Review: ‘Fence’ By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad and Joana Lafuente (Vol 1 &2)

‘Fence’
By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

Publisher:Boom Box 
Date: 2017 & 2018
Pages: 112 & 112
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Contemporary
Days to Read: 1 
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Book Depository Booktopia  Dymocks

Volume 1

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.

Volume 2

Scrappy fencer Nicholas Cox comes to the end of his path to prove himself worthy of a father he never knew in the face of surly upperclassmen, nearly impossible odds, and the talent of his rival, sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama.

Sparks fly white-hot on the pitch as Nicholas and Seiji finally face off once again in the halls of King’s Row. It’s a match that will change King’s Row (and both of them!) forever, and set the stage as the team journeys to face their bitter rivals and prove themselves once and for all. 

The third volume of the breakneck series from writer C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad comes at you as fast as a parry and hits as hard as a strike.

This was a graphic novel I picked up while I was exploring the shelves at Minator. I didn’t know what to expect bur after further research I discovered that C.S. Pacat is Australian and even better from Melbourne! I was so excited and keen to support an Australian author that I picked up the first Graphic Novel in store and then ordered the second one!

I was so excited to jump into the story. I really only knew that it was about fencing. Nothing else. I’m kind of glad that was the case! I love jumping into books without really exploring the concept before hand.

I loved the art style in this graphic novel. At some points I was really reminded of Pokemon with the facial expressions in certain moments. But I loved the colouring and the layout so much.

The first two graphic novels set up our characters. We are learning about our protagonist Nicolas Cox why is a budding fencer coming from a poorer background than many other fencers. We also meet his ‘rival’ Seiji
Katayama who is nationally ranked at number 2. We meet a slew of fencers along the way at Kings Row. A school that both boys end up at.

We really get a feel for the level of competition between the characters and I really wanted to know what happened next. So much so that I have decided to read the rest of the series on Kindle and order the physical copies as they become available.

As a graphic novel series I really recommend it! I really enjoyed the first two volumes and cannot wait to get to the rest of them!

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 7.5/10
World Building: 7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall Rating:   5/5

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