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Richard Stark's Parker: The Martini Edition Hardcover – December 6, 2011
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Without a doubt this is the best way to read Cooke's Parker adaptation.
The product itself is top notch. I own several Absolute editions and Omnibus editions to know when something is worth the trouble and this book stands out by its size (its actually a bit taller than most books of the same format) and its content (it packs tons of extras). Also the finished product is top of the line in terms of the quality of the binding and the paper.
This is the sort of book that defines the Absolute Edition treatment.
1. The design of everything is beautiful, from the slipcase, to the spot illustrations, the typefaces/fonts, even the abstract/modern art designs on the inside covers. Just awesome art and design throughout.
2. There is a very insightful interview/conversation between comics journalist Tom Spurgeon, Darwyn Cooke, and fellow graphic novelist Ed Brubaker.
3. Many bits of background on the original writer, Donald Westlake, and information and art about previous adaptations of the Parker novels. The book includes cool old cover art from the original paperbacks.
4. Lots of extra art from Cooke, like exclusive covers and inserts he did for various promotional editions.
5. An example of the original art to see how it looked before being touched up for publication, and some sequential photo showing how Cooke creates a panel, from pencil to pen to ink brush to the monochrome watercolor shading.
6. A gallery of Cooke's take on the various films that were based on the Parker novels, with his impressions of them. Very interesting - even as a big film buff I was unaware how many movies were inspired by the Parker books.
7. Extra stories: They are collected elsewhere now, but its great to have them big like this. There is "The Man With the Getaway Face" which fits in between the two main stories, plus "The Seventh" which brilliantly adapts a whole novel by basically paring it down to the exciting and fitting finale.Read more ›
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These Parker Novels are all gems. Gems, I tell ya. The only thing that could make them better is if they were adapted by a comic book genius and came in a beautifully designed... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wesley A. Vermillion
If you love art, just purely for arts sake, let alone spellbinding storytelling, and an Aaron Sorkin-ess screen presentation, this is how stories unfold in a wonderful imagination... Read morePublished 15 months ago by CustomerHell
My fiance loved it! It's a HEAVY book, and HUGE! If you're familiar with the author, you'll know you won't be dissapointed with both art and stories.Published 23 months ago by Monica Cruz
Note: Review is of the packaging not the story itself. Although the story is also worthy of 5 stars. It comes in a slip cover like the DC absolute editions. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Efren Jimenez Jr.
I have little to add but to say that this edition is . . . . perfection. The oversized pages (while making the book a shelf-filing nightmare) offer a *significant* improvement over... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by W. Stotler
I haven't heard of the Parker stories before and I would like to thank Mr Cooke for introducing me to them, his wonderful visualisation of the stories and his wonderful art. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Robert Louis Burns
A lovingly produced volume with great attention to details
- but Cooke needs a better text proofreader, to spell Foreword