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Richard Stark's Parker, Vol. 1: The Hunter Hardcover – July 28, 2009
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There's no question in my mind that The Hunter is one of the best comics I'll read this year. As an unabashed fan of both the Parker novels and of Darwyn Cooke's comics, I've looked forward to it with the same kind of anticipation I imagine a million young women have for a glimpse of the greasy locks of Robert Pattinson. --Tucker Stone in Comixology
It s July and this may well be the book of the year. A must for anyone with a penchant for Chandler-esque heroes and hard boiled storytelling. The great news is that this is just the first of four planned Parker graphic novels by Cooke. Book 2 is out in 2010 I ve no idea when, but I ll be eagerly awaiting it. Something this near perfect will no doubt be worth the wait. --Richard Burton in the Forbidden Planet Blog
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Written by Richard Stark
Adapted by Darwyn Cooke
Wow. I'm already a fan of comicbook artist Darwyn Cooke (wish he had more books out!) but I gotta say, this adaptation of a gritty noir novel by author Richard Stark really floored me. The first chapter of the book is told almost entirely without words, transforming the taut, cynical prose into pure imagery, as we are introduced to the book's steely, taciturn, utterly immoral antihero -- Parker -- who counterfeits and backstabs his way through the recesses of New York City, circa 1962, hellbent on revenge. It's a real tour-de-force of visual storytelling, but even when the text kicks in, the book never feels cluttered. From start to finish, this graphic novel is a real page-turner... Hopefully there'll be a follow-up soon! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
If you are a Richard Stark fan, this is a fantastic addition and homage to the man's work on every level.
It's a hit from page one and will turn anyone not into graphic art or the crime genre right into an instant fan.
Cooke's take on the classic two fisted tale of Parker is marvelous! Rarely has the written word been translated so perfectly in this genre. Parker's thirst for revenge is papable, sweaty, and ugly...and you better not turn away! As a long time fan of Cooke's, I had no doubt he was up to the task of depicting Stark's mayhem machine but... wow... this easily surpassed my expectations. The cold blooded black and white artwork is like a sledge hammer on your sleep walking jaw; it's jarring!
If you love the genre, the character, the artist, then come along for the ride...just try not to get blood and bone in your eyes!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the Hunter! I had to purchase this for a class and it was actually an easy cool read. Would recommend.Published 2 months ago by Andrea
I am a big fan of graphic novels, above any other story medium. I don't read all that much prose or watch many movies, but I have bookcases full of graphic novels. Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. Robert Katz
Great illustrations, but the story was convoluted and confusing.Published 11 months ago by Thomas A. Stein
Words can not describe how much I love this. The illustrations are perfect for this type of story. I will say that sometimes I felt that I might as well be rereading the original... Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Flynn
If you're only familiar with this story because of the movie adaptations, do yourself a favor and see what a visionary like Darywn Cooke can do.Published 14 months ago by Lazarus
I ordered a book and it was a comic book,so it should be 0 stars!Published 15 months ago by Charles W, Underwood