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Cooke rolls out another savvy effort in this third adaptation of the classic Parker thrillers by Richard Stark (aka Donald E. Westlake). As adept an adapter as he is an artist, Cooke knows just when to let his retro-sophisticated drawings do the talking and when to let Stark’s words take over. Because, in any case, they both hammer home the same point: you do not mess with Parker. This story brings the professional thief in on an elaborate scheme to rob an entire town blind in one fell swoop. That means a lot of people need to be involved, which isn’t Parker’s style, but the sheer audacity of it all proves an irresistible temptress. With a dozen microlocations and at least as many important players, the machinery of the heist could easily have compromised the tension of the story. But Cooke stages it all like a pro, nimbly guiding readers through the intricate plot, and it’s a blast. Another notch in the belt for one of comics’ hardest-boiled crime series, and more evidence for the court as to Cooke’s skill and the strength of the source material. --Ian Chipman

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Product Details

  • Series: Richard Stark's Parker (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; First Edition, First Printing edition (July 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613772084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613772089
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian on July 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of Darwyn Cooke's work on these Parker graphic novels. They are so stylish and cool, but they are also very compelling stories. This is his third adaptation of the Richard Stark novels, and while you don't need to read the previous two to enjoy this one, I would highly recommend that you do. So here's the story: Parker is our protagonist, but he's definitely not a hero. He's a cold, ruthless thief who would just as soon kill you as look at you. Naturally, he's a perfect fit for this kind of story. The year is 1964, and Parker spends his time living in Miami when he's not doing a job. One day, he gets a call from a fellow that he worked with in the past. It's about a job. The "job" in question is Copper Canyon, a small mining town in North Dakota. Yes, the plan is to rob the entire town! Right off the bat, several things don't jive with Parker. For one; the guy who put the heist together is an amateur who has personal reasons for wanting to rob the town. The other thing is that it will require a dozen men to pull off the job. Parker is ready to cut his losses and leave, but he becomes so impressed by the sheer audacity and scope of the job that he believes it's crazy enough to work. From here the story starts to sound a bit like Ocean's 11, but it's not as flashy and cocky. Parker and his crew are true professionals who plan everything out to the last detail. Naturally, this story wouldn't be as compelling if something didn't go wrong, and boy does it ever! I was totally enthralled by this book, and finished it in about 40 minutes. It was a real page turner. As I said before, Cooke is an amazing storyteller. He worked in animation for years before switching to comic books. His art style is very retro-cool, which makes it a perfect fit for these stories since they're set in the sixties.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fla Fla Flo Flee on July 18, 2012
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Parker is not a widespread cultural icon, but to those who love crime fiction he is paramount. Stark's books are some of the best in the genre ( I read all of them in one year). I was so starved for more I even read the Grofield novel offshoots. Cooke, however, has really brought to life the visual elements from these books, something all film adaptations have failed at. Hollywood wants to change Parker and make him what he is not: He is a criminal and there's nothing nice about it. The Score captures all the brutality of the character, and doesn't gloss over the details or try to add superfluous characters or trendy modern plot developements to the story. Cooke masterfully paints this graphic novel in the style of the times -- the early 60s. Cooke knows his subject and chooses the right imagery to extract. His light and shadow touch lightly on noir, but he doesn't submerge the reader in darkness. In this novel especially, he allows Parker to fully realized.
If you are a graphic novel fan, this should appeal to you, mainly those who enjoy Frank Miller. Unlike many novel-to-graphic novel adaptations, Cooke doesn't force too much text upon the reader. He pulls enough from the book and lets the story live through his brush strokes. The book had some delay coming out (first scheduled for May, then June and now finally out in July), but it was well worth the wait. We can only hope he will continue this work.
England may have Bond, with all of his cheesy romanticism and judo chops, but America has Parker, a true reflection of the country -- brutal, industrious, intelligent and relentlessly confident.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Bradshaw on August 6, 2012
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Darwyn Cooke is one of the best things happening in comics today. His take on the new Before Watchmen series - The Minutemen, as well as Catwoman, and the first two `Parker' novels are nothing short of brilliant! That's why it pains me to say that the Score is good, but not great.

To be fair, I don't think this is Cooke's fault. His two-color, noir artwork is glorious again. But the story itself is a bit ponderous. With a 12-man team, and five or six locals, and five or six others, there are simply too many characters. The Hunter moved at a brisk pace, in part because of the smallish world it inhabited. In `The Score' the voluminous characters bogs things down, and this is true of the original novel as well. Not enough time is afforded to the Edgars character, for example, to make much of an impact before the conclusion.

That being said, this is still on a higher level than quite a bit of what's coming out today. If you don't already have the first two, I suggest you get `Parker: The Martini Edition' instead. It has the first two graphic novels - The Hunter and The Outfit, and also the in-between, stand-alone story The Man With the Getaway Face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A customer on July 19, 2012
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Richard Stark was arguably the most succesful author of crime-noir novels of all time, but for a younger generation they would most likely know of his influences only through screenplays and movie adaptations (i.e., "The Grifters",and "Payback", with Mel Gibson).

Thanks to retro-noir graphic artist Darwyn Cooke, he is most recently re-emerging through graphic novels, with this latest effort being the third such installment. That Cooke's accompanying artistry isn't overshadowed by the gravitas of Stark's stories is truly a testament to just how talented Cooke is. Rarely has there been a more perfect pairing between literary and picture-based story telling to create one seamless package.

For those familiar with Cooke's other two works(Book One: The Hunter, and Book Two: The Outfit), and looking for more, they're not going to be disappointed. OK, maybe just a little disappointed, in that I think both previous efforts were stronger stories, and a little less formulaic. But both Starke and Cooke are also victims of their own success, and its hard to win the World Series every day. For those who like Cooke's visual atmospheric style of a hard luck, tough as nails 1960's noir world you really can't get that fix anywhere else, and most of us have been jonesing now for almost 2 years.

The one major change in the book is the use of coloring. While Hunter and Outfit were mostly tone on tone with atmospheric blues, the Score is instead toned in orange. Sometimes bright orange. Sometimes a LOT of bright orange. In many ways this works, as the Score is hued primarilly to the story's two major themes, the coppery tones of the desert and the fiery action in the city's streets.
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