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  1. says:

    A friend of mine is constantly talking about Richard Stark s PARKER, so when I saw a bunch of these graphic novels at the comic shop, I grabbed one at random to see what it was all about.Darwyn Cooke is a fantastic writer, and while I can t say what kind of job he does translating Stark s work because I haven t read the source material , I can say that, objectively, he does a great job with this story He brings tense, crime fiction to life in a compelling and engaging way The art and color is A friend of mine is constantly talking about Richard Stark s PARKER, so when I saw a bunch of these graphic novels at the comic shop, I grabbed one at random to see what it was all about.Darwyn Cooke is a fantastic writer, and while I can t say what kind of job he does translating Stark s work because I haven t read the source material , I can say that, objectively, he does a great job with this story He brings tense, crime fiction to life in a compelling and engaging way The art and color is wonderful, and evokes the period beautifully.I will probably pick up Darwyn Cooke s other works in this series, and I m adding Stark s original works to my list, as well


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    When we ve hit a point where Hollywood thinks that Jason Statham would be the perfect guy to play Parker in a movie, maybe it s best that we all just stick to Darwyn Cooke s graphic novel adaptations of the Richard Stark books to get our visuals of what the professional thief s stories would look like.This one adapts The Score in which Parker puts together a crew to take over and loot a small isolated mining town As he did in his versions of The Hunter and The Outfit Cooke uses the text from th When we ve hit a point where Hollywood thinks that Jason Statham would be the perfect guy to play Parker in a movie, maybe it s best that we all just stick to Darwyn Cooke s graphic novel adaptations of the Richard Stark books to get our visuals of what the professional thief s stories would look like.This one adapts The Score in which Parker puts together a crew to take over and loot a small isolated mining town As he did in his versions of The Hunter and The Outfit Cooke uses the text from the book along with his artwork to tell the story, and as with the other ones, he does a first rate job of it.This one has a black and yellow color scheme with that retro style that fits the Parker stories perfectly Cooke also incorporates clever touches like showing us a map where each character is during the takeover of the town Particularly nice is how he draws scenes that illustrate what s going on in the imagination of the whimsical Grofield as they pull off the job So if the thought of watching a so called Parker movie featuring Statham and J Lo depresses you as much as it does me, grab one of these adaptations and replace that mental picture with Cooke s brilliant work


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    I read this last night while also watching the Olympics with my family, which makes for a really funny juxtaposition, since the Olympics is all sentimental storytelling, rooted in the back stories of all the largely American participants if you are watching it as I am, in the U S , and Richard Stark s one pseudonym for Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Donald Westlake Parker is the hardest boiled detective you ever met, the opposite of sentimental Westlake adapted Jim Thompson s nove I read this last night while also watching the Olympics with my family, which makes for a really funny juxtaposition, since the Olympics is all sentimental storytelling, rooted in the back stories of all the largely American participants if you are watching it as I am, in the U S , and Richard Stark s one pseudonym for Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Donald Westlake Parker is the hardest boiled detective you ever met, the opposite of sentimental Westlake adapted Jim Thompson s novel The Grifters into an academy award winning screenplay, so if you ve seen the film you know the territory, though Parker s world has even less sense of humor Parker never smiles once And of course, the ladies are attracted to him even if one of them calls him ugly.This is the third in the Parker series adapted beautifully by Darwin Cooke, in retro sixties art and color, very hip and lean and mean The story is of a score, the biggest and most improbable one Parker a lifetime criminal, a thief ever did, taking a town at night, with an outfit of twelve wise guys In the two previous books, everything went perfectly In this one, mistakes are made, and Parker knows it from the beginning but surprisingly goes through with it, anyway He doesn t thoroughly research Edgars, the guy who wants to take this town down, he has too many variables to control, he goes soft and allows one of the guys who picks up a girl to take her along instead of offing her which as a detective thriller reader, you know he had to do, but there is a slight soft spot in this Parker, he likes the dames.This is a great fast story, with a great ending If you like hard boiled de tec tive stories, as I guess I now discover I really do, this is a great series Visually it s wonderful, a dream


