Gotham was certainly an interesting prospect when it was first announced, and many Batman fans were unsure whether a TV show about a rookie Jim Gordon and a child Bruce Wayne could work. Now we’re halfway through season 2, and the show continues to surprise with how weird and wonderful it can be, while providing interesting and unique takes on classic Batman tropes.
If watching Gotham has inspired you to try out some more noir crime comics, we have some suggestions. We're going to look beyond the obvious choices of Batman, Detective Comics, and the comic that most directly inspired Gotham, Gotham Central. Instead, we’ve picked out five of the best independent crime and detective books for you to check out
Over the past few years, the Humble Bundle has become a pretty reliable source for getting great comics at incredibly cheap prices, to the point where I finally had to sit down and read a bunch of comic books about robots that turn into cars because it just didn't make financial sense not to. This week, though, it looks like they're officially done fooling around. The current bundle, which runs through June 10th, finds Humble teaming up with IDW and Top Shelf to offer a massive amount of books.
Darwyn Cooke just can't get enough of Richard Stark's Parker.
The writer/artist has already adapted four (five, if you consider that one adaptation, The Outfit, is a combination of two) of the novels author Donald Westlake wrote under the name Richard Stark. Now, Cooke is teaming up with IDW to illustrate new, deluxe editions of those novels starting in June with the first in the series, The Hunter. Attendees at the Toronto Comics and Art Festival next week will have the opportunity to grab The Hunter a bit early, in the form of a super-fancy limited edition.
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
Today saw the release of Darwyn Cooke's adaptation of Richard Stark'sSlayground, but if you're curious about the original, you might want to pick the novel up, too... along with the story that runs parallel to it in a completely different novel!
Simply put, Slayground is one of the best crime novels ever written. The 14th book in Donald Westlake's brilliant Parker series of novels, it might be the quintessential Parker tale. Westlake, who wrote the series under the name Richard Stark, shows Parker at his best: alone, nearly defenseless, hunted by two dozen men as he hides out in a snow covered, shut down amusement park with a sack full of money. He finds a way out, of course, because that's what he does. But reading it as it unfolds, and witnessing Parker and Westlake do what they do best, is an absolute treat.
If you're a fan of the novels, there's an excellent chance this installment ranks among your favorites. And if you've read the books and you've been collecting the award-winning graphic novel adaptations by Darwyn Cooke, this may be the book you've been looking forward to the most, and maybe the one Cooke was most looking forward to recreating.
I've read all 16 of the original run of Parker novels -- Westlake would return to the series 23 years after the 16th book -- and one of the many things that strikes me about Cooke's adaptations is the fact that he's created a Parker who looks and feels exactly like the one I imagined: cold, calm, and effortlessly terrifying. Cooke's latest graphic novel in the Parker series, on sale this week, will no doubt be a late entry for best comic of 2013.
IDW has provided ComicsAlliance with a 14 page preview of Slayground, which you can view below.
Though Darwyn Cooke's Eisner Award winning graphic novel adaptations of Richard Stark's classic Parker novels are nearing their conclusion, the acclaimed cartoonist isn't quite done with the series yet. Encouraged by Cooke, IDW will publish new deluxe hardcover versions of the novels, featuring new cover designs and illustrations by Cooke.
Darwyn Cooke's next adaptation of Richard Stark a.k.a. Donald Westlake's Parker crime novel series has been confirmed. Slayground, the fourth of Cooke's Parker books following The Hunter in 2009, The Outfit in 2010 (which won Cooke an Eisner for best writer) and The Score in 2012 (nominated for an Eisner this year for Best Adaptation) will arrive in stores and on digital devices in December.
Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.
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Scott Snyder, Jock & Francesco Francavilla's double-headed Batman/Commissioner Gordon serial from Detective Comics was one of the chief attractions of the pre-reboot DC (and had a lot of impressively over-the-top artwork), even though it was kneecapped a little by the series reverting from 30 to 20 pages of story very shortly into its run. I'm loo...
The 2011 Harvey Awards were presented this past Saturday in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry's most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art...
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