Review: Fight Club 2 #1 (with Preview)

A few weeks ago we got a preview of this comic in our e-mail and I wanted to write this review then, but stuff got in the way, but luckily, enough hype for this issue kept its visibility high and looking toward this Wednesday’s arrival in comic shops, I saw this was going to be showing up. So here’s our review of Fight Club #1, written by the author of the original novel, which makes it unique among all of the comic book sequels to movies and television shows out there in comic shops.

27002FIGHT CLUB 2 #1

Writer: Chuck Palahniuk
Artist: Cameron Stewart
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: David Mack
FC / 32 pages / $3.99
In Stores: May 27, 2015

Solicitation:

Tyler Durden lives!

Some imaginary friends never go away . . .

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he 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.

Preview:

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Review:

We may be late to the party, as other outlets have been hyping this series like crazy. Whenever a comic gets hyped, then I feel an obligation to determine if it lives up to the hype. Well, it does, just not how I expected it to.

The story unfolds naturally, as I never expected Sebastian and Marla to be happy, and the harsh truth about mental illness is that it’s never easily cured. Therefore, it’s only natural that Marla want the man that made her feel so alive and that Tyler resurface and use his uncanny ability to influence people to wreak havoc not only on Sebastian’s life, but on the world at large. That’s essentially the story in this first issue.

If it has a weakness, it’s that there’s not an undercurrent about what the story is actually about, yet it continues the theme from the novel that this is an internal struggle. Sebastian is fighting with himself, yet not in a physical sense, and ignoring all the signs of it. He’s also struggling with his role as a father, even becoming oblivious to the signs that his son is a developing sociopath. Where the story is successful is that we could analyze it to death, exactly like the original novel.

The art is fantastic, as Cameron Stewart is great at depicting both mundane conversations and monologues from multiple angles, the extraordinary elements and keeping each character consistent and unique. I don’t care for his Tyler, but that is really just a matter of taste, since Tyler could be viewed as a stereotypical rebellious Alpha Male, and looks like how Hollywood would cast that character.

Am I in for the next issue? Absolutely. Am I necessarily in for the duration? Nope, but then again, I’ve only watched the film one time, but this series could drive me to read the book again.