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

  • 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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  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    Please, universe, if you're listening, don't ever let C.S. Pacat stop writing amazing queer stories. ♥

    Seriously, though, I knew I would adore this and I was right. Pacat is an absolutely wonderful writer who is so proficient at scripting these lovable (or hate-able) characters and storylines. I was interested to see how she'd handle a contemporary sports-based plotline, with how vastly different it is from the

    series I cherish so dearly, but she did an amazing job with this, too.

    Please, universe, if you're listening, don't ever let C.S. Pacat stop writing amazing queer stories. ♥

    Seriously, though, I knew I would adore this and I was right. Pacat is an absolutely wonderful writer who is so proficient at scripting these lovable (or hate-able) characters and storylines. I was interested to see how she'd handle a contemporary sports-based plotline, with how vastly different it is from the

    series I cherish so dearly, but she did an amazing job with this, too.

    On top of how fun and quick-paced the plot is, there's a delightful (and diverse) cast of characters—my favorite, of course, being the sweet, effeminate Bobby—and Johanna the Mad's artwork fits the story

    with its bright colors, expressive faces, and occasional homages to typical manga-inspired art moments (i.e. the random switches to chibi faces ♥).

    The entire volume is honestly just perfection. I got to root for a lovable underdog, rage at a hate-worthy-brooding-arrogant-jerk antagonist, learn a little about fencing, and get wholly sucked into this little universe to the point where I'm already dying for volume 2 to release. I will probably read and recommend everything Pacat ever writes, and

    is no exception.

  • 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 Peguer

    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.

  • 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.

  • David Schaafsma

    I had not expected to like this first volume of a comics series about all-boys high school fencing, but I did, a lot. I do like sports, but know nothing about fencing, and the only reason I read it is because it is one of the 2018 Goodreads award nominees for graphic novels/comics. Then, to top it off, it is a story of 1) all boys (how revolutionary, in a time of Monstress, Bitch Planet, and so many girl-centric comics! With one exception: a woman coach, who is awesome!)); 2) rich, privileged bo

    I had not expected to like this first volume of a comics series about all-boys high school fencing, but I did, a lot. I do like sports, but know nothing about fencing, and the only reason I read it is because it is one of the 2018 Goodreads award nominees for graphic novels/comics. Then, to top it off, it is a story of 1) all boys (how revolutionary, in a time of Monstress, Bitch Planet, and so many girl-centric comics! With one exception: a woman coach, who is awesome!)); 2) rich, privileged boys either at or hoping to get into a boy's private school 3) that fencing competition focus.

    But I end up really getting into it! There's that low expectations thing going on, again. And then, Pacat and Johanna the Mad know that they cannot just simply make a series for rich kids about a pretty marginal sport (in this country) and expect everyone to love it. So what do they do? 1) They introduce you to a wide range of interesting boys, straight, gay, black, white, large, small, and so on; 2) they teach you just enough about fencing to get interested in it; and 3) they tell the story from the perspective of a working class kid who wants to be successful in fencing (an outsider; i. e., such as we who are reading it).

    So we know very little at this early stage of the series about any of the boys, though we have some ideas here and there, and it really does focus on the competition of trying to get into this private school on the fencing team, and I say it works. If you like sports, or your teens like sports, I think you will like this. But even if you don't like sports, I think you might like this.

  • Sam Quixote

    Fencing: a sport nobody cares about for a reason - it boring! Does Fence make me like it any more? Nuh to the uh uh!

    Cliched underdog protagonist from a poor family gets scholarship to posh gay boarding school obsessed with fencing (those very specific and conveniently very acceptable for our current ultra-sensitive political climate places exist apparently!). He take on rivalries with upper class fencing champions! He might win! But not for now! Gawd awmighty shoot me please…

    It’s like a kid’s

    Fencing: a sport nobody cares about for a reason - it boring! Does Fence make me like it any more? Nuh to the uh uh!

    Cliched underdog protagonist from a poor family gets scholarship to posh gay boarding school obsessed with fencing (those very specific and conveniently very acceptable for our current ultra-sensitive political climate places exist apparently!). He take on rivalries with upper class fencing champions! He might win! But not for now! Gawd awmighty shoot me please…

    It’s like a kid’s cartoon for the dumbest kids. All the characters are cunty stereotypes - the heartthrob, the team captain, the dork, the overachiever, the underdog - with not one of them remotely likeable! The story is so bland and by-the-numbers - it’s a tournament but d’you think the hero wins straight away? Course not! Stoopid rivalries have to happen first along with unexpected friendships and obvious life lessons and blah blah blah, come on, who hasn’t seen this shit a thousand times before?!

    That this is about fencing is completely arbitrary - you could substitute any rando sport in place of fencing and this story still functions. Functions poorly and bores you to tears, but still functions.

    The only thing I liked about this book was that the artist is called Johanna the Mad. We need more creators with Viking names. Unless all they produce is pap like this in which case fuck em! Fence is utter rubbish. I felt dumber for reading it and know I completely wasted my time here - don’t you make the same mistake!

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