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Fight Club 2 #6

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  • Fight Club 2 #6

    Fight Club 2 #6
    Released by: Dark Horse Comics
    Released on: October 28th, 2015.
    Written by: Chuck Palahniuk
    Illustrated by: Cameron Stewart
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    First things first, if you're going into this sixth issue blind you're going to be confused. Start with the first issue and pay attention. Re-read panels or even entire issues if you need to. And you might. There's no shame in that. This is complex stuff and Chuck Palahniuk's sequel to his most famous work doesn't take it easy on the reader. It asks of you to put yourself into the situations that the characters in the story experience, it asks you to question their morality and in turn question your own morality, your own values, your own code.

    Rize or die.

    Last issue, stuff happened. Important stuff. Sebastian was seemingly reunited with his son and Marla and her tiny cohort would appear to have been killed in a bomb blast while gallivanting about some of the more war torn areas of the world. Tyler worries that Sebastian is on to him and so he sends him off to the art museum to open up his veins in one of the most amazing acts of vandalism you can imagine. It takes the concept of vandalism and raises it up to a level of manic performance art.

    Sebastian wakes up, a needle in his neck, security holding him down. He's not dead and the guard tells him he answers to a higher power than Mr. Durden. Not all headshots are fatal, we're told, and we flashback to the grassy knoll to see it happen first hand.

    Tyler talks to a shrink, Doctor Wrong, and walks away with a script for two hundred valiums. Sebastian snaps out of it. He doesn't like the video footage he sees shot moments ago during his session, footage that shows his alter ego in full swing. And then Tyler gets a phone call, a phone call about Marla.

    Speaking of, she and her tiny cancer surviving friend have a talk. Marla figures out who this person really is as she explains what happened to her - they celebrate, get some food, some pina coladas and call in an air lift. Sebastian boards a plane. Tyler calls him. Is Sebastian's kid safe or not? Who is fooling who here? The shrink has a theory about Tyler, about who and what he really is.

    Shoot him. End call.

    Heady stuff. It builds really nicely off of the five issues prior but, like a good chapter should, leaves us with an ending that keeps us guessing as to the direction the story is headed in and leaves us wanting more. It's tough to go into too much detail without getting spoilery but there's very definitely a theme here. Palahniuk's story makes us question the relationship that exists between Tyler and Sebastian, the truth behind that relationship, and the truth behind why Marla was even with Sebastian in the way that she was in the first place. Is any of it real? Oh sure, it happened, but did it mean what any of the three core players really think it meant? Is Doctor Wrong actually right about Tyler, does his hypothesize have legitimate merit or is he fucking Sebastian far harder and with far more malice than Tyler or Marla ever did? Trust. Who deserves it and who doesn't? What's it even worth in the first place? And the kid? How's he going to tie into all of this? The seeds are sewn.

    Stewart's artwork is just as good here as it's been since the first issue. The panel layouts are a little more restrained here than in the past but just barely. The flashback panels to November 22nd, 1963 are well illustrated and worked into the modern day 'reality' sequences perfectly. Nice, bold use of color helps differentiate 'reality' from the past and he makes great use of shadows in a few key scenes, scenes where Tyler either emerges into them or out of them. Those scenes aren't subtle, but they don't need to be.

    If that weren't enough we get a great cover from David Mack, some interesting 'letters' in the Chaos Report back pages and Harvey Comics inspired back cover piece by R. Sikoryak.
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