Thwip!’s Retro Tuesday – Darwyn Cooke’s Parker 

Tuesday means that Thwip! goes “retro” and talks about collections/storylines that we think were awesome (and still are) – today we talk about Darwyn Cooke’s Parker adaptations.

Last year we lost a great artist in Darwyn Cooke. In his honor, I would like to talk about Darwyn Cooke’s adaptation of the Richard Stark/Donald Westlake’s Parker stories.

Basically the Parker stories are about the titular Parker and his underworld shenanigans, from revenge to a good ol’fashioned heist.

The stories are decent noir fare, each hitting the proper tropes that one expects from such stories, but to really enjoy the stories, you gotta read them through the lens of Darwyn Cooke. Cooke’s art is goddamn gorgeous by itself, but then he starts playing with form and design, showing off how comics are such a unique medium. The way these adaptations work, it forces the reader to appreciate the art, because the art helps to establish the mood and tone of the story more than the words themselves.

To really enjoy the experience, go for the Martini collection, which is an oversized format that is bigger than DC’s Absolutes, really allowing for one’s eyes to take in the fantastic worksmanship that the great master instilled in his work.

We miss you Darwyn Cooke, hope you are resting in peace.

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