Review: Fence Vol 1 by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad
Fence by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad will be releasing Volume 1 this July 31st, but let me tell you a secret…if you go to your local comic book shop, you can probably buy it now!
Category: Young Adult, Sequential Art, Comics, GLBT
Publication: July 31st, 2018; BOOM! Studios
Combines Issues #1-5.
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 scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama…
Through clashes, rivalries, and romance between teammates, Nicholas and the boys of Kings Row will discover there’s much more to fencing than just foils and lunges. From acclaimed writer C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad.
Boom Comics is constantly putting out books I want to read and this is no exception.
I know many readers will come to this having read C.S. Pacat’s books but I haven’t…and now I want to devour them.
The set up for the sexual tension will have you screaming JUST KISS HIM any time Nicholas and Seiji are in the same room together. This is a staple on my pull for this among many other reasons.
Nicholas and Seiji couldn’t be more different other than their fencing school, where they’re forced to become roommates. The rivalry is real. Nicholas, with his lack of skill but heart and secret weapon, versus Seiji, the prodigy who can’t lose (or can he…?). You can see how good this will be.
Plus, the team finds ways to include technique and information to keep the non-fencers engaged in the sport. This never feels unnatural.
The art in this book is gorgeous. It completely sucks you in and makes this a very immersive experience. I imagine this creative team has a lot of fun together.