Most of us already know the first rule of fight club. But not everybody knows of the graphic novel sequel Fight Club 2, which has already topped the New York Times hardcover graphic novel bestseller list. However, like any creative content that has a cult like following, people are disappointed with the direction Palahniuk has taken with the new Fight Club sequel.
Fight Club 2 picks up 10 years after the original. The narrative continues that of the schizophrenic Tyler, when his girlfriend Marla begins cheating on him with a man named Sebastian. One thing leads to another and suddenly Tyler is on the verge of wiping out the entire human race.
A snappy review from Paste Magazine concludes with this line, “I should be able to pan Fight Club 2 as a cynical nostalgia cash grab, or the meandering, self-indulgent dribbling of a celebrity dilettante…I can’t say those things because Fight Club 2 is actually pretty neat!”
The Paste Magazine review of the graphic novel, linked above, criticized Palahniuk calling him “an overly ballyhooed shock scribe who lucked into a career when Hollywood adapted his first, and arguably best, work.” The article does give him credit by acknowledging that he has written 16 books in 20 years, but we can’t expect everything he does to be equivalent to the original Fight Club.
However there is something to be said about Palahniuk’s own editor predicting that Fight Club 2 will “destroy whatever legacy” he has as an author. Considering that his audience may be strongly against anything that has a hint of capitalism, it is no surprise that some of his audience are turning on him, especially so after his reccent announcement of Fight Club 3.
Yet for fans of the original, there really is no reason to not read Palahniuk’s latest graphic novel. The story retains the gritty, extreme social criticism, mixed with a sense of existential justice that so many readers loved about the first book. If you can bare another brain busting ego death, pick up this graphic novel.
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