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Fence #1

(Fence #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,855 ratings  ·  822 reviews
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!
Comic book, 24 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by BOOM! Box
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Sans Call up your local comic shop! If they don't have it already, they should be able to order it for you (and create a pull list so you'll be sure to get…moreCall up your local comic shop! If they don't have it already, they should be able to order it for you (and create a pull list so you'll be sure to get each issue going forward). If you're close to San Francisco, I highly recommend Isotope on Gough and Fell.

If you'd prefer a digital copy, Comixology has the first issue available right now and you can subscribe to the series.

Candle Bobby is referred to with he/him pronouns throughout, and both the fencing team and (I think) the whole boarding school are all male, so it seems as i…moreBobby is referred to with he/him pronouns throughout, and both the fencing team and (I think) the whole boarding school are all male, so it seems as if he identifies as male and tends to dress in a style that includes skirts, hairclips, etc.(less)

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Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
"I'm going to beat you fifteen-zero."

(Art by HamletMachine)

We got 22 pages.
Let me deconstruct what I can after reading consuming those 22 pages in around 22 seconds.

It's fair to say that I am pretty much already sold on Nicholas and Seiji.



The artwork is mouth-watering. I shit you not, Johanna the Mad has mad skills. The atmosphere that the artwork added in itself was beautiful enough to carry on the story.
The only reason th
Rereading this in 2020 and realizing I still know way more lines by heart that it would be considered healthy or cool or even remotely acceptable? More likely than you think

⚔️⚔️⚔️⚔️ full review now posted!!!

This review has a title and it's GET. THIS. COMIC. NOW.

If you've ever read or watched any sports manga or anime, this is a comic for you. If you're lgbt+, this is for you.

Fence follows Nicholas Cox in his dream of making it into the fencing world. His passion is driven by more th
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”I’m going to beat you fifteen-zero”

Woah Seji is such an arrogant douchebag. Well, and Nick? He’s obviously the underdog and needs some serious anger management…

In short: I already love them both! *LOL*

Considering I haven’t read a comic ever since I was a teenager (I’ll leave it up to you to do the maths! ;-P) this actually was a pretty nice start.
Guess this is going to be one of those from enemy to lovers kinda story, and I’m so here for it! XD

Bring on the hatred and passion!!! <333
I dig it! *
Whitney Atkinson
I was really hesitant to read a sports-centered story because I have a history of getting bored during them, and although this book wasn't the *most* interesting because it did have to explain a lot about fencing, I found I really enjoyed it and cannot wait for volume 2! The set-up of the conflict and emotional angst and camaraderie between the two main characters was aggravating yet addicting, and I can't wait until we get an issue that further explore Nicholas's backstory because he really int ...more
Shin Mon Thway
I love this comics. In fact, I really really love this comics. Heck, I’d read anything C.S. Pacat writes. And here comes the “but”. 😁

But the thing is, the comics is really really short. It’s merely a chapter. I don’t mind the price point given it’s Pacat’s work and the quality of the art is amazing. However, I really want more. Read this comics book in 10 mins and that .. that I was savoring. 😆

This is only the introduction of two MCs and that’s it. Will they become enemies, frenemies? Or enemie
Joce (squibblesreads)
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I LOVE sports anime (YURI ON ICE LORD JESUS PLS, also Haikyuu!! and Hanebado!) so I was super looking forward to this one. I loved the m/m themes and relationships. The author employed some typical sports manga tropes, namely the underdog story, but I love a good underdog story and learning more about fencing.

There are characters of all races and a character that defies stereotypical gender expression. The overachieving East Asian stereotype was used; however it’s not that stereotypes are bad or
JV (semi-hiatus)
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, comics, lgbtq
Well, this was cute. I have to admit that I seldom read comics (except for Peanut strips). But when I pick something up, it should be engaging enough. Truth be told, this didn't disappoint. However, I find it too short. The illustrations are wonderful and the dialogues are well-crafted. Something's brewing for these adorable boys. And I'm hoping that Pacat is not just queerbaiting me for these comic series. Oh, as for Nicholas and Seiji, here's how they feel towards each other:

˗ˏˋ eg ˎˊ˗
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, read-2017
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This went by so fast I don't even know what to say. How do I even rate this???
rin ( ̄ヘ ̄)	 read/watch mo dao zu shi
not writing a review yet but this cleared my skin cured my depression and anxiety enhanced my eyesight saved my lfie



so basically c.s. pacat, the queen, the author who i love and would die for, who wrote my favorite series of all time, teamed up with amazing johanna the mad to provide us WITH GAY FENCING SPORTS COMIC we're all going to die

kevin wada did a cover variant AND L
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english, lgbt
It’s like a mixture of Haikyu and The Foxhole Court, exactly what I’ve been craving, but why is it so short tho :c


Out of stock everywhere T.T
Can you find it somewhere online?
What a way to start my week, it's barely 10am and I'm already in a good mood thanks to this.

I get strong Foxhole Court vibes and I'm SO here for that! Gimme all the rivalry, hate-to-love relationship, I'm down for this!

Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to emma by: Silvia
Hello, if you aren't eagerly following this new series then you should be!!!

The first issue of Fence introduces sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox, a young athlete with hopes of making it in the cutthroat world of competitive fencing. He’s devoted to the sport despite his limited training, and when he finally enters his first competition he finds himself facing off against renowned prodigy Seiji Katayama.

