- 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!
About the Author
Richard Stark is the most famous pseudonym of world-renowned author Donald Westlake (1933-2008). In 1962 hecreated the master thief Parker and began a series of novels that have been recognized as seminal works of crime fiction. Several of Westlake’s books have been adapted by Hollywood and Westlake’s adaptation of The Grifters earned him an Academy Award nomination for best motion picture screenplay. Westlake has won numerous awards for his fiction and in 1993 the Mystery Writers of America named him a Grand Master, the highest honor bestowed by that prestigious society.
Darwyn Cooke (1962-2015) was a graphic designer and animator who turned his attention toward cartooning in the late nineties. Known primarily for his work on the DC line of superheroes, Cooke always had an affinity for crime fiction and has often cited the Parker books as a great source of creative inspiration. Cooke has won multiple Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster awards, as well as the National Cartoonist Society’s Best Series award. In 2008 Cooke was Emmy-nominated for the animated adaptation of his magnum opus, DC: The New Frontier.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Darwyn Cooke is one of the best things happening in comics today. His take on the new Before Watchmen series – The Minutemen, as well as Catwoman, and the first two ‘Parker’ novels are nothing short of brilliant! That’s why it pains me to say that the Score is good, but not great. To be fair, I don’t think this is Cooke's fault. His two-color, noir artwork is glorious again. But the story itself is a bit ponderous. With a 12-man team, and five or six locals, and five or six others, there are simply too many characters. The Hunter moved at a brisk pace, in part because of the smallish world it inhabited. In ‘The Score’ the voluminous characters bogs things down, and this is true of the original novel as well. Not enough time is afforded to the Edgars character, for example, to make much of an impact before the conclusion. That being said, this is still on a higher level than quite a bit of what’s coming out today. If you don’t already have the first two, I suggest you get ‘Parker: The Martini Edition’ instead. It has the first two graphic novels – The Hunter and The Outfit, and also the in-between, stand-alone story The Man With the Getaway Face.
Cooke does a great job. These books are such a nice package. A true graphic novel, not a collection.