Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter Vol.1

GameStop, Inc.

by Whitney Grace
Staff Writer

ParkerParker is a thief. On his most recent job, he was cheated out of more than his cut of the loot. Parker was cheated out of his life, he just did not have the decency to die. What does a man do after he is stabbed in the back? He seeks revenge and goes after what is rightly his. Parker is not a common thief; he only goes after big jobs and takes unmarked cash to fund his life style. When the money runs out, he takes another job. Revenge is another story for Parker to contend with. No one wants to give into Parker’s threats, but when he starts taking lives and making things difficult there is no other choice.

From the moment you open this graphic novel, you are absorbed in Parker’s life set in 1962. Color is abandoned in favor of a film noir effect that sets the mood for the entire story. Parker is first introduced as a criminal with vague motivations. Tiny clues are interwoven into the narrative hinting at what led to Parker’s partners and his wife betraying him. As a character, he is hard to sympathize with due to his violent nature. His actions are entirely selfish and he does not show even the tiniest bit of remorse over killing. Despite his negative characteristics, it is intriguing to read about a man hell-bent on revenge.

Parker: The Hunter is adapted from Donald Westlake’s popular novels. Graphic novel adaptations of prose works are extremely difficult to pull off successfully. They are automatically compared to the original work and there is always something wrong. In a few cases, the author and the artist strike the right balance. Parker is a true example of not only an excellent novel adaptation, but also the start of a new graphic novel series.

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