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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 195

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at the nifty original graphic novel, Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score, by Darwyn Cooke…

Enjoy!

Selina’s Big Score takes place after the four-part back-up story by Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke that set up the new Catwoman series, and before the actual series proper (which Cooke started on with Brubaker before giving way to Cameron Stewart after a few issues).

As we have seen with Darwyn Cooke’s Parker adaptations, the man was built for crime noir stories, and Selina’s Big Score, which is about Selina Kyle putting together one last big score before she starts her new role as Catwoman, Robin Hood of East Gotham City.

The book opens up with a striking two page sequence…

Then, like any good caper story, it spends a LOT of time setting up the crew…

I am sure this fellow being named Stark is a total coincidence and not all a reference to the author of the Parker novels…

(by the by, I didn’t pick up the prelude to the new Parker graphic novel by Cooke because I already was planning on reading it, so it seemed pointless – but I presume it was really good, right, people who read it?)

Next, we throw the fly in the ointment into the mix – that fly’s name? Slam Bradley…

When all of the plots and characters come together at the end, it’s quite an enjoyable, albeit dark and stormy (and bloody) ride. Not everyone gets out alive (understatement of the day?).

Boy, Cooke is one masterful storyteller, isn’t he?

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This is one of my favourite Catwoman stories ever, and sets the stage for Brubaker’s brilliant revival of the character.

Cooke is just too good. New Frontier, The Spirit, his issues of Jonah Hex, the man really goes above and beyond.

This was an absolute clinic on how to pace a comic. The way Cooke uses variation in panel size to speed up and slow down the action is amazing.

So far, in my reading years Brubaker and Cooke are the only team to really get Selina right, or at least sustainably relevant. Would love to see some follow ups to their run.

Hmm, despite my love Cooke (and this book IS beautiful) this never worked very well for me…but you’ve convinced me to take another look!

Brian: According to Cooke in the introduction, The Man with the Getaway Face will be included in the new Parker graphic novel. Still, it’s a very cool package, because it’s GIANT-SIZED!!!!! Plus, you know, two dollars.

Brian: According to Cooke in the introduction, The Man with the Getaway Face will be included in the new Parker graphic novel. Still, it’s a very cool package, because it’s GIANT-SIZED!!!!! Plus, you know, two dollars.

Right, that’s why I didn’t get it, because I knew it was just a preview (I tend not to read previews of stuff I know I’m going to read anyways). So it was awesome, right?

Yeah, it was quite good. Better than the first graphic novel, as Cooke pulled off on the narration just a bit. I hope he continues to trust his art storytelling, because the first one was a bit too wordy. This is a good start to the next one.

I have been meaning to read this for SO LONG.

Right, that’s why I didn’t get it, because I knew it was just a preview (I tend not to read previews of stuff I know I’m going to read anyways). So it was awesome, right?

The thing about Man With A Getaway Face is that it’s not just a preview, it’s an actual self-contained story in its own right. I usually share your policy but in this case, it’s a way of getting a complete Cooke Parker story a few months in advance. And it was totally awesome. I loved The Hunter– I would easily say it was the best comic/graphic novel I read in 2009– but they managed to do everything that was great about it in super-compressed fashion. It’s got me stoked for The Outfit when it comes out later this year.

Yes, he is! And of course The Outfit will be AMAZING!!!

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