Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter
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Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter

Writer: Darwyn Cooke Artist: Darwyn Cooke Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: July 15, 2009 Cover Price: $24.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 2
9.4Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

Darwyn Cooke, the Eisner-Award-winning writer/artist of such classics as DC: The New Frontier, Selina's Big Score, and The Spirit, now sets his artistic sights on bringing to life one of the true classics of crime fiction: Richard Stark's Parker. Stark was a pseudonym used by the revered and multi-award-winning author, Donald Westlake.
The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind-to coldly exact his reve more

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Sep 2, 2009

    Usually, I would be rooting for the Batman to bring a character like Parker to justice, but Cooke's artwork and his interpretation of Donald Westlake's hard boiled prose make a persuasive argument. Factor in IDW's handsome physical design for the book, and The Hunter becomes an essential addition to any collection. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jun 18, 2009

    Cooke portrays the dangerous world in which these characters exist as oddly alluring but at the same time, they're clearly living depressing lives. Parker is ultimately a survivor, someone who chases after what he needs rather than what he wants. Parker is incredibly impressive and intimidating, but he's also a pitiable figure. While this piece of crime fiction is fascinating, with its clever twists and examination of the tricks of the criminal's trade, the reason it's such a captivating read is that it's such a thorough, well-crafted character study of a broken but strong man. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Tony Rakittke Sep 1, 2009

    Delighting in Parker's quest for revenge is the ultimate guilty pleasure. You know full well that Parker is as much a villain as the gangsters he's hunting down, and yet you can't help but root for him to succeed because part of you would love to be just like him, taking command of your life in a way that only he can. This is one graphic novel that needs to be on your bookshelf. Not to be missed! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Feb 12, 2019

    THE HUNTER is the first of four of Cookes adaptations of the Parker novels, and a book that I think you really need to read. Read it if youre a Noir fan, read it if youre a fan of any of the films, read it if youre a fan of Donald Westlake, read it if youre a fan of Darwyn Cooke, but whatever your reason, just read it. Read Full Review

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