Rize Or Die! Tyler Durden Lives In Dark Horse’s Fight Club 2 TPB

by Brendan M. Allen

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. He’s back where he started, but this go-round he’s got more at stake than his own life. The time has come . . .

Rize or Die.

It’s hard to believe, but more than two decades since have passed since Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club was first published. More than a decade and a half since David Fincher’s film adaptation bombed at the box office, and then went on to be immortalized on DVD as a cult classic. It bears noting that Fight Club 2 is a sequel to the source novel, not the film.

If you’ve only seen the film, no worries. The reprinted FCBD Fight Club 2 #0 serves as a prologue in this book, and will pretty well bring you up to speed. It rehashes the end of the novel, before the first chapter brings around storyline present, ten years later. The narrator is now calling himself Sebastian, and has gone to extreme measures (drugs and electroshock therapy, no bullets to the dome) to rid himself of Tyler Durden. He and Marla are married, have a kid, and both hate life. Marla misses Tyler, and Sebastian is definitely not who she signed up for, so, of course, she finds ways to sabotage his recovery

I’m pretty skeptical of sequels. Especially sequels to cult movies that I love. Have you ever seen Boondock Saints II? Holy hell, that was a rotten film. I sat all the way through that turd in the hopes it would redeem itself at some point. It did not. I tell you this so you’ll know Fight Club 2 was gonna have to fight an uphill battle to win me over. It did, though. From the opening sequence, I was sucked in.

“Sebastian,” driving home, bored to death by life. Stops at a florist to grab flowers for Marla, since it’s their anniversary. Gets recognized by the kid behind the counter, whose face looks like it’s been through a wood chipper. “No charge. Not for you, sir.” Several things here. The kid’s beat up, with lacerations and contusions in various stages of healing. And he recognizes Sebastian. Calls him “sir.” How? Sebastian’s been out of the game for a decade.

The artwork by Cameron Stewart has a cinematic feel, which is appropriate since many folks will be picking up this book after having only seen the film. Stewart pulls out some crazy stops, capturing the duality of a fractured mind. Cameron’s pencils match Palahniuk’s script blow for blow, from the ridiculously dull moments, to the ultraviolent fights and explosions, to the downright silly breaks. Throw in Dave Stewart’s master palette choices, and this thing is a visual stunner.

Fight Club 2 is everything that a sequel should be. It elevates the dark themes of the novel and film to the next illogical, insanely violent step.

Fight Club 2 TPB, published by Dark Horse Books, collects #1-#10 and the Free Comic Book Day story, and releases April 18, 2018. Written by Chuck Palahniuk, art by Cameron Stewart, color by Dave Stewart, letters and logo by Nate Piekos of Blambot, cover and chapter break art by David Mack.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he mostly tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.