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    Every single time I put down one of Darwyn Cooke s Richard Stark adaptations, I tell myself, Man, I really need to read those Parker books Not only do they come with solid recommendations from many of my trusted friends, they re right up my alley Disgruntled con man with some serious anger issues Give me all the books.Parker s general rule states that if a job needsthan five people, it s not a job So imagine his reaction when someone proposed a heist requiringthan twenty five b Every single time I put down one of Darwyn Cooke s Richard Stark adaptations, I tell myself, Man, I really need to read those Parker books Not only do they come with solid recommendations from many of my trusted friends, they re right up my alley Disgruntled con man with some serious anger issues Give me all the books.Parker s general rule states that if a job needsthan five people, it s not a job So imagine his reaction when someone proposed a heist requiringthan twenty five bodies Scaling things down to a modest twelve crooks, Parker joins in with a rag tag group of criminals recruited by a mysterious newbie, Edgars, with a plan to rob an entire town Edgars is upfront about his displeasure with the quarry city and makes it known that the job has a lot to do with personal reasons another red flag for Parker Parker admits that he s in need of a challenge and with a take of this size roughly a quarter of a million it s hard to say no.I often wonder how objective I would be with the material if I had read the original books I can t attest to how accurate the adaptations are, all I can say is how much fun they are to read The artwork is gorgeous and the colors, while subdued, find a way to do so much with varying shades of only one predominate color.I m a big fan of Cooke s approach to this project The series is very much a show, don t tell adaptation as there are large sections of storytelling without dialogue I guess that s the point If you wanted tons of words encasing the beautiful imagery, you might as well read the books.Cross Posted Every Read Thing


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    I m the perfect audience for these books as I ve never read a Richard Stark Donald Westlake novel about Parker but I love Darwyn Cooke, I like crime stories and looooove comics, so mixing all that up and serving it to me is gravy every time I will read a Parker novel by Westlake one day but for now, The Hunter, The Outfit, and this one, The Score are perfectly enjoyable by themselves Parker is his usual tough guy self as he gets drawn into a scheme to rob an entire town, a small mining town in I m the perfect audience for these books as I ve never read a Richard Stark Donald Westlake novel about Parker but I love Darwyn Cooke, I like crime stories and looooove comics, so mixing all that up and serving it to me is gravy every time I will read a Parker novel by Westlake one day but for now, The Hunter, The Outfit, and this one, The Score are perfectly enjoyable by themselves Parker is his usual tough guy self as he gets drawn into a scheme to rob an entire town, a small mining town in the middle of nowhere, in a single night He assembles a team of expert thieves to assist in the raid and they plan meticulously but of course things don t go according to plan, neither are they what they seem My favourite book of the series so far is The Outfit though The Score is a close runner up and it s told in astraightforward way, unlike The Outfit which made great use of various comics styles to tell the story The Score is also the first Parker book where thing have gone wrong in previous titles, Parker and co have made a plan and pulled it off perfectly Here, Parker finally encounters trouble and has to deal with complications as they arise, leading to atense and exciting story overall The one criticism I would have is how few people the crew encounter in the town even if there is a curfew and it s set at night, they meet just one person on the streets In the entire town Hmmm Cooke s art is as amazing as ever and his adaptation while I don t know how faithful to the source material it is is a thrilling read If you love crime comics set in the 60s era with fantastic art and tremendous style, Cooke s Parker books are for you The Score is terrific can t wait for Slayground Cooke s next Parker adaptation


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    The Cooke Westlake a.k.a Stark teaming returns to the spirit, quality and effectiveness shown in the initial volume The Hunter with their third book The Score The sopho effort, The Outfit, was good but sort of lost its momentum for awhile in the middle This time laconic thief Parker works with a larger than usual crew which, of course, complicates matters to execute an audacious heist in a quiet midwestern mining town Things get interesting when a pretty good PLOT TWIST occurs The Cooke Westlake a.k.a Stark teaming returns to the spirit, quality and effectiveness shown in the initial volume The Hunter with their third book The Score The sopho effort, The Outfit, was good but sort of lost its momentum for awhile in the middle This time laconic thief Parker works with a larger than usual crew which, of course, complicates matters to execute an audacious heist in a quiet midwestern mining town Things get interesting when a pretty good PLOT TWIST occurs Maybe it s simply the early 60 s style fedoras, ever present cigarettes, wide body cars from Detroit, femme fatales over actual substance that I love, but like the movie tagline from the Parker inspired The Payback stated Get ready to cheer for the bad guy


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    This is an adaptation of one of my favorite Parker novels, and Darwyn Cooke doesn t disappoint He has a great sense of pacing Too many comic book writers seem to assume that people spend as much time on the visuals as they do the dialogue, which leads to some choppy pacing For this book, though, Cooke intersperses dialogue sections with speech free action sections, and it really works He also wonderfully evokes the 60s setting of the original novel without being cutesy or overloading the na This is an adaptation of one of my favorite Parker novels, and Darwyn Cooke doesn t disappoint He has a great sense of pacing Too many comic book writers seem to assume that people spend as much time on the visuals as they do the dialogue, which leads to some choppy pacing For this book, though, Cooke intersperses dialogue sections with speech free action sections, and it really works He also wonderfully evokes the 60s setting of the original novel without being cutesy or overloading the narrative My favorite aspect of Richard Stark s Parker novels has always been the heists The Score was the first big heist Parker ever pulled off, and for my money The Score is the best Cooke adaptation to date


