Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit

Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit

by Richard Stark, Darwyn Cooke


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The Eisner-Award winning creator continues adapting Richard Stark's world of criminals, thugs, and grifters with his signature pulp flair in this second installment.

A hard-nosed thief, Parker is Richard Stark's most famous creation, and Stark, in turn, is the most famous pen name of Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Donald E. Westlake. Darwyn Cooke’s beautifully stylized artwork perfectly compliments the hard-hitting action of one of the hardest hard-boiled characters in all of crime fiction.

With his old scores settled, Parker's living the good life... until a snitch rats him out to the Outfit for the bounty on his head. Now, he's no longer living in swank hotels and enjoying the finer things, and someone has to pay for that. The Outfit's about to learn, if you push Parker, it better be all the way into the grave.

Winner of the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631407406
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Series: Parker
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,232,139
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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.

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Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Darwyn Cooke has this unique ability to completely transfer the reader's mind to the landscape he has created. Reading this I can completely see and almost feel every aspect of this criminal empire in the early 60s. There are so many unique panels and pages that each seems like a artistic masterpiece. I loved the different jobs his crew was pulling and exactly how they were pulled off. Overall this was really fantastic and my only beef is that it wasn't long enough which is something Cooke can't really control based on the source material.
mikewick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Richard Stark's writings are the stuff that Darwyn Cooke was born to illustrate. Not only is Cooke's adaptations of Stark's novels spot-on, but his art is almost synonymous with the gritty crime noir of the 40's and 50's. The second in the series, "The Outfit" depicts a Biblically-proportioned outpouring of vengeance on the head of his nemesis, a mob boss who was the cause of his dame's death and the reason he had to get a new face. The pacing has a bit of the "Catch Me If You Can" feel, due primarily to the story's second chapter where a series of vignettes recounts how Parker & co. pulled off some big-money heists, and Cooke's different visual styles that he uses to illustrate each episode are absolutely fantastic. Yet another winner for Cooke, who has shown how superbly he can capture the feeling of crime noir for the graphic novel format.
goodinthestacks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book of the graphic novel "Parker" series was just as good as the first. The best part was the third section of the book, breaking down the different robberies and how they were done. Highly recommended, especially if you are a fan of the original novels or noir/crime books in general.
kristenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was just as fun as the first volume. Since these stories can be formula, I wondered whether the novelty would wear off, but there were some nice new elements to keep it fresh. I appreciated the addition of an upbeat supporting cast as a contrast to the relentlessly grim main character and the variety of styles of the assorted side heists. And although with a series like this, you at least know the main character will survive the book, there's certainly no guarantee his plans will succeed. There's still plenty of suspense. And of course your typically glorious, stylish Darwyn Cooke art.
jasonlf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The sequel to The Hunter is nearly as good. In this story, Parker continues his revenge on The Outfit (a seemingly more upscale 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.Darwyn Cooke, the illustrator/adapter of this book, is evidently doing two more over the next two years. Should be time in the interim to read at least one of the 24 original Parker novels that Richard Stark (the pen name for Donald Westlake) actually wrote.