Fight Club 3 #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
Yes, Dark Horse is releasing another installment in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club series, despite the fact that Fight Club 2, a sequel to the novel, wasn’t a very good comic. I was hoping that the experience of working on the previous installment would have sharpened Palahniuk’s scripting abilities, and while it’s definitely improved, it hasn’t improved enough to make this third installment a recommend.
Picking up after the events of the second Fight Club series, this issue finds the narrator looking for a job. Or at least, I’m pretty sure he is, as just like in the previous series, Palahniuk enjoys really screwing with your expectations while reading it. I appreciate messing with the comic book form as much as anyone, but sometimes it gets to be a bit much, especially when it makes the story I’m trying to read feel pretty incomprehensible.
At least Cameron Stewart’s art is still solid. Playing with panel layouts is a trick that seemingly anyone can do, but Stewart crafts some pretty intriguing and surprising ways to make it all seem fresh, and the addition of the “flies” on the page are a nice touch as well (if a little gross).
All in all, there’s nothing in Fight Club 3 that would convince you to give it a shot if you weren’t a fan of the previous series, so I can’t really recommend it unless you’re a Palahniuk die-hard. If so, more power to you, you’ve got a weird story ahead of you. The rest of us will just sit and wonder what other projects Dark Horse will latch onto before they fold up shop.