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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; Slp edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600109802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600109805
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 9.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great way to experience Darwyn Cooke's art.
Efren Jimenez Jr.
If you are a fan of pulp fiction, noir film, edgy graphic novels, retro and /or Darwin Cook, I highly recommend this.
reading guy
Also the finished product is top of the line in terms of the quality of the binding and the paper.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By JGA on December 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The reviewer who gave this product a 1 of 5 stars has their facts wrong. This is NOT 2 of 3 books Cooke is doing. It is the first 2 of a series he's planning on doing. He is currently scheduled to do 2 more books (The Score, as well as Slayground) due to be released in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Cooke has also expressed a desire to do even more in the future. The reason why books 1 and 2 are packaged together in this release is because they make up one large story arc between the two of them. The 3rd book in the series (The Score) is not related to the first two. So please don't buy this collection of the first two Parker graphic novels thinking it only represents a fraction of a larger body of work. It doesn't. This is award-winning material in this collection. Top-notch packaging and absolutely enough extras for days. People really should know what their commenting on before submitting reviews.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Martines on February 27, 2012
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There is immense pleasure in holding this book, turning the pages, and reading the story. The experience is wonderful in the way that only the printed form can be. The book is hefty, the paper luxurious, and printing beautiful. Darwyn Cooke's adaptations are masterful with a storytelling pace that moves the reader through panelled pages at different levels of speed and intensity. Cooke's craft is showcased to another level with the large Martini/Absolute format revealing nuanced details, and bold shorthand -- Darwyn's craft is at the top of his game. Nothing is compromised in the story or in the production. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Juan Vargas on May 2, 2012
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You can say many good things about the Parker comic series but there is one that stands out above all the (many) others: it has breath taking art. It has more style and elegance than a multy million dollar hollywood flick and this edition and its format showcases the art of Darwyn Cooke perfectly.

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Strahan on February 23, 2012
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The primary reason to purchase this item is the large format. The original Parker adaptations by Cooke are 9"x6". The Martini Edition is nearly 14"x10". I own it and it's enormous. Cooke's artwork really shines in this larger format. The binding is great and the slipcover is very sturdy. There are a ton of extras, including new material not present elsewhere. Other reviewers have addressed the erroneous facts suggested by the 1 star reviewer, so I won't reiterate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By reading guy on March 8, 2012
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I bought this reluctantly as I have the first two books in their regular format. But, as a fan of Darwin Cook, I figured I'd risk it and return it via amazon if it didn't turn out to be worth it. I'm very glad I bought this , now a cornerstone of my library. Outstanding production values, binding, page stock, slipcover. Informative intro with original cover reproductions, an extra story and fantastic realist portraiture as extras. But, the best part is the size. This is a large coffe table book, and this is how these stories should be read as these pulp graphic novels are very close to cinema. The large format is much more enjoyable (similar to the large Dark Horse versions of Sin City). If you are a fan of pulp fiction, noir film, edgy graphic novels, retro and /or Darwin Cook, I highly recommend this. If you already have the other two, you can sell them on amazon or give them to a friend...in short, buy this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Omar C.G.P. on August 19, 2012
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I first read the series at this format. The experience was beautiful. The story was very satifying and entertaining. This is what you get when the creator of the book very well knows and is a fan of the material. The Martini Edition is just the best way to encapsulate vision for the story.

I am just wondering how I will follow this...wait for the next Martini Edition or buy Parker: The Score outright?
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Hanson on December 9, 2011
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Darwyn Cooke and IDW have produced a fanatastic volume for fans of Richard Stark's Parker. The book is a joy to the eye' with the large format being perfect for showing off Cooke's wonderful artwork. With the additional content and gorgeous slipcase this is a class act all the way!
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This is THE EDITION TO GET. Even if you have the original smaller sized ones, this one is better and will increase your appreciation of the whole project. What I want to emphasize is how many wonderful EXTRAS help push this version over the top of awesome into absolutely essential:

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.
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