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WonderCon | Cooke creating new story for Parker: The Martini Edition

Walt Simonson’s Thor isn’t the only comic getting an oversized hardcover from IDW. The company announced at WonderCon Friday that both of Darwyn Cooke’s graphic novel adaptations of Richard Stark’s Parker novels, The Hunter and The Outfit, will be collected into an oversized hardcover edition with an additional 65 pages of content.

Parker: The Martini Edition will come in a slipcase with additional commentary, sketches and a new eight-page Parker story.

“The first two Parker graphic novels have been met with such overwhelming praise,” said series editor Scott Dunbier. “It’s almost been an embarrassment of riches. With this Martini Edition we’re really trying to up the bar and give the fans something extra special—I think we’ll succeed!”

The book is due in July. You can find the release after the jump.

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Cooke and IDW Present Parker: The Martini Edition
Hardcover compilation of The Hunter and The Outfit
Plus art gallery and all-new story

Arriving July 2011

San Diego, CA (April 1, 2011) – At WonderCon today, IDW Publishing announced that Darwyn Cooke’s first two adapted Parker books, THE HUNTER and THE OUTFIT, will be collected in a tremendous, oversized hardcover edition, with an additional 65 pages of Cooke content. Packaged in a beautiful slipcase, The Martini Edition debuts in July and features a brand new Parker short story by Darwyn Cooke.

“The first two Parker graphic novels have been met with such overwhelming praise,” said series editor Scott Dunbier. “It’s almost been an embarrassment of riches. With this Martini Edition we’re really trying to up the bar and give the fans something extra special—I think we’ll succeed!”

Adapted from Richard Stark’s classic crime noir novel, Darwyn Cooke’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. Parker: The Martini Edition will be a very special collection in that it will also feature an expansive section of sketches and preliminaries by the artist, with commentary accompanying. Also included is a brand-new 8-page Parker story by Darwyn Cooke, unique to this volume.

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.

PARKER: THE MARTINI EDITION ($75.00, partial color, 344 pages, 9”x13”) will be available comic and book stores in July 2011. ISB 978-1-60010-980-5.

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I’m really excited about this. I absolutely loved the oversized one-off issue they did, but the books felt a little cramped to me, so I didn’t get them. I’ll be picking this up, though – thanks for the heads up so that I can prep my wallet.

I really hate that readers who purchase the books on release miss out on all of the bonus material when publishers do things like this :/

This will make the third version (first digital, then hardcover) of The Hunter I will have purchased.

Count me in as another sucker for IDW’s publishing scheme. I love Darwyn Cookie’s work too much not to purchase an oversized collection of The Hunter and The Outfit.

Call me what you will, but I found the ‘adaptation’ a cartoon-version of the REAL THING.

And now he includes his own 8 page story?

Talk about riding coattails – this Darwyn guy is practically stealing!

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