We’ve only been introduced to a handful of characters so far, but I can NOT wait to learn more a
Norah Una Sumner
1. i love fencing
2. i love c.s. pacat
3. the characters reminded me a bit of my babies from foxhole court
5. the art is seriously really beautiful

The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
4 stars!

I rarely read comics but dang it! I enjoyed this one so much!!! I need more of the angst and competitiveness from the these boys.
4 Stars

Having Pacat’s name attached to this made it an instant pre-order purchase for me. My hard copy (finally) arrived in the mail today and I immediately halted my regular activities to devour this first volume in quick order.

Yes, it is super short, but I don’t really care; where Pacat is concerned, I’ll take what I can get, whenever I can get it.

I’m already intrigued by the main characters, Nicholas and Seiji. They have a frenemies vibe working for them already and we all know how well Paca
Anyta Sunday
Oh, God. This has so much potential.
I really need the next issues. Like, now.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i already sold my soul to this rip see me in fence hell
If anyone is interested, I went to the launch party for Fence and wrote a blog post about the night, including a pretty extensive transcript of the Q&A!! Check it out here!!

Um ok wooooowwwwwWW that was amazing!!! RTC once I compile my thoughts

I can't even begin to explain my excitement for this comic series but I did write up my feelings on my blog so there's that

C.S. Pacat just keeps on giving I love her so much

This was everything I wanted???

I'm getting such strong vibes similar to Yuri On Ice, Haikyuu!! and The Foxhole Court, all my faves.

It's a very entertaining issue and a great start to the story! We got introduced to the cast and I love Nicholas already!!! Seiji is wow. No words.

I guess I care about fencing now??, who would've guessed.

Johanna the Mad and Joana Lafuente have done a tremendous work, the illustrations look beautiful and characters' design is amazing!

It's my first time reading a comic
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

I liked it but it was too short. The art is amazing! However, it's difficult to talk about the plot since it's just the very beginning. I can't wait for the next volume and to meet all the characters. The ending was.... HAHAHA.


Combat sport? Queer characters? C.S. Pacat? Angst?

✨    jamieson   ✨
Ohhh I really enjoyed this! This is super nice, what a tight little graphic novel. This comic has been getting a lot of attention on my twitter timeline lately, and I was interested because I uhhh, love sport romances.

Fence is a sport graphic novel series about a boy called Nicholas who is beaten 15-0 in a fencing tournament by renowned champion Seiji and now he wants revenge. I believee it may also be an m/m enemies to lovers romance later down the track.

The art is nice, I love the look of it
Alexandra Elend Wolf
"Fencing is a sport of champions. You step onto the piste full of hopes and dreams. Sometimes you win. And sometimes... you're the stepping stone on some else's rise to success."

What a fun, short little ride!

I'm actually really impressed right now because even though it was not even 30 pages long it made me feel something, brought me close to tears and gave me hope and want for the MC to rise and win and achieve his dreams. That's something that even some books don't get right and the fact
♡ Dakota ♡ (Sarcasm is my middle name)
★★★★★ — 5 Stars!

Where do I start with this? I find it incredibly challenging to rate graphic novels or comics as it’s a genre that I’m new to and only just exploring. What I will say is I’m definitely intrigued. Like I think I am already strongly addicted!


1.) Nicholas Cox: He is our main character and unlike a lot of his fellow peers he doesn’t come from money. He also doesn’t have a lot of training and comes from a world that others feel makes him below them. This causes him to be
Lily ☁️
3 1/2 stars

And so the obsession begins …

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Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it

This was something like all for the game/check, please! crossover but with fencing. I’m actually convinced that the mc’s real name is not Nicholas Cox at all but Neil Josten. His nemesis’ name is Seiji Katayama, I mean? Did you spell Riko Moriyama wrong or? Anyways, we’ll see where it goes.
Jes Reads
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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!"

This was the pick for August's Panels Book Club and I have to say I was so pleasantly surprised! I realize now that I may need even more
chan ☆
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I waited with bated breath for this.... and I finished it in 10 minutes

I'm very new to the sequential art game. The two that I have read have been finished or almost finished and have taken me at least a couple of days to read. So this was a very strange experience for me, especially given how excited I was for it.

The story so far is pretty intriguing, though there's not much to it other than what is mentioned in the synopsis. Essentially, new amateur to the fencing world takes on a famo
Sofia Generali
4/5 stars

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS. It feels so much like a sports anime it's uncanny.


To be fair, it is a comic, and I know they run differently from novels, but still, it was a tad disappointing that it was so short. I'm curious to know what will happen next!

The art is beautiful, the characters are intriguing, and the storyline is just heating up! I can't wait to see where this story goes in volume 2!

Time to
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
I vaguely remember hearing about this series came out and I thought "oh, okay. that's a thing" and completely forgot about it until I saw that it was available for free on Hoopla and, as of writing, I'm at the beach and it's raining so I have nothing to do except to read this.

Because this is an issue, it was very short and I plan on reviewing each individual because I can.

I loved this introduction to this series. It definitely seems like one I will enjoy. Although sports don't really interest me
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C.S. Pacat is a Melbourne writer. Her first series the Captive Prince trilogy began its life as an original web serial. Self-published in 2013 to critical and commercial success and acclaim, the Captive Prince trilogy was acquired by Penguin, and will be published worldwide in 2015.

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