Fight Club 3 #1 Review
Chuck Palahniuk brings back his politically charged story telling for another round in Fight Club 3 courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.
This time, Tyler is calling himself Balthazar. An out of work lower to middle class schmo on the road looking for his next career opportunity. Weak and vulnerable, just how Tyler likes them.
Fight Club 3 #1 is a lot to ingest. Like a Guy Ritchie film, it jumps between multiple stories in real time. It took me a good three times to really comprehend what was going on. Separating each story into its own narrative, then piecing together the puzzle like Charlie huffed up on paint solving some grand conspiracy.
There’s a dead dog, “Balthazar” and his family, Nazi gold, an execution, a planned seduction, and a creepy old dude hocking a magical picture frame like he’s running the mystery shop from Needful Things. Luckily, Fight Club 3 #1 is a quick and easy read as conversations are at a minimum. So plugging through three times to gather just what exactly is going on isn’t that difficult or time consuming.
Cameron Stewart returns bringing his impressive style back to the raunchy life of the insomniac sociopath. It’s his style that drives Palahniuk’s story telling ability. Without it, I couldn’t see Fight Club 3 or even Fight Club 2 for that matter being as impactful as they are. It’s strange really. Stewart’s art is clean and very Disney-esque, much less aggressive that Palahniuk’s narrative style. Together though, they continue the tradition that is Fight Club, something that appears much different on the surface than what it truly is on the inside.
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