the mini-narratives within the story were especially effective.
Adriana
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cooke's version of Parker is incredibly creative in the way it tells the story and as beautiful as anything one can expect coming from him.
I actually liked this volume a lot more than "The Hunter," but think you'd have to read that one to really be able to appreciate "The Outfit."
Great story. Gorgeous art. Highly recommend it.
Steve Banes
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Amazing follow-up to his equally brilliant adaptation of "The Hunter", Darywn is seriously redefining what can be done with the crime comic. Visually and violently stunning, if you've never read a comic book or any of Donald Westlake's (aka Richard Stark) books, then this is definitely a good place to start. I finished it in one evening, and then stayed awake all night thinking about it.
Michael
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Outfit is not only another great comic adaptation of Richard Stark’s Parker novels, but also an illustrated guide on how to set up illegal money making schemes. And as an added bonus, it clearly and concisely lays out how to rob those aforementioned operations if you felt so inclined.
Brent
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all readers over a certain age
Recommended to Brent by: Glynn County Public Library and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Shelves: comics, fiction, crime
Rereading, I am even more impressed. This is fine storytelling. I enjoy these adaptations, as all comics by Cooke, and they succeed in introducing me to the author. Cooke really shines in his use of grey tones, one color washes, and graphic styles of the early 1960s.
Recommended.
Brendan Howard
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
This was REAL good. Lots of hits explained, plot kept rolling, from the little annoyances to the final revenge plot. Great read.
Nick Kives
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
I enjoy these book a lot. The old school art style works perfectly for the story.
Tyson Adams
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great adaptation of Stark's novel of the same name. If anything this adds to the fantastic Parker story rather than simply retelling it in graphic novel form.
Rural Soul
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Outfit The Mafia was under wrath of him.
rhea
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read these in a fun voice in my head that goes well with the story and art. Sorry I can't let you hear inside my head.
Pturingan
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, crime-fiction
When one of my favorite comic creators adapts the work of my favorite crime writer of all time- of course I'm going to read it. And of course I'm going to like it a lot. Brilliant work as usual.
Mario
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on my blog, Shared Universe Reviews.

In my review for Parker: the Hunter I wondered whether or not Cooke was going to let loose in his second Parker adaptation The Outfit much like Parker lets loose after a job. Having read The Outfit for the first time, I would say Cooke indeed let loose. Once again the plot is simple. Parker underwent plastic surgery to change the look of his face in order to avoid being hunted down by the Outfit (the Organization or the Syndic
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Geoff Sebesta
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
It's the exact same plot as the last one, so it's decked out with a whole bunch of new tricks. As a dictionary of heists and ways to illustrate them, it's a fairly good one. As compelling fiction, it's not much.
Hope
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I now want to read the original novels, but I started with Cooke's adaptations because I wanted to see what he was all about. The art is STUNNING and the stories are fun and nasty and very hard to put down. Looking forward to delving in further.
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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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Parker Graphic Novels (5 books)
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