Author Chuck Palahniuk had no original plans of revisiting the world of his 1996 book Fight Club, but it would seem that that is about to change. Becoming engrossed in the Portland, Oregon comic scene, as well as his changing perspectives on the source material has drawn him to this point. The book which was already a cult favorite was elevated by the film starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, and helmed by David Fincher. Palahniuk had been mulling on coming back recently, and as we fast forward to today he has decided to team with Dark Horse to tell the new tale.
The story of an unnamed insomniac narrator, his violent i.d. come to life in the form of Tyler Durden, and an underground society built on bare-knuckle brawls and anarchic ideas continues in Fight Club 2, a 10-issue Dark Horse Comics maxi-series illustrated by Cameron Stewart, debuting April 8, 2015.
“I messed up and said I was doing the sequel in front of 1,500 geeks with telephones,” Palahniuk says. “Suddenly, there was this big scramble to honor my word.”
Fight Club 2 takes place alternately in the future and the past. It picks up a decade after the ending of his original book, where the protagonist is married to equally problematic Marla Singer and has a 9-year-old son named Junior, though the narrator is failing his son in the same way his dad failed him.
Palahniuk also plans to explore the mythos of Tyler more in depth in this sequel.
“Tyler is something that maybe has been around for centuries and is not just this aberration that’s popped into his mind.”
Artist Cameron Stewart feels that Fight Club 2:
“is as much a meta-fictional comment on the cultural response to Fight Club as it is a sequel.” And instead of embracing realism, his style for the series tends toward the “cartoony” because it was “more appropriate for the density of the story and for some of its more absurdly comical moments.”
For more information on this upcoming series, look for it in future Dark Horse solicits.