Thursday, July 15, 2010

What's next for Richard Stark's PARKER

New in comics stores this week is Richard Stark’s Parker: The Man With the Getaway Face, adapted by writer/artist Darwyn Cooke. This 24-page comic book condenses the original novel by Richard Stark (AKA Donald Westlake), serving as a prelude to this fall's full-length comic book adaptation of The Outfit.

Cooke's 2009 adaptation of The Hunter garnered acclaim from fans of crime fiction and crime comics. But instead of following it up with an adaptation of the second book in Stark's original series, Cooke opted to include only a few elements from it and jump directly to the third book. "I don’t think [The Man with the Getaway Face] is one of the strongest books, but there’s key continuity in there,” he told CBR. "The Outfit was the first real bona fide classic. It's the one where Westlake really hits his stride, and all this material really comes together in a strong, strong way."

Watch for the adaptation of The Outfit in October of 2010 from IDW.
Click here to read a preview of The Man with the Getaway Face.

Related links:
Donald Westlake: Gone, Not Forgotten
Donald Westlake 1933-2008
Adapting Richard Stark's PARKER
Crime Fiction with the masters

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