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    Darwyn Cooke s previous adaptations of Richard Stark s Parker novels The Hunter The Outfit were faithful to the source material Cooke had even included pertinent elements of The Man With The Getaway Face in the Outfit adaptation and it was a real pleasure for me to have one of my favourite artists illustrate some of my favourite crime stories This book continues the trend What initially struck me was the choice of colour for the art In the previous volumes, we had black white art Darwyn Cooke s previous adaptations of Richard Stark s Parker novels The Hunter The Outfit were faithful to the source material Cooke had even included pertinent elements of The Man With The Getaway Face in the Outfit adaptation and it was a real pleasure for me to have one of my favourite artists illustrate some of my favourite crime stories This book continues the trend What initially struck me was the choice of colour for the art In the previous volumes, we had black white art with a third colour used for shading The Hunter had a dark bluish green, and The Outfit had purple This book uses a bright orange But guess what it works.Like in the first two adaptations by Cooke, there are some departures from the source material, but all the elements that I loved about The Score have been faithfully translated to the comic book page and make this another successful adaptation by Darwyn Cooke Cooke s adaptation of Slayground is next


  9. says:

    Not nearly as good as Darwyn Cooke s adaptations of the Parker novels The Hunter and The Score It was just as skillfully adapted as a graphic novel, with a sparse monochromatic but propulsive drawing and minimalist writing I think, without having read it directly, that the problem is the plot of the underlying novel it is adapting The Hunter and The Outfit both have a higher level of double crossing,varied settings, and an almost epic struggle of Parker as a solo criminal against The O Not nearly as good as Darwyn Cooke s adaptations of the Parker novels The Hunter and The Score It was just as skillfully adapted as a graphic novel, with a sparse monochromatic but propulsive drawing and minimalist writing I think, without having read it directly, that the problem is the plot of the underlying novel it is adapting The Hunter and The Outfit both have a higher level of double crossing,varied settings, and an almost epic struggle of Parker as a solo criminal against The Outfit as a wide ranging organization with tentacles in everything In contrast, The Score isof a standard caper story as Parker is presented with an idea for a score, assembles a crew, procures weapons, cases the site, moves in, it goes partly wrong, and then they leave and hideout Nothing , nothing less.I just re read my review of the second book and find that at least I m consistent in identifying trends, but unfortunately the trends seem to be accelerating The sequel to The Hunter is nearly as good In this story, Parker continues his revenge on The Outfit a seeminglyupscale version of the Mafia , organizing caper after caper to hit them where it hurts, in their pocketbooks It is only nearly as good because it lacks some of the novelty you get with the introduction of a new character and also some of the closeness of the betrayal and revenge depicted in the previous book


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    Darwyn Cooke continues adapting Donald E Westlake s Parker series into graphic novel form with THE SCORE, the third volume in the series And like the first two, it s wonderful, with a terse script and evocative artwork that captures the mid Sixties era perfectly This is the one where Parker and a crew that includes Alan Grofield try to loot an entire copper mining town in North Dakota, only to run into some unexpected problems Seeing how Parker deals with those problems is one of the ongoing Darwyn Cooke continues adapting Donald E Westlake s Parker series into graphic novel form with THE SCORE, the third volume in the series And like the first two, it s wonderful, with a terse script and evocative artwork that captures the mid Sixties era perfectly This is the one where Parker and a crew that includes Alan Grofield try to loot an entire copper mining town in North Dakota, only to run into some unexpected problems Seeing how Parker deals with those problems is one of the ongoing pleasures of this series


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Parker: The Score Fresh From His Eisner Award Winning Efforts On The Hunter And The Outfit, Darwyn Cooke Now Sets His Steely Sights On The Score, The Classic Richard Stark Parker Novel From 1964 Parker Becomes Embroiled In A Plot With A Dozen Partners In Crime To Pull Off What Might Be The Ultimate Heist Robbing An Entire Town Everything Was Going Fine For A While, And Then Things Got Bad Considered One Of The Best In The Parker Series, The Score Is The Perfect Vehicle For Darwyn Cooke To Pull Out All The Stops And Let Loose With A Book That Has All The Impact Of A Brutal Kick To The Solar Plexus