Fence #1

Writer: C.S. Pacat Artist: Johanna the Mad Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: November 15, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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Novelist C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad team up for a new series perfect for fans of Check, Please! and Yuri!!! on Ice. 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!

  • 10
    Comicosity - MJ Rae Nov 16, 2017

    If you are into sports manga, love comics about strong relationships and overcoming odds, or have a younger reader in your life who would appreciate a good story, Fence #1 is the perfect place to jump in. This is a strong comic with a clear path, and a story that appeals to a wide audience of readers. If you are looking for something new, give fence a try, it won't disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Jeremiah Johnston Nov 15, 2017

    FENCE #1 has a simple, no-frills plot that introduces the fencing rivalry between an intrepid underdog and a world-class finalist. We meet Nicholas Cox, a poor but passionate fencer, entering a regionals tournament for a chance to prove his mettle. His determination " and that of his opponents, too " is brought to life through the manga-inspired art of Johanna the Mad. In the end, C.S. Pact's story of competitive fencing (and an implied touch of romance) sets up what is sure to be a fun and emotionally compelling series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 15, 2017

    The series is a solid one reminding me of the sports focused manga I've been getting in to. It's a great debut and one that was unexpected in how much I enjoyed it all. A definite get and a comic that's going towards the top of my read pile going forward. It delivers action, emotional ups and downs, and surprising depth in its characters all in one issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Nov 15, 2017

    The artwork is exceptionally clean " no spare lines anywhere to be seen and very minimal shading. This does sometimes give the illusion of everything being a bit more on the blocky side, but it is also reminiscent of manga as well. It's an interesting blend between the two, in a way. I will say that all the characters introduced have amazing hair, especially Nicholas. The artist did a fantastic job making all three of them very distinct (different facial structure, hair style, hair color, etc) yet bold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Nov 16, 2017

    Fence #1 kept me entertained with its character building and peek into the world of fencing, but got me totally hooked with the issue's cliffhanger and what this ending could mean for Nicholas and Seiji's rivalry. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Nov 16, 2017

    Three or four months from now we very well may be looking back at the start of a brilliant run. For now, were still on the starting line. Allez! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 15, 2017

    A fun first issue with a few cliche moments, but an overall interesting story that caught my attention. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Joshua Hilgenberg Nov 16, 2017

    To more avid readers, the story may seem already done, but younger readers will likely enjoy following Nicholas' fiery attitude battle through the fencing world and the even more frightening world of school. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Doug Warren Nov 15, 2017

    It wasn't bad. It wasn't all that great either. If you like the underdog story and want to see it in a new context, go ahead and pick this issue up. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - Eric Cline Nov 13, 2017

    The premise is cool and the issue's not bad, but it's not really good either. The art direction for the actual fencing is especially disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geekery Magazine - Chelsea Stanford Nov 15, 2017

    Overall, FENCE is a good drama, and I plan to give the series a try. I've got hopes that it'll deter from the looming cliched YA story line, and insert more character into the work, but if it doesn't, Pacat and Johanna will still have a fun, easy to read story that teens and light-hearted adults should enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Nov 14, 2017

    Despite the dearth of queer content in the world, particularly in comics, there's so much more out there now that Fence #1's uneven, emotionless debut makes me feel as if even my meager alternatives are enough to allow me to give this a pass. Read Full Review

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