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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 April 2013
This is the second of Darwyn Cooke's comic book adaptations of Richard Stark's Parker novels with this one using material from the novels "The Outfit" and "The Man with the Getaway Face". After Parker walks off with a hefty chunk of change from the Outfit (a crime syndicate) at the end of the first book The Hunter, a price is put on his head as Parker heads south to enjoy his earnings in the lap of luxury. But even after altering his face with plastic surgery, he's spotted and the Outfit are alerted to his location, Parker decides to gather his criminal friends and bring the fight to the Outfit's boss.

Parker is easily Richard Stark/Donald Westlake's greatest creation. He is an unstoppable, super-efficient career criminal who plans his heists meticulously, selects the most useful members for his team, and has no compunction with killing - but only with no other choice left to him. Parker almost seems like a robot at times - he regards emotion as weakness, and looks upon any kind of extravagance as wasteful, an element that will end the person and send them to jail. And yet he's strangely likeable - or if not that, then fascinating to read as he pulls off daring heists so coolly.

Cooke incorporates different artistic styles to tell the stories of each of Parker's gang hitting the Outfit in different ways even including prose from the source novel to tell certain parts of the story. The styles change the pace of the book, slowing it down while the action ramps up so you've got time to enjoy what happens at just the right speed. It's a great balance.

Cooke's done Richard Stark/Donald Westlake proud by doing such a fantastic job in telling the tale of one of Parker's best adventures with style and panache that only someone as experienced and masterful a comics artist as Cooke could do. It's a great crime caper comic that's terrific fun to read. More, please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2010
Parker is an anti-hero perfect for our moment in time, when for some unfathomable reason we find ourselves hankering after the gender certainties of Mad Men. Parker calls to us from a time when men were men and women were disposable. But boy, everyone was so stylish!

This is a beautifully drawn piece of art that perfectly captures the art style of 60s cartoons as much as the amoral brutality of a career criminal driven to exact terrible... well, it's not really vengeance, more a most extreme interpretation of the rule that attack is the best form of defence.

Readers who haven't read the first episode in this new series will no doubt find that there is some learning to do: while part one does not reach the heights that part two does story-wise, it's worth going back to for the added pay-off here.

The story is undoubtedly pulpy, and yet there are elements that feel both original and realistic, and the artist/editor has been brave enough to play with the graphic novel form, even including prose from the source novel at a vital part in the drama. This changes the pace, feeling like a kind of slow-mo close-up compared to the rip-roaring speed of the rest of the narrative.

Undoubtedly one of the most perfectly formed graphic novels in the rapidly-growing crime genre.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2011
Although this is a modern creation, that book and it's first part can't be read without your rose-tinted nostalgic Film Noir-era glasses. While the graphic work is excellent, the story is a bit thin and dated by today's standards. I am happy to own the two first in the series, but if I buy the follow-up, it'll probably be second hand, if ever.
Jean-Philippe in France
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2010
Yet another masterpiece from Darwyn Cooke. The art is truly stunning, the blue color throughout perfect, the inking wow. Has some interesting spin-off stories as well as the 'main' storyline. The storyline is a little confusing (what with changing his face etc) and will definitely require a re-reading or two. Lovely 60s feel. Very violent.
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VINE VOICEon 30 December 2010
A very strong decond outing for Darwyn Cooke's graphic adaptations of Richard Stark's Parker series. The illustrator continues to work in shades of blue and a cartoonist style that fit the piece very well. The story is a slightly less personal one this time around but involves Parker's network of fellow independent thieves to good effect. A must read for fans of crime fiction. Joyfully ends with the promise that Parker will return in 2012.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2011
Darwyn Cooke is my favourite artist at the moment and for good reason. Cooke's style looks effortless and fits the noir feel of the story perfectly. Also as an actual product the print is gorgeous, the unusual size for a graphic novel is a welcome change and the paper/cover looks (and smells :D) fantastic. Please support this genius and BUY THIS BOOK! (as well as the first obviously ;D)
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