Fight Club 2 #1

Writer: Chuck Palahniuk Artist: Cameron Stewart Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 27, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 39 User Reviews: 9
8.0Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

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.

  • 10
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall May 29, 2015

    All in all, Fight Club 2 is a near-perfect continuation of the story, with many poetic touches and turns of phrase that is equally matched with artistic flourish and visual metaphor. The existential dilemma of the Narrator and Tyler is taken to the next level, proving you can't keep a good bad guy down, although I do hope we get to see more nuance of Tyler's philosophies and other complex explorations on the mind-state of the modern individual. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 27, 2015

    The fact that we have a comic book sequel to Fight Club feels incredibly surreal. Before it was announced, I had no desire to see one happen and thought it wouldn't work or be necessary. With Chuck Palahniuk continuing the story of the characters he created along with Cameron Stewart's art, you'll soon realize just how badly you do want to see this sequel happen. Seeing where the story picks up after all these years and with the visual freedom Stewart takes full advantage of, we get an amazing piece of work. If you've never seen the movie or read the book (shame on you), do so immediately. You do not want to miss out on this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Alan May 2, 2015

    With a strong creative team, good source material and a BEAUTIFUL color by David Mack, Fight Club 2 #1 is a must read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Tyler Omichinski May 30, 2015

    Hmm…Do not read this if you're squeamish – there are only hints of where this can go but already we see the hints of the distance to which Tyler Durden is willing to go here, and it is unlikely to be nice. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Apr 28, 2015

    If you enjoyed the original Fight Club book (or movie) give this book a read. The artwork is excellent and takes a lot of bold creative initiative. My respect for Stewart grows with each issues he illustrates and he clearly gives this debut his full effort. As a sequel, Fight Club 2 #1is an interesting transitionforChuck Palahniuk, and hopefully it will become clear why he felt a comic was the right medium for this story in what could have been a book or a major motion picture. One thing is clear: as the mask of sanity slowly begins to slip away from Sebastian's life, the world will burn with him. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef May 22, 2015

    I loved this book, I don't care if you don't. Tyler Lives, Rize or Die. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jun 1, 2015

    "Fight Club 2" #1 is not only a sequel that's ready to adapt to a different time than its predecessor, but translate masterfully into an entirely different medium. While it may not retain the broken-teeth impact of the original novel/film/t-shirt, it does continue the dialogue for those who want to keep talking about Fight Club past the catchphrases of the first story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Tyler Sewell Apr 30, 2015

    Fight Club 2 is able to remind us why the first work gained such a following. Bringing the same manic and revolutionary themes to the table, Palahniuk creates a perfect blend of dark and quirky literature to generate a thoroughly entertaining issue in his comic book debut. Overall this is a great set-up that builds a strong foundation for the much anticipated series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - Gary Murphy May 4, 2015

    For those of you who want an intellectual comic which isnt afraid to kick you in the guts and ask you tough questions, then Fight Club 2 if most certainly for you. Fans of the book and movies will enjoy it as will fans of Chuck Palanuik overall. For those of you who want a sneak peek before the book is released on May 27th, you can pick of the prequel issue which was released to celebrate Free Comic Book Day, but unlike some FBCD issues you wont need it in order to get the full story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Apr 28, 2015

    Rule #1 of Fight Club is that you don't talk about Fight Club. But after reading Fight Club 2, it's clear that we should be talking about Fight Club. "Tyler Lives," and I couldn't be happier by the prospect of more bedlam. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - John McCubbin May 26, 2015

    Fight Club 2 is shaping up to be the perfect sequel, as though there's still some ground to cover before it equals that of it's predecessor, it's certainly on the right track. Having a fun, yet serious tempo, it takes us into the narrator's attempt to clean his life up, showing that Tyler Durden is not quite as dead as he thought. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Melissa Voelker Jun 5, 2015

    Chuck Palahniuk is a master storyteller with a distinctive, disjointed, stream-of-consciousness style that lends itself well to a visual format. It may take two or three readings to truly grasp what is going on in each panel, and to make sure you didn't miss something important, but once you've got the gist of it you can see how the jumping around in time and place, interruptions of thought and dialogue, and awkward text give the story just the right feeling of jitteriness it needs. The narrator is crazy, no matter how many pills he takes or sessions he has with his therapist. By the end of reading this first issue in Fight Club 2, you'll feel a little crazy too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Apr 29, 2015

