Ho ho hooooooly Twelve Monkey balls folks, it looks like the Chuck Palahniuk existentially nihilistic duo is at it again. This time though we will not have to worry who is playing who, whether Ed Norton will be reprising his roll side by side with Brad Pitts chiseled craziness. We also wont have to skim through a book chapters hoping to find enlightenment within the dialogue - while also hoping secretly that it would be a movie. There will be no cinematic budget limitations either - worrying if the production will be able to do this scene or do that scene has now been made as pointless as the things you consume. Nope, this time its a combination of cinematic stills drawn by Cameron Stewart and written by the man himself Chuck Palahniuk. That's right, the squeal to a film that rang in the millennium with a general "fuck you" to the fear of Y2K and the established structure of society will be in its greatest form (final form?) a Graphic Novel published by Dark Horse Comics.
A while ago I had heard he was thinking about creating a graphic novel as a squeal to his original best seller Fight Club. I will admit that at first I was both happy and sad about this prospect. See, the thing is at first I believed there was no way he would actually do it, and I am not one for getting my hopes up only to have them knocked down - but in this situation the only alternative would be a book so it wouldn't be that big of a loss. That was a few years ago, and I really didn't think about it again. That is till a few months ago I heard it was almost at completion, and that it wasn't going to be independent in the sense of being published by the author himself. No, the graphic novel would be published by the kings of adult themed comic publishing Dark Horse. That my friends make's me almost bleed from my eyes with excitement. Not only was I going to get a squeal in comic book form, but Palahniuk himself was going to be writing it personally - not having it pinned by a industry writer as an interpretation of Chuck's writing, and on top of all of that the publisher who brought such great stories together Hellboy, The Goon, and Frank Miller's infamous Sin City, etc etc. I could go on listing some of the greats that have emerged from Dark Horse's shaded corners. In this case though, my projection is that their decision to bring this one into the light with the cartoony realism of artist Cameron Stewart (Batgirl, The Other Side) and the enigmatic storytelling of the man himself - well folks, that is just magical!
In an interview last year at San Diego Comic-Con Palahniuk graces us with the plot of the story:
If you can't watch the video, on his website this is how he describes it:
The sequel will be told from the-- at first-- submerged perspective of Tyler Durden as he observes the day-to-day tedium of the narrator's life. Because 20th Century-Fox created the convention of calling the protagonist Jack, I'm calling him Cornelius. He's living a compromised life with a failing marriage, unsure about his passion for his wife. The typical midlife bullshit. Likewise, Marla is unsatisfied and dreams of accessing the wild man she'd once fallen in love with. She tampers with the small pharmacy of drugs that her husband needs to suppress Tyler, and-- go figure-- Tyler reemerges to terrorize their lives.
You know what that reminds me of? Fertillizer - a soft growing point for anything, but in this case I believe it will be used to slowly create a bomb of revaluation, much like the original.
Also in the video Chuck is pushing for the chaotic imp that is Tyler Durden into the direction of some sort of Spirit-of-Chaos like figure that has been around for centuries. One that has possessed some of the great rulers and madmen (is there a difference??) from history and comes around every once in a while to do it again. Why? Fuck me if i know, but what I do know is that there honestly couldn't be a more badass completion to a story so swollen with reflection of modern society and humanity as a whole. Just know that I am confident it will be riddled with obscurity, hidden messages, and as much chaos as the first - and I for one can not WAIT!
The comic hits the shelves May 27th!!!
Read the FIRST SIX PAGES HERE!! (NSFW)