- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing; Slp edition (December 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600109802
- ISBN-13: 978-1600109805
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.7 x 13.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
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. There is also an interesting "Parting Shot" excerpt from the Parker novel Butcher's Moon with a full page illustration by Cooke.
8. The extra art and commentaries provide TONS of insight into the character of Parker and some interesting stuff about the original writer Donald Westlake. This book and its extras made me a much bigger fan of this project then ever before.
If you like crime comics at all, get his. If you like film noir at all get this. If you liked the Sin City graphic novels, I think you'll be surprised just how much Frank Miller was influenced by the Parker novels, both in terms of character and the world they inhabit. Lots of similarities between the stories in this book and the early Sin City stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
- but Cooke needs a better text proofreader, to spell Foreword