Fence #1 by C.S. Pacat + Johanna The Mad (Artist) + Joana Lafuente (Artist)
Publisher: Boom! Box (Boom Studios)
Release Date: December 20, 2017
Summary: As Seiji and Nicholas struggle with their living arrangement, the competition heats up.
My Rating:★★★★☆ ½
My Thoughts: Fence Issue #2 is a character-driven continuation of the Fence series! The introduction to new characters & build up to what is at stake for these fencers will keep you hooked!
As we saw in Fence #1, Seiji & Nicholas are now roommates. Their rivalry and tension continues as this issue finally introduces us to more of the King’s Row fencing team!
As Nicholas is on his way to the fencing room on campus, he figures out he’s been tricked by rival fencer, Eugene Labao, into going the wrong direction. Luckily, we get introduced to Bobby Rodruíguez who helps him get to the right room. ( I know Bobby will definitely be one of the fan-favorite characters of the series! B/C he’s one of my favorites for sure!)
Nicholas & Seiji’s dynamic is so interesting and I feel that the breaks in between their rivalry make each moment in this issue so entertaining & funny (Bobby vision vs. Nicholas vision is a perfect example!)
We get introduced to members on the current team: Tanner, Kally, & the captain!
I felt the introduction to the new members was pretty good for this issue & I’m hoping for more development in the next few issues.
As it turns out, with Nicholas’s scholarship on the line, he can’t afford to mess up (being late, etc.) so the stakes for him as raising quite a bit as we figure that he has to make the team and reach the Championships against Exton (However only 3 spots are available!).
It was great to get even more diversity in Fence #2! This issue not only introduces more black + brown characters, but also Filipino-American rep. (Eugene), and trans rep (Bobby), and it hints at gay rep.!
This issue felt very much like build up and introduction to what will come in the next issues. Although it was great, I felt there could have been a bit more to develop the characters introduced, because it is clear there will be more from them in the future. Though I did feel there was much more development from Nicholas and Bobby in this issue.
Fence #2 is a well-developed continuation to the Fence series! With short introductions to who will obviously be more central and unique characters, this series continued to build tension and raise the stakes for the fencing team at King’s Row!