Fence – Volume 1
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
- C.S. Pacat (writer)
- Johanna the Mad (artist)
- Joana Lafuente (colorist)
For me, I enjoy things more when I learn them from comics. Like there is an older manga series called Project X – Challengers and they tell stories like how 7-11 Stores got started in Japan or the invention of Cup Noodle brand of ramen.
So learning about the details of the sport of Fencing is very fascinating. And luckily while the characterization of all the athletes is all a bit well worn, it’s still comfortable and familiar enough to make it fun.
I was thrown off for a second when I realized that one of the male characters just dressed as a girl and wasn’t just a girl at an all boy’s school. The book never addresses it and it’s not needed to be addressed, it just took a moment for my Hetro Cis self to figure out what was going on. Also it’s a tad Yoai because being an all-boys school, there is no one to date besides boys. I say Yaoi because that part reminds me of mangas set at all boys boarding schools like Moto Hagio’s The Heart of Thomas.
I give this a 4 out of 5 mainly for the educational factor.
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Disclaimer: Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.