Fence Vol. 1

Fence Vol. 1

Combines Issues #1-4.Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place alongside fencing legends like the dad he never knew, but things get more complicated when he’s up against his golden-boy half-brother, as well as sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama.Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a s...

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Title:Fence Vol. 1
Author:C.S. Pacat
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Edition Language:English

Fence Vol. 1 Reviews

  • nova ryder ♥

    Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars ✨

    I'm obsessed with this series. No, seriously, when a new issue comes out I check Hoopla every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, to see if it's been added. It's no surprise really seeing as C.S. Pacat's Captive Prince trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies of all time. I'm also obsessed with sports anime and manga, and sports in general.

    This series has everything I love and the characters are so well thought out and written. The art is gorgeous and perfect

    Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars ✨

    I'm obsessed with this series. No, seriously, when a new issue comes out I check Hoopla every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, to see if it's been added. It's no surprise really seeing as C.S. Pacat's Captive Prince trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies of all time. I'm also obsessed with sports anime and manga, and sports in general.

    This series has everything I love and the characters are so well thought out and written. The art is gorgeous and perfectly matches the mood of the story.

    I've read this twice and I'm still a bumbling mess of feels.

  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)

    Got my early copy from a comic book store, and oh my gosh I adored it so much! Loved the diversity, the artwork, the competitiveness between the fencing team and to learn more about fencing. Nicholas is such a sweet cinnamon roll and I can't wait to be drawn into his character arc, as he is determined to overcome the arrogant champion Seiji. Great to see a bisexual character here, gender fluidity integrated into the story.

    I can't wait to see what's next!

  • Melanie

    Friends, I love this story, this art, and these characters with the sum of my being. This is such a diverse cast, from sexuality (seriously, I think everyone is queer), to race, from social and economic backgrounds, to different family dynamics; there is so much to love about

    . Like, C.S. Pacat’s writing and Johanna the Mad’s art is honestly a match made in Heaven, and these four issues were absolutely perfection.

    surrounds a boy’s boarding school, where many of the students are tryin

    Friends, I love this story, this art, and these characters with the sum of my being. This is such a diverse cast, from sexuality (seriously, I think everyone is queer), to race, from social and economic backgrounds, to different family dynamics; there is so much to love about

    . Like, C.S. Pacat’s writing and Johanna the Mad’s art is honestly a match made in Heaven, and these four issues were absolutely perfection.

    surrounds a boy’s boarding school, where many of the students are trying out for the fencing team. They all come with different levels of experience, with different strengths and weakness, but they are all competing for one of three open spots on the varsity team. And even though everyone wants to make the team, it is absolutely dire for Nicholas Cox.

    I so very easily fell in love with each and every single one of these characters. And I found these amazing character layouts on

    !

    And the “treasure” and “trouble” are honestly a gift from a higher power. And, don’t be me wrong, Nicholas and Seiji and their dynamic is perfection, but I honestly fell the most in love with Harvard and Aiden. Like, I can tell you all right now that that is going to be the ship I go down with. But my favorite character is easily Bobby! He completely made the comic for me, and everything about him just felt like a shining light at this boarding school!

    Okay, so like with every graphic novel that I review, I always do a breakdown on my thoughts and feeling of each individual issue. So, the next portion of this review will be a little more

    ! Obviously, I won’t give away anything too pivotal, but I will talk about some of the themes that each issue had inside.

    for minor bullying and for abandonment.

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    Oh my gosh, this first issue was everything! I loved being introduced to these characters, and I loved how Nicholas and Seiji literally first meet because they have to fence one another. I also loved getting to see a little more into Nicholas’ backstory and why he wanted to fence in the first place, and seeing him try to healthily fill that abandonment void with something positive.

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    This issue lets the reader see the boarding school that is really going to be the starting point of this story. It is six months since chapter one, and Nicholas is finally at Kings Row Boys School, where he hopes to get a scholarship from making varsity fence. We are introduced to a ton of new amazing characters that completely captured my heart; Bobby, Harvard, Aiden. And seeing the juxtaposition of Nicholas and Jesse Coste was really moving and powerful. I just want the best for my fence babies. Oh, and Nicholas also finds out who his roommate is going to be, and I actually screamed with pure joy.

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    We learn in this issue that there are only three available spots on the varsity team. And we also get to see all the people trying out’s different weaknesses and strengths. Nicholas is still hurting from an emotional wound that has never healed his entire life. Seiji still thinks he is God’s gift to fencing. We get introduced to Dante and Kally, who I easily fell in love with, too. And the round robin tournament for the three spots at stake begins.

