Each week the iFanStaff passes along a tasty drink recipe and an even tastier comic book recommendation. The cocktail (or beer, or wine, or booze) and the comic can both be enjoyed independently, but they have a common theme and when served together they can make for the perfect reading experience.
He walked into the crowded club, his quick dark eyes instinctively looking for all the exits. The city’s richest and most powerful had all come together at the Club Cockatoo for an evening of illicit decadence. But he was there with a very specific purpose. He’d dolled himself up to fit in with the crowd–tuxedo, slicked hair, stiff shiny shoes. Under the suit, his lean muscles flexed with the lightening reflexes of a predator on the hunt. He made his way to the bar.
The bartender expertly spun a bottle of vodka in his right hand and chuckled, “Shaken, not stirred, eh?” But the cold stare from his dark customer made him put down the vodka and reach for the gin. Gently pouring a classic martini into a glass, the bartender tentatively started to reach for the garnish box, giving the man an expectant look.
He turned around from the bar to survey the room. He stuck his thick fingers into the glass and fished out an olive. The Senator’s wife looked at him aghast at the vulgarity. Parker popped the olive into his mouth and moved on.
½ oz dry vermouth
2 ½ oz your preferred brand of gin
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vermouth and gin. Stir. Do not, under any circumstances, shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olive(s).
I’m a martini purist. I don’t acknowledge the vodka martini, as James Bond orders it, as an actual martini. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Vesper. But it’s not a martini. Darwyn Cooke’s Parker: The Martini Edition deserves a classic.
Parker: The Martini Edition
Adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke
Published by IDW Publishing
Up until pretty recently the only Absolute, over-sized, super-fancy edition I owned was the Absolute DC: The New Frontier. I got it as a gift shortly after I started reading comics, and it was the first time I had seen Darwyn Cooke’s art. Talk about being spoiled. I still remember sitting cross-legged on my couch with the book sprawled open over my lap, just being completely mesmerized by the clean, curved lines and the gorgeous retro design. It’s not hard to see why I double-dipped for Parker: The Martini Edition.
Reading Martini was a re-read of the stories for me. I read The Hunter, The Man with the Getaway Face, and The Outfit adaptations the instant they were released. But flipping through the over-sized edition with it’s heavy paper and stunning production made be fall in love with Parker all over again.
The Hunter remains by favorite. In terms of narrative, I find it’s the easiest to root for Parker in this book. He got screwed and now he’s out for what he’s owed, no more and no less. It makes his stone-cold and brutal nature more palatable, at least for me. The Man with the Getaway Face and The Outfit are more about taking revenge on the crime syndicates that are keeping him on the run. I remember not really loving The Outfit when I first read it. But something about seeing the heist plans laid out on that gorgeous 14″ x 10″ paper had me completely enthralled. I’m a gal who loves watching a plan come together, and I like believing there’s honor among thieves. With the Martini Edition I was able to see that blown up on the page in a way that, for me, didn’t quite translate in the smaller 9″ x 6″ production of the book.
It’s no secret that we’re fans of Darwyn Cooke in these parts. But his mastery of the sequential art medium is nothing short of brilliant in this volume. Everything down to his page layouts and lettering is evocative of the sleek, elegant design style of the early 1960s, which acts as a wonderful juxtaposition to the gritty and brutal protagonist. The book doesn’t just have a tone, it has a whole vibe. It’s an experience. I feel a hundred times cooler when I read this comic, particularly with a chilled martini in hand.
Ali Colluccio is the iFanboy Demolitions Expert with a knack for finding ghosts. She enjoys comics, cocktails, and curling.
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