Slog News & Arts

Line Out

Music & Nightlife

« In Case You Forgot the City Is... | Good News/Bad News (Amazon Edi... »

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Point Blank

posted by on July 24 at 14:00 PM


Darwyn Cooke, who to my mind is one of the most entertaining writer/artists working in mainstream comics today, just announced that he’s adapting the Richard Stark Parker novels into comic book form starting in 2009. Richard Stark was a pen name for Donald Westlake, and Westlake is going to be involved in helping Cooke with the adaptation.

The Parker books are a dark series of crime novels about a violent man named, um, Parker. Many of his missions involve vengeance, and they’re all incredibly violent. Most people probably know them by the movie adaptations. Both the gross Mel Gibson movie Payback and the brilliant Lee Marvin movie Point Blank are very loose adaptations of a Stark novel. I can’t wait to read these comics, but to tide me over, it looks like the Parker novels, which have been in and out of print over the last few decades, are being reissued starting in September. If you like crime or suspense novels, you should check them out.

RSS icon Comments


Two great tastes that taste great together! YES!

Posted by Chris B | July 24, 2008 2:20 PM

Two great tastes that taste great together! YES!!!

Posted by Chris B | July 24, 2008 2:21 PM

Awesome, I've been looking for these books for a while. Point Blank kicks much ass and is far superior to Payback, though I haven't seen the new director's cut (Apparently makes it a wholly different movie). I have a vision of Lee Marvin grinding Mel Gibson under his bootheel with that characteristic tight-lipped stare, giving no more thought to the act than stomping out a cigarette butt. This comforts me.

Posted by laterite | July 24, 2008 3:23 PM

An incredibly violent graphic novel? Why, I've waited my whole life for that!

Posted by elenchos | July 24, 2008 4:59 PM

Comments Closed

Comments are closed on this post.