Fence #3 by C.S. Pacat + Johanna The Mad (Artist) + Joana Lafuente (Artist)
Publisher: Boom! Box (Boom Studios)
Release Date: January 17, 2018
Summary: As Nicholas works to become a better fencer, Seiji takes an unexpected interest in his journey.
My Rating:★★★★☆ ½
My Thoughts: Fence #3 delivers on more character development and is very much a plot driven issues! For those who’ve been wanting a bit more development compared to previous issues, readers will not be disappointed in this continuation!
As we’ve know from previous issues, Nicholas has the heart to be a great fencer, but as it turns out his skills need some work. He begins to train earlier & much harder before the big competition.
I loved that for those who don’t have too much knowledge on fencing (like me 😂 ) , the fencing terms are really easy to understand & overall I loved learning more about the techniques involved with it.
Nicholas shares more of the King’s Row dynamics + daily life in this issue which really helped to give the perfect amount of background to characters introduced in Fence #2.
While it was clear Aiden was the school’s heartthrob (and player), we get a little more development to his character when he denies to having had any connection w/ classmate Jay (who is heartbroken). However, its clear not all the top fencing guys are mean, when Harvard confronts Aiden about his rude behavior.
We also get more tension between Nicholas & Seiji as they continue to be rivals. I also loved getting more from Bobby + seeing him with his roommate/friend Dante!! (Even though Dante hasn’t said a word, I can already tell he will be another one of my favorite characters 😆💕)
Nearing the end, the main arc of this issue was definitely building up to Nicholas’s first match against a classmate. To the class’s surprise, Seiji decides to watch his match.
As it turns out Seiji admits that his first ever match/victory against Nicholas was a fluke. While that definitely was a theory in my mind as I read Fence #1, I was shocked when it was true.
This issue is probably one of my favorites. It had so much development in terms of character & story, while also being perfectly paced.
As with the previous issue, there continues to be diverse representation from black, brown to Japanese & Filipino rep.! And gay rep. is better represented than being hinted at from previous issues.
Fence #3 is definitely the strongest issue in the Fence series so far! More background to the main cast and plot make this issue perfectly paced and developed. There continues to be great character dynamics & tension that build the plot, making Fence #3 a much needed + brilliant addition to the series!