Fight Club 2 #1

6.3 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 3/10

Mr. Palahniuk's wit and incisive dialogue. Mr. Stewart's art.

Mr. Palahniuk recycles the original novel with a few edits.

Fight Club 2 #1
(W)Chuck Palahniuk, (A)Cameron Stewart, (CA David Mack
Dark Horse Comics

Fight Club 2, issue #1, is atrociously bad.

It is written by Chuck Palahniuk, who is of course also the author of the 1996 novel Fight Club. To my knowledge, no one has ever written a comic book sequel to a novel before. But Fight Club 2 is barely a sequel. The story is as unoriginal as the title. It seems that Mr. Palahniuk has spent the last two decades cutting and pasting pieces of the novel into a pastiche with pictures.

Fight Club 2 is set ten years after the original novel. The narrator, “he calls himself Sebastian these days”, is the same narrator from the novel, but ten years older. He is living a numbing, unidentified existence in a morass of junk culture fatuousness. He is sublimating his desperate desire to impress the mercurial Marla. But in this sequel, Marla is not an enchanting unseelie that he has just met, but his dissatisfied and hectoring wife of ten years, and they have a little boy together. A child who was conceived during or just after the events of the novel.

And “Sebastian’s” sleep is troubled by his Joker doppelganger, Mr. Durden. Who fights his way up through the narrator’s mediocrity now and then to make a statement for individualism by running a global terror network that throws pain, confusion, and fatalities around at strangers. As before, Mr. Durden runs his outfit for the elevation of the individual with an iron fist.

So the premise of Fight Club 2 is exactly the same as Fight Club. In fact, the comic negates the events of the novel. The narrator’s desperate struggle to find the sane balance between law and chaos has only landed him, ten years later, back in the same place he was before, complete with Tyler Durden watching the world burn while the narrator suffers from insomnia. The issue even concludes with Mr. Durden burning down the narrator’s home. The only difference from Fight Club is that now the narrator is also an ineffective father with a wife who goes to a progeria support group for a chance to belittle him to strangers.

Another thing that is lifted complete from the original novel and lowered in one piece into the comic is Mr. Palahniuk’s signature nihilistic masochism. Yes, yes, everyone and everything is revolting in its meaninglessness, and the cure for that is an orgiastic marathon of suffering, inflicted on the self, or on others, or both. This idea is so adolescent that it doesn’t deserve the attention the writer demands for it. And Mr. Palahniuk goes back to this well so often in his novels he should think about buying a time share there.

What Mr. Palahniuk did not bring to Fight Club 2, issue #1 was imagination. You’re too old, fat man. Your tits are too big. Get the fuck off my porch.

Chuck Palahniuk is the writer. Cameron Stewart is the artist. Fight Club 2 is published by Dark Horse Comics.



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Brian Downes is a writer who lives in Orlando, Florida. His novel, The Berlin Fraternity, about a man who hunts vampires for the Third Reich, is available on the Kindle and through He enjoys pen and paper roleplaying games and geek culture. He clearly remembers waiting for The Empire Strikes Back to hit theaters, and vindicate his opinion that of course Vader was not Luke's father. You can't trust Vader's word!

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