    There is so much more to talk about with the first issue ofFight Club 2, but that would mean taking the joy of finding out information, and seeing different characters for the first time as you turn the page. For Fight Club fans this is a must read comic book that you may not have needed, but always wanted. It carries on the tone and feel of the original while exploring new territory. This holds true whether you identify as a fan of the novel or the movie. There is a lot of overview and setup within these pages. This may make some readers feel that this opening is slow, but it is necessary to remember that this is part one of a ten part series. It may not get off to a blistering start, but the great character work will almost certainly payoff as the story progresses. As I said above, all the ingredients for a worthy sequel to the original are found here. Once they are properly mixed and heated it will be delicious, and mayhem will ensue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray May 26, 2015

    At a time when there is even more to be angry about in the world, from global politics to the division between rich and poor, Tyler Durden is needed more than ever. It is almost as if the character has been lurking deep within Palahniuk's unconscious mind for the last two decades, to return fully formed and ready to take over the world. A stunning major comics debut from the writer, and an amazing example of how comics can create an entirely new form of expression. Tyler Lives. Rize or Die. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 29, 2015

    Going in, I was nervous, but Fight Club 2 was one of my most anticipated books for 2015. Coming out, it's now one of my favorite books to debut this year. The fist issue is out May 27, definitely give this one a try. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo Apr 28, 2015

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford May 25, 2015

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Sergio Pereira Apr 30, 2015

    Overall, fans will find that Fight Club 2 #1 delivers on its premise and builds a solid foundation for the forthcoming issues. It is equal measures of social satire and insanity from the mind of Palahniuk. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Cory Anderson May 26, 2015

    Knowing the plot, ending and spoilers from the first script, I found myself combing each panel, lettering and illustrations for clues to the endgame or twists that might be ahead. Instead, everything looks like it is straight forward and events are unraveling like you would expect. If you have doubts about this being as good as the original story, you can feel safe in knowing Tyler has been causing mayhem for 50 minutes a day, three days a week for the past ten years. Again, there is a lot to sit and philosophize over from the placebo pills the narrator has been taking, or was Tyler the result of a breakdown stemming from the need to escape? From what I read in issue one, I need to know how Chuck Palahniuk will continue this cult classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker May 25, 2015

    Its safe to say that Fight Club 2 lives up to the hype. Its everything that we loved about the first entry and then some. Will things be even crazier than before? Lets hope so. Bring on issue 2! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jun 1, 2015

    I'm intrigued by this new addition to the Fight Club mythos.  The original novel spoke to someone in their mid-20s, looking to rebel against authority.  The comic book sequel is a stark exploration of a "normal" life and the pitfalls it can contain.  "Sebastian" might have turned his back on Project Mayhem, but the Space Monkeys carried on and it's clear that they may have some help from an inside source. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Daren Taveras May 28, 2015

    Fight Club 2 #1 may not be perfect, but it is close to it. Palahniuk and Stewart worked a way to satisfy both fans of the novel and film. Without excluding either kind of Fight Club fan, the follow-up series looks to tell as powerful of a message as its predecessors. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan May 28, 2015

    Its great to see Cameron Stewart on interiors again. His clean styling of pencils has a classic look that I never get sick of exposing to my eyes. Without reading a line of dialogue, the reader can tell when Tyler Durden is slowly starting to seep into the narrator's mind, as the panels start to become cramped and chaotic. I'm not completely sold on the pills and roses being strayed across panels, blocking the text. I get what they are going for, but the end result is more annoyance than interesting. Dave Stewart's colors really capture the prison that the narrator sees himself in. The grays suddenly give way to brighter colors when Durden is around, as if the narrator is finally living. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills May 27, 2015

    It's certainly enjoyable for fans, recognizing the parallels to its predecessor was a treat (fires anyone?), and I'll be eagerly awaiting the next issue to see if there's a payoff to middle-aged mediocrity and megalomaniacal alter-egos in this sequel, but after reading the first issue, I'll be tempering my expectations of the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Dave Gogel May 8, 2015

    This is a tough story to go back to, without mirroring what was done before. Despite some obvious familiarities, I felt Palahniuk did a good job. It felt like Fight Club, and to me that's the most important thing. I look forward to seeing where the story goes next. I think Tyler, Marla and the overall theme of Fight club will still resonate with the audience, as it's even more relevant today. Tyler lives" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Apr 29, 2015

