Fight Club 2 (Graphic Novel) written by Chuck Palahniuk and illustrated by Cameron Stewart and David Mack
Published by: Dark Horse Comics on June 28, 2016
Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Graphic Novel, Fiction
Plot: Ten years after Project Mayhem, Tyler is back.
Review: Sadness. That is the emotion I feel right now. I am a huge fan of Palahniuk, and was pretty excited to get me hands on this one. It always hurts when I want to like something, and then feel fangirl guilt about not clicking with the work. Here is what went wrong for me:
- The Artwork. If I could change one thing about this graphic novel it would be the artistic interruptions that plague the plot development over and over. Throughout the volume there are overlays of rose petals and whatnot, which I feel were intended to break the fourth wall and jar the reader somehow. Maybe it was to give a sense that Tyler was not only disrupting Sebastian’s psyche, but the readers as well. However, the only thing it did for me was annoy me. It made the illustrations feel shallow and forced, not to mention that the strategic obstruction of text felt really unnecessary. However, Stewart is an amazing illustrator, and he lets it shine in this volume. This isn’t a knock on his ability or that of David Mack, but rather an observation that the style and the story clashed.
- Some things are better left alone. Fight Club is fine just being a standalone is the sequel can’t bring the quality of the first work. I don’t feel like Fight Club 2 was given the length and care needed to launch another Tyler saga, and the end result felt like a giant spoof. The thing that I love about Palahniuk’s writing is the depths he is able to take readers to. He doesn’t shy away from the grit or hard truths of life, he displays them for the world and relishes the cringes when readers bump up against all the ugliness. He has always struck me as an incredibly fearless writer. This time around I almost felt like he was having a giant laugh at his fan base.
Is there redemption? Maybe? I think diehard fans will still give this a once-over. It definitely feels like a piece people will either love or loath, and it might be worth it to see which side of the debate you land on.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: Ask yourself how much you loved the original, and then go from there…
*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*