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Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club 2

by Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart (Illustrator)

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It was fine. ( )
  DanCopulsky | Jun 24, 2017 |
I am Jack's Bitter Disappointment. I am Jack's Loathing For Everything New Palahniuk.

I was able to read this in just one day, with only 3 breaks at work (30 minutes at best each) and about a half-hour to an hour of reading before work.

It's New-Palahniuk, not like Survivor/(Original) Fight Club/Invisible Monsters Palahniuk. This is following in line with Beautiful You, Pygmy, Tell-All, Doomed, etc, where the plots are so over-the-top-contrived, the "philosophy" BS is at all-time max-level settings, and the dialogue always is below par.

Do you like the Fight Club the movie/and-or book? Then don't read this. It will just ruin every last bit of love you had for it. Oh, and did you see FC the movie before reading FC the book? Then Palahniuk hates you and wants to let you know it here in this book. Because the entire end to this omnibus is Palahniuk being a character and going meta-meta on the story, which does absolutely nothing for anything, other than to try and get his philosophy of 'ideas outlive characters - even fictional ones' to take hold in your head. Minus the fact that it's a dumb token BS philosophical idea, and that it doesn't really hold any weight. And its more or less just a poor-lame version of anything Vonnegut has done when introducing himself into his plots.

The drawings are good. The stenciling, artwork, etc, everything on that level as far as this graphic novel goes - is good. The plot, the writing, the story, the characters, etc, are what is bad. Marla doesn't feel or act like Marla. Tyler doesn't even act like Tyler really. Sebastion (the narrator from the original FC) doesn't act quite right either. And apparently Paulson (Meatloaf, aka bitchtits, in the movie) is now a zombie that can be called upon at will by saying his name. Also, Tyler is Satan just reincarnated each generation through his ideas spreading, and somehow only certain people can see it/him or understand him (and of course Palahniuk in story and out of story though-in-story can.....).

The comic tries to be 'cute' and cover up certain words/word-bubbles and pictures with random blood blots or drugs or sperm to try and give it some depth with a "what might be underneath.... who knows!" ominous vibes, but it really doesn't do much more than just be annoying and make you try to read around it and continue. The book paces so quickly and jumps from scene to scene without resolution from the prior anyway, that missing a word or two doesn't detract a thing, nor does the idea of it really add anything either.

The plot is just horrible, and I don't even feel like rehashing it in summary form here. Though Palahniuk gets to use his progeria 'kids' again (though he makes one an elderly midget woman who pretends to have progeria). The plot is so disjointed (Wand Foundation =/= Make a Wish, and apparently they have no qualms with sending kids on their death beds to the Middle East if that's their wish, and to give them AK-47s and let them try and take out ISIS or whatever, as part of their wish). The plot is beyond contrived and confusing for the sake of it, and we get asides and interjects from Palahniuk himself early on where he's at a writing retreat.... and yea.... its just bad.

I wasn't going to rate this quite so low, until the final 'chapter' and its abysmal ending. Oh but don't worry folks, we've already been told a Fight Club 3 (in graphic novel form) will be out eventually! I'm sure the Palahniuk-olics will love it.

*Sigh* *Gags* ( )
1 vote BenKline | Jan 21, 2017 |
Visually, stylistically, verbally, all the elements are distinctly there - they just don't gel into a story. ( )
1 vote bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
That was... even more different. ( )
  tapestry100 | Sep 13, 2016 |
This was great until the "ending". Ugh. ( )
  denisemnola | Aug 25, 2016 |
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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 arrived . . . Collects issues #1–#10 of the series.
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"Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, Sebastian 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"--… (more)

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