Title: Fight Club 2 #1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Chuck Palahniuk
Artist: Cameron Stewart
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Nate Piekos
Cover Artist: David Mack; Cameron Stewart; Lee Bermejo
After a long wait, Project Mayhem is back. Well, technically it didn’t go anywhere, as our narrator can attest. The mind-bending, classic novel Fight Club came to us nearly 20 years ago and creator Chuck Palahniuk has decided to finally gift the world with a sequel, specifically in comic book form via Dark Horse Comics. It should be mentioned this is based on the novel, not the film adaptation from David Finch, even though if you are only familiar with one or the other you still will be able to jump right in, as they were similar enough. Most importantly, Tyler Durden is back, ready to continue the chaos he started long ago.
If you’ve read the novel, the narrator was placed in a mental hospital after finally shutting out Tyler during the climax of Project Mayhem. Now ten years later, we find the narrator, now calling himself Sebastian, married to Marla with a son who may have the same metal instability he had. He wants nothing to do with the past, even though he finds that Project Mayhem and Fight Club survived without him through graffiti on buildings and how he gets treated by strangers that still refer to him as “Sir.” To keep Tyler at bay, he has a massive regiment of pills he takes daily. One problem is that Marla misses the wild, crazy man she fell in love with, especially in the bedroom. She begins tampering with his pills to get Tyler “unleashed” at night. If that weren’t enough, we come to find that Tyler may have been sneaking out a little every day, keeping up with his old antics when the time arises.
All of our characters are more of less just as we left them. The narrator is still fighting against what is possibly his “destiny” by living in a life he hates. Marla is not hooked on drugs anymore, but still goes to as many self-help groups as she can, which as we can see are still ridiculous and outrageous for her to think she could pass for those afflictions. From what see from Tyler, he is still bent on his quest of anarchy. It may parallel them from the first book, but finding them as married adults adds a whole new level and complexity to the idea. We are excited to see how Tyler ultimately responds to Marla and their child, of who he sees not as “his” wife or “his” son, as we are sure their will be plenty of interactions between them down the line.
The newest addition to the narrative is possibly the most interesting, their son. A chip off the old block, he is a ten-year old who seems unassuming enough, only to have us see him gathering ingredients for homemade bombs. Watching a child go through what his father went through makes us wonder the obvious, whether “Tyler” is congenital, but also wonder more about Sebastian’s own childhood, which we know will be looked into further in the series. Now Sebastian not only has to fight against his own mind, but how can he help his son who seems to be set on the same path.
Everything is brought to life by Cameron Stewart’s art which really brings us back into this world. Considering the original was a novel, he had plenty of leeway on the direction for the art. At times it can seem unassuming, which actually matches the narrator himself very well. What really makes it come together is how he shows the glimpses inside the narrators head as it is ready to explode from the mundanity of his current life. What really prefaces this is Dave Stewart’s coloring which switches from muted colors during the narrator’s normal life towards more bright and vivid colors any time Tyler is thought of or mentioned, especially in regards to his exploits.
After such a long time, some may question if a sequel was really needed. Whatever discussion that alone can shepherd, after reading through the first issue alone you want care; you will just want more. Everything you loved about the original is back, now in graphic form for one more wild ride. The first issue easily shows that there is still more than enough story to tell about these damaged individuals in a new beautiful package.