Fence #1 by C.S. Pacat + Johanna The Mad (Artist) + Joana Lafuente (Artist)
Publisher: Boom! Box (Boom Studios)
Release Date: November 15, 2017
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is an outsider to the competitive fencing world. Filled with raw talent but lacking proper training, he signs up for a competition that puts him head-to-head with fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama…and on the road to the elite all-boys school Kings Row. A chance at a real team and a place to belong awaits him-if he can make the cut!
My Rating:★★★★☆ ½
My Thoughts: Fence Issue 1 is a brilliant start to a new comic series! The genius direction of the plot and introduction to the rivalry between the dynamic duo protagonists made Fence #1 such a page-turner!
Okay I don’t usually buy comics issue by issue, but when I first heard about this series, I immediately knew I wouldn’t be able to wait for a complete volume!
If you’ve never heard of this series or just haven’t gotten reading it yet, please do! Its SO GOOD! I actually just marathoned all 3 issues because I knew I wouldn’t be able to put them down, so definitely keep an eye on the blog for reviews of Fence Issue #2 & #3 💙✨🤺
Fence #1 gets into the story right away as we are introduced to Nicholas Cox, 16-year old who is new to the world of fencing, but eager to compete and win in the Connecticut Regional Circuit.
As it turns out, his father, Robert Coste was an Olympic fencing champion in the 80’s. Ever since Nicholas was young and his father was out of the picture, he’d been drawn to fencing, but it wasn’t until he was a teenager that he was given the opportunity to learn.
He’s worked hard (starting at the basics, keeping up with school, work & earning just enough money to make it in) and while he is no champion, he does have a lot of heart and is determined to win. He’s told by his coach that if he wins a local tournament (Connecticut Regionals) he may have a shot at getting a scholarship if he is serious about fencing.
Now presently, he is about to enter his first match against Seiji Katayama, fencing prodigy who is incredibly skilled and on his way to the championships and possibly getting a scholarship from Exton (the best fencing school in the country).
Fellow competitors give him a hard time and believe he isn’t good enough to beat Seiji, but Nicholas isn’t giving in so easily.
This first issue of Fence really introduces a lot of threads to the story that will certainly become more complex as it continues. From Nicholas’s past, his dream to compete in fencing, to understanding fencing prodigy Seiji, the plot itself has you turning the pages and when you reach the end, eager to start the next issue right away!
I also loved that this series introduced characters of color( black, brown) & Japanese rep.!
What I felt really stuck with me about Fence (aside from the amazing + unique plot), was the characters! They are phenomenally developed! I adored the main characters Nicholas & Seiji so much!! Its clear there is so much more to them and this issue just gives you an introduction.
Their rivalry is what kept the plot of this first issue going, wondering who would win!
By the tournaments end, Seiji wins 15-0, however Nicholas vows he will beat him someday.
Six months later, Nicholas makes it to King’s Row (an all-boy’s school) on scholarship to continue with his fencing and has not forgotten his promise to beat Seiji in another tournament. As he makes his way to his dorm, he is quite surprised as to who his new roommate is!
While I personally think that the art-style could have been a bit more detailed on the backgrounds + expansion & detail on the action scenes, I felt it went perfectly with the story! It was vibrant, evenly colored and I loved the character designs! ❤
Fence #1 is a great introduction with the perfect mix of rivalry, character development, action, and dialogue to keep you hooked till the last page! Seiji & Nicholas are such incredible main characters that you will definitely be rooting for! If your looking for a new comic series I highly recommend Fence, it will not disappoint!