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Fight Club 2 #7

    Ian Jane

  • Fight Club 2 #7

    Fight Club 2 #7
    Released by: Dark Horse Comics
    Released on: November 25th, 2015.
    Written by: Chuck Pahalniuk
    Illustrated by: Cameron Stewart
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    At this point in this series, things are problematic for Sebastian to say the least. To survive, he has to pretend to be Tyler and after being coached by his shrink, Doctor Wrong, he might just have a shot. If he can pull that off, maybe he can get into Tyler's headquarters and steal his son back. Sebastian also believes that his wife, Marla, is dead. But we know that she's not, she's just on a voyage of self discovery. But Tyler is crafty - did he manage to convince Sebastian that Wrong is really the one behind all of this?

    A massive delivery is made to the house. Too big for the guys there to handle. With no fork lift around, they call him… “HIS NAME IS ROBERT PAULSON!” Before you know it, the shambling corpse of their dead Fight Club brother comes out of the ground like a zombie, smashes his way through the house and, in his own graceful way, unloads the crates. The markings on those crates, however, indicate a cargo far more dangerous than any walking corpse could be.

    Meanwhile, Sebastian is speeding across Europe with Wrong. The two of them are sitting in the back of a limo, Sebastian's pistol pointed at the doctor. Tyler's on the phone and he warns Sebastian that the doctor is armed while Wrong tells Sebastian about a book called The Sorrows Of Young Werther and how, in the 1700's, it took Europe by storm. Tyler gives an order and Wrong makes his point, a valid one at that. Sebastian, with Wrong's help, starts connecting some important dots although once he falls asleep, his thoughts are no longer his own. He flashes back to traumatic events from his past.

    Meanwhile, Marla and her friend board a plane but before it takes off she sips a cocktail and makes a very important phone call….

    “Consent creates a game, not a crime.”

    With the series well past the half way mark at this point in time, things are starting to come together and starting to make more sense. There's still plenty of weirdness going on and Pahalniuk is still very much toying around with some meta concepts in this series but the narrative threads are tying up in ways that are as interesting and disturbing as they are darkly comedic. The writing draws you in. It toys with your sympathies a bit by providing ideas that a lot of people will be able to relate to (concern for a child, the possible loss of a loved one, the very concept of searching for identity and purpose) with an intent to take things to such an extreme, that, damn it all if some of what Tyler preaches as his insane gospel starts to make sense.

    Stewart's art has been consistent here since the very first issue and that remains the case seven issues in. It's the right mix of solid detail and somewhat cartoonish exaggeration - if the story is going to be over the top it's only fitting that occasionally the artwork go there too. All in all, this series has so far turned out to be so much better than any sequel to Fight Club had a right to be that it's impossible not to recommend it.

    As always, read the 'Chaos Report' pages that back up the feature, some interesting dialogue going on in there that's worth reading. Also worth mentioning is the appropriately bizarre collage style cover art, courtesy of series' cover artist David Mack (and the variant cover provided by Duncan Fegredo).
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