Counting down the Top 100 comics of the year
50. Parker: Slayground
Written by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)
Adapted and Drawn by Darwyn Cooke
Published by IDW
Cooke's adaptations of Westlake's Parker novels bristle with cool-headed action, and the retro style makes them go down smooth. This slim volume finds Parker playing cat-and-mouse with gangsters and crooked cops in a shuttered amusement park; Cooke also shows off his storytelling chops with a short piece at the end. Great stuff.
-- CBR & Robot 6 Contributor Brigid Alverson
Darwyn Cooke's Parker adaptations are always great, but the ones that stand out the most are the ones where Cooke takes advantage of his unique format to do things you wouldn't be able to do in a non-comic format, and 'Slayground' is definitely an example of this as he really tries some different approaches, including a pull-out map to the theme park at the heart of the story (as Parker is trapped inside an amusement park after a job goes wrong and is hunted down by crooked cops and the mob).
-- Comics Should Be Good Editor Brian Cronin