Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, Tyler Durden lives… a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long, the wife has seen to that. The time has come . . . Rize or Die.
So ten years later, Tyler’s alter ego (referred to as Joe in the novel, Jack in the film, known by some of simply as “the narrator”) finally officially has a name (wanna know? read it!) He’s married, buttoned down, medicated. But his wife (Marla!!) is bored to tears, she wants Tyler back, what could go wrong?
Whether you loved hated or found yourself unmoved one thing is true, Fight Club made quite an impact. First as a book then even an even larger impact as a film. I loved Fight Club. The movie, the novel, the idea, it was just perfectly done on so many levels. The comic definitely captures the spirit of the original.
The story (according to Palahniuk’s MTV interview) is a continuation of the book, not the movie…
MTV News: One misconception to clean up right off the bat, this is a continuation of the book, not specifically the movie, right?
Chuck Palahniuk: Yeah, because if I continued the movie 20th Century Fox would sue my ass! We had to be really careful. It was 80 elements –- even really small things –- that Fox put into the movie that were different from the book. We could not use those. We couldn’t pick them up.
MTV News – ‘Fight Club 2′ Breaks The First Rule With Our In-Depth Chuck Palahniuk Interview 4/27/15 (Great interview by the way, take a moment to read it.)
Which is interesting to those of us who read the book (kind of a definitive ending wasn’t it?) But hey it’s his story, and he told it so well that I’m willing to suspend judgement on if there should be a sequel.
I wasn’t sold on the format at first, novels and films share a common story-telling advantage over comics, in my opinion, the reader/viewer is locked into the narrative and it’s very difficult to break out of the flow of the story. In comics it takes a strong script and a really talented artist to carry you through the narrative as smoothly. Palahniuk and Stewart took great pains to get it right, he mentions in the MTV interview being concerned with the “page turn reveal”. He goes on to say,
“Since you’re looking at two pages, you’re kind of seeing everything at once, and the only place you can really surprise a reader is when they turn that page and they see the first thing on the new left hand page, and pacing the entire story so that all the big surprises come with the set up on the lower right hand page and then the pay off on the upper left hand next page.”
They did a great job. The insanity of the original is intact and the story moves quickly. I can’t wait to read this as a trade paperback, my only fear is that the “ongoing” nature of the series may water down whatever message or story Palahniuk may be moving toward.
But that is a problem I will thoroughly enjoy keeping track of.
Fight Club 2 #1 gets 4 out of 5 stars, a really strong first issue.
Writer: Chuck Palahniuk
Artist: Cameron Stewart
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: David Mack
Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime
Publication Date: May 27, 2015
Format: FC, 32 pages; Ongoing
UPC: 7 61568 27002 0 00111