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    We get to see the fencer’s matches and that’s all I really want to say. But the ending of this bind-up volume was so damn brutal. Like, I need so much more! And I don’t want to way for

    in January. I loved this, and it is easily my favorite graphic novel of 2018, so far.

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  • Calista

    I love that graphic novels are taking us into these more unknown sports like figure skating and now fencing. It's an interesting world with their own social order. The story is centered around Nicholas who is an underprivileged kid who joins a fencing team on scholarship. He traded free work for free lessons from a guy who saw potential.

    He gets to the boarding school and the interesting thing is most of the guys seem to be at least bi if not gay. I find it funny and at least interesting. I woul

    I love that graphic novels are taking us into these more unknown sports like figure skating and now fencing. It's an interesting world with their own social order. The story is centered around Nicholas who is an underprivileged kid who joins a fencing team on scholarship. He traded free work for free lessons from a guy who saw potential.

    He gets to the boarding school and the interesting thing is most of the guys seem to be at least bi if not gay. I find it funny and at least interesting. I would doubt that all fencers are gay, but this story choses to have that. Maybe not all of them, but the couples we are are boy/boy. The two main characters, we don't know about them yet.

    Seiji is the perfect fencer that everyone wants to beat. He ends up being Nicholas's roommate. They hate each other. The volume ends on a huge cliffhanger. I mean what?

    The next one doesn't come out until January 2019 and I am already hooked on this comic. I was engrossed and I just love this story. I love the world they inhabit and I like the story. I think the art is exciting also. I can't wait to know how the next volume will be.

  • Carlos.

    C.S. Pacat escribiendo esta novela:

    Tiene todo lo que quería y más. O sea, que va de unos niños súper guapos que hacen esgrima, van a un internado juntos y tienen una tensión sexual increíble. Que es un

    clarísimo y no puedo esperar a que todo se vuelva aún más gay y que se peleen y luego se coman la boca.

    Y LAS ESCENAS DE ESGRIMA?????? WIIIIIIIIIG. De verdad. Que a mí me la sudan todos los deportes en general pero que yo cada vez

    C.S. Pacat escribiendo esta novela:

    Tiene todo lo que quería y más. O sea, que va de unos niños súper guapos que hacen esgrima, van a un internado juntos y tienen una tensión sexual increíble. Que es un

    clarísimo y no puedo esperar a que todo se vuelva aún más gay y que se peleen y luego se coman la boca.

    Y LAS ESCENAS DE ESGRIMA?????? WIIIIIIIIIG. De verdad. Que a mí me la sudan todos los deportes en general pero que yo cada vez que tenían que pelearse

    . Y hasta he aprendido cosas. No me puedo creer que esta novela gráfica vaya a hacer que me guste el deporte.

    Y LOS PERSONAJES. Es que mira, me encantan. El prota, Nicholas, es

    y quiero saberlo todo sobre él y darle un besito y decirle que todo va a salir bien. Y que Seiji y él sean roommates??? ES QUE ME ESTÁN DANDO TODO LO QUE QUIERO.

    En fin. Que lo voy a pasar fatal hasta que salgan más issues. Pero vamos, que me encanta y estoy living con todo.

  • Kiki

    What can I say? I'm a C.S. Pacat stan and that hasn't changed. I will always love and support my wife in all of her creative endeavours.

    Jokes aside, this is a great start to a new series, somewhat reminiscent of

    but with a harder edge. I knocked off a star only because... Well, I'm not sure. It just didn't blow me away.

    That said, I know I'm going to enjoy future instalments of this. I can feel it in my bones. Brb, reading Volume 2.

  • Ashleigh 🥀

    oh my god they were roommates

  • Miriam

    This was really well done, although I would have liked it longer so that I could have gotten all the kids and their personalities straight in my head. Also, then they could actually have gone to class instead of just fencing practice, which would lend some balance (maybe this was to emphasize the teens lack of proportion in their own attitudes, although usually grades are an issue for student athletes, so it would make sense to include some academics).

    Btw, Australian friends, is fencing a big de

    This was really well done, although I would have liked it longer so that I could have gotten all the kids and their personalities straight in my head. Also, then they could actually have gone to class instead of just fencing practice, which would lend some balance (maybe this was to emphasize the teens lack of proportion in their own attitudes, although usually grades are an issue for student athletes, so it would make sense to include some academics).

    Btw, Australian friends, is fencing a big deal in your high schools? Cuz I fenced in high school and no one was hard core like this.

  • Riley

    Okay I have been very skeptical about this ever since the first issue came out because I absolutely hated Captive Prince by this author.

    But I kept seeing friends and reviewers I trusted love this so I decided to give it a try and w o w. I think I found potentially a new favorite comic series. I stayed up all night reading all the available issues of this. I'm also not super into sports things but something about this just works for me and I loved every page.

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