Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score

Richard Stark's Parker - The-ScoreSummary: 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!

Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score, by Richard Stark and Darwyn Cooke 8.25

Well, here’s another winner from Stark and Cooke. Together, can they ever do any wrong?

Seriously, I haven’t enjoyed a series as consistently as I’m enjoying the Parker books since I first read ‘Blacksad’ – the problem with ‘Blacksad’ being that it lasted three books after sputter out out a fourth.

The Parker series is an adaptation of crime novels that Richard Stark wrote years ago and that Cooke is turning into graphic novel form – so the material is already all fleshed out and extremely solid.

I suppose that the adaptation could be weaker than the original, but Cooke has a knack for distilling the essence of the novels into short form and illustrating them. As I’ve mentioned before, for the other books, his art is absolutely perfect for the material: not only does he give the book a retro feel absolutely in keeping with the era of the stories and the time that they were written in, but it’s beautiful and stylish as well.

I couldn’t possibly ask for a more solid affair than the ‘The Score’. From beginning to end, Stark delivers a realistic portrayal of the criminal underworld; it feels absolutely believable. And Cooke is one fantastic storyteller – he knows exactly how to enhance the tale with his art.

I can’t wait until the next Parker book.

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