When I picked this book up I got it because it was about a hit man seeking vengeance in defense of his daughter’s honor. Says so, right on the cover. What I didn’t realize until I had read the entirety of Daddy Cool was that in my hands I held the graphic novel adaptation of famed novel writer Donald Goines, “Master of the Black Experience novel.”
Daddy Coolis a middle-aged hit man who owns a pool hall as a front and has seen and done things that would even curl your greasy hair. He is a master at his own hand crafted throwing knives . He does his best to never leave a shred of evidence that could be traced to him and his family. Daddy Cooladmits to making mistakes in the past, and that he doesn’t want to repeat them.
He is married with one daughter and two step-sons. After a fight with his daughter (the oldest of the children) she runs away with her boy friend, who is a pimp, and proceeds to make some pretty bad decisions. When Daddy Coolfinds out, all hell breaks loose. Along the way we see bad choices by the boys and their eventual repercussions as well. He is Daddy Cool:Hitman, pool hall owner, and father.
Daddy Coolis a fast-paced, easy read with some nudity and plenty of violence. The black and white art is as amazing as the writing. Beautifully drawn, with a great panel lay out that sometimes takes up two pages. By the end of the book I was in love with Daddy Cooland his friends. I was hungry for more. The afterword describes the murders of Donald and his wife Shirley, and it sounds like they may have been unsolved. Their two young daughters were left orphaned. Donald’s funeral was attended by hundreds of people who loved his books.
I have every intention of looking up and reading as many of Donald Goines‘ books as I can find. R.I.P. Mr. Goines. Thanks for the great read.