Richard Stark's Parker, the Hunter

Richard Stark's Parker, the Hunter

A Graphic Novel

Comic Book - 2009
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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 revenge and reclaim what was taken from him! Richard (Donald Westlake) Stark's groundbreaking Parker books are adapted for the first time as a series of graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke. The initial installment brings to life the first Parker book,a The Hunter , which introduces readers to the dangerous anti-hero's cold and calculated world of criminals, thugs, and grifters.
Publisher: San Diego : IDW Pub., 2009
ISBN: 9781600104930
Branch Call Number: GN Cook
Characteristics: 140 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Stark, Richard 1933-2008
Dunbier, Scott
Alternative Title: Hunter
Parker, the hunter


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Dec 14, 2016

Reading about Parker is like watching a shark glide through the water to take prey. Except that sharks are SUPPOSED to eat stuff, so it's not crime. Parker is 100% crime. And when he's double-crossed in his crime, it does not end well.

The Hunter is the first in the series of Cooke's adaptations of the crime novels written by Stark. It's all about revenge. If you're looking for a good guy here, you won't find one. If you're looking for someone to root for, you won't find that either, unless you can do some kind of math where an individual thief who beats people up and kills them is better than organized crime. Parker isn't an antihero, I promise. He's just bad.

So I don't know why I love this series! I usually need someone to bond with, and there is no bonding here. But Cooke is a master storyteller and artist, and the books are just so good.

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