    Overall, Fight Club 2 is a worthy, if over-the-top, follow up so far. There’s a lot to love if you can get past the parts that are too in your face and accept that it's ultimatelty a lot like the original with little remorse. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - John A. May 18, 2015

    Palahniuk succeeds in this first issue of pulling the reader back into Sebastian's world and making us interested. Particularly by seeing these characters ten years on, still relatively unchanged, despite all of the awakenings in the original story. Cameron Stewart's art is the perfect complement, and he riddles his panel work with images of pills and roses at different points of the book, going as far as covering actual scenes and dialogue. This effect works well, especially considering the unbalanced mental state of the main character, and the sense of chaos that Fight Club is synonymous with. Even if you are the most die-hard anti sequel person out there, give this team a shot, they may or may not stick the landing, but the first few steps are certainly on track. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Outright Geekery - A-Ku Apr 30, 2015

    All in all this is a good opening salvo for a sequel to one of the biggest cult-books/movies of the past couple of decades. There is scope for immensely crazy things to happen and the stakes have never been higher " but it all hinges on the characters and their evolution and I hope that Palahniuk and team remain up to the task. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse May 28, 2015

    Fight Club 2 is off to a good start, and as a big fan of the original book I'm definitely going to keep up with the series. If you're not a fan of the original or the film, or just haven't read or watched it, there may not be a big draw for you here and you probably won't get the most out of it. If you are, check this book out at your local comic book shop or digitally. Tyler Durden Lives. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 13, 2015

    Fight Club 2 is a success in some ways. Palahniuk transitions smoothly from prose to comics, and he's found a great team of artists to help visualize this world. This first issue is very impressive on a technical level and sometimes very amusing. However, it also reads a little too much like the original story, and the violent anarchist Tyler Durden doesn't have the same appeal he did back in 1996. Hopefully this series can grow beyond the boundaries of the book and find new ways to satirize the modern world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Apr 28, 2015

    "Fight Club 2" is a good start for the sequel. It's almost a certainty this work was built to be read in larger pieces, so kudos to the team for delivering a solid first issue. Palahniuk has a message and has adapted well to the medium in order to convey it. Fans of the franchise should be satisfied with this debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 1, 2015

    In the end, it’s good to know that poor Sebastian still has his lifelong imaginary “friend.” For new readers of Fight Club, I promise you will enjoy this book. For old ones, stay tuned to see if things look up for us—I know I will! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio May 30, 2015

    All in all I am intrigued with Fight Club 2. It certainly is an interesting choice of a plot to bring back into the collective minds of comic fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Downes May 27, 2015

    What Mr. Palahniuk did not bring to Fight Club 2, issue #1 was imagination. You're too old, fat man. Your tits are too big. Get the fuck off my porch. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Doom Rocket - Scott Southard Jun 1, 2015

    In the end, Fight Club 2 #1 starts out to be exactly what one would imagine. Our ham-fisted Hot Topic posterboy has extended the life of a dorm room staple, re-hashing themes and lines from the old production and attempting to resurrect a beloved, but caveat-laden property. To be fair, Palahniuk certainly stays honest to himself and his material and he's great at doing what he does (without straying here), I'm just tired of what it is he does. Ultimately, I just wish he'd follow the first rule of Fight Club and stop talking about Fight Club. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Apr 28, 2015

    Its difficult to recommend Fight Club #2 to anyone who enjoyed the first novel and expects something similar. What lies on these pages isnt necessarily un-enjoyable, but does very little to justify its own existence, or provide you with anything you havent seen before. Read Full Review

  • 4.8
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Jun 1, 2015

    There will likely be some diehard Fight Club fans that actually want to relive the experience and dont mind that Fight Club 2 #1 treads so much of the same ground. For those who enjoyed the book/movie but moved on or for the younger generation that is not familiar with it at all, I think Fight Club 2 #1 might feel unexciting. Palahniuk needs to inject a little more mayhem into his writing and not just the story. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 28, 2015

    Chuck Palahniuk returns to one of his greatest creations, and while tone of this sequel is definitely in line with the original, these characters have not evolved - and that stagnation holds back this book. Read Full Review

  • 2.0 - Chase Magnett May 27, 2015

    Even both Stewart's contributions are occasionally buried under the inclusion of pills and flower petals that cover the page. It's a "cute" idea that adds nothing of value to the pages nor any depth to the story in this first issue. That lack of value is endemic of Fight Club 2's entire debut. It is a work without substance or meaning, beautifully realized before being quickly and mercifully forgotten. Read Full Review

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