Author Chuck Palahniuk is revisiting his epochal tale of consumer disenfranchisement and punching strangers, Fight Club – the 1999 film version of which gave us peak-level Brad Pitt abs – and he’s doing so in a medium that may surprise you: comic books.
Fight Club 2 will be a 10-issue Dark Horse Comics series illustrated by Cameron Stewart, debuting in May 2015.
Palahniuk describes to USA Today being sort-of forced into the project, saying he mentioned it at last year’s New York Comic Con. ”I messed up and said I was doing the sequel in front of 1,500 geeks with telephones. Suddenly, there was this big scramble to honor my word.”
The plot of the sequel finds the original book’s unnamed narrator 10 years older and married to his love interest, Marla Singer, with whom he has a 9-year-old son named Junior.
Characters from the first book will be returning, and Palahniuk promises an exploration of the narrator’s (15-Year-Old Spoiler Alert) alter ego, Tyler Durden.
“Tyler is something that maybe has been around for centuries and is not just this aberration that’s popped into [the narrator's] mind,” he says.
Palahniuk adds that Fight Club was “such a tirade against fathers – everything I had thought my father had not done combined with everything my peers were griping about their fathers.”
He continues: “Now to find myself at the age that my father was when I was trashing him [Palahniuk is 52] made me want to revisit it from the father’s perspective and see if things were any better and why it repeats like that.”
Illustrator Stewart says he’s using a “cartoony” style for the series, claiming it’s “more appropriate for the density of the story and for some of its more absurdly comical moments.”