I'll admit that I'd never heard of author Richard Stark (real name: Donald E. Westlake) or his 1962 novel, The Hunter, until I'd read this superb graphic novel adaptation.
Eisner award-winning Artist and writer Darwyn Cooke's version is stunningly rendered in black and blue that perfectly matches the mood of this hard-boiled story about an amoral professional thief name Parker who's on a mission of revenge against another thief who double crossed him.
Imagine Mad Men, with its cool stylishness, but with characters even more depraved and rapacious, and you'll have an idea for what's in store when you read The Hunter.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects