‘Gorgeous, Hard To Follow’
How do you follow a success like Fight Club?
I thoroughly enjoyed the original book, and (surprisingly) the movie - movies are never as good as the book, but Fight Club comes close! Nonetheless, the notion of a sequel scared me a bit.
And finding out it was only available as a graphic novel? Scarier still. Lots of folks love graphic novels but I’ve never really got into them.
Well, it’s beautifully put together. The book has a quality feel to it - the weight of the cover, the texture of the paper, the colours in the drawings, all added up to give it a great feeling in my hands.
But what about the story? That is, after all, the point.
Well, it’s OK. It’s great - in parts. It’s confusing - in parts. It’s way, way too meta - in parts. And it knows this. The artwork deliberately obscures some things (like text) to make it harder to see whats going on. I found that annoying but I suspect the artist loves it.
But by the end I thought it was fairly satisfying. It was interesting. It could have been less annoying and less confusing, but it was still good.