(W/A) Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke's first two Parker books, The Hunter and The Outfit, are collected in a tremendous, special oversized hardcover edition-with an ADDITIONAL 65 pages of Darwyn Cooke content-including a BRAND NEW story and a beautiful slipcase!

Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter graphic novel debuted in July 2008 to instantaneous popular and critical acclaim. It made the New York Times best-seller list and won coveted Eisner and Harvey awards. The second graphic novel, The Outfit, was released last year and was met with similar response, and is currently under consideration for nominations in this year's awards season.

The Hunter and The Outfit tell the story of Parker, Richard Stark's classic anti-hero, as he returns to New York to settle the score with his wife and partner in crime after they betray him in a heist gone terribly wrong. After evening the field and reclaiming his prize, the Outfit decide to do some score settling of their own... and learn much too late that when you push a man like Parker, it had better be all the way to the grave.

This very special collection measures an impressive 9 x 13 inches and weighs in at 334 pages. Extras include an extended art gallery section as well as a brand-new 8-page Parker story by Darwyn Cooke, unique to this volume.

In an age where noir comics are commonplace, it takes a lot for one to really grab you by the balls and not let go. Set in the dark underbelly of the 1960s, Cooke manages to perfectly capture the essence of one of the most bad-ass characters ever created in fiction. There is not enough space for me to go on about how perfect this comic is and why it is worth buying again, even if you already have the individual hardcovers. Trust me. RECOMMENDED BY CASEY!