Friday, August 17, 2012

Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit

by Darwyn Cooke (adaptation and illustration), Richard Stark (a.k.a. Donald Westlake, original novel), 152 pages

Parker's just trying to enjoy getting back to his old routine of periodic thievery and living off the spoils between jobs, but the Outfit, the syndicate from which earlier he extorted his rightful share of a past heist (originally withheld and used by a backstabbing partner to pay off his own debts to the organization), won't just let bygones be bygones.  Silly Outfit.  They didn't think Parker was serious when he said if they didn't leave him alone, he wouldn't leave them alone, either.

Sneaky, clever devil, that Parker.  This second adaptation of one of Westlake's classic crime novels is just as cool and dark as the first, with perhaps a few more giggles courtesy of some newly introduced associates and a fun segment in the middle of the book depicting the breakdown of a series of Parker-inspired hits against the Outfit.  The art (with more blue than grey, this time) is nicely old-school in a way that doesn't feel dated in the least, as it so perfectly fits the story and its iconic lead.

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