Sunday, March 29, 2020

Fence by C. S. Pacat - OPTIONAL

Fence (Volume 1) by C. S. Pacat, 112 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. BOOM! Box, 2019. $10.

Language: PG (2 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG



Fencing is in Nicholas’s blood. Nicholas does all he can to learn and become as good as his father, but his first tournament still doesn’t go as well as he wanted it to. Now there’s more at stake then his pride: if Nicholas doesn’t get on the fencing team -- a team that will only accept three members -- he’ll lose his scholarship.

Everyone likes a good underdog story, and I’m sure that the following volumes will deliver that through Nicholas -- I’m definitely rooting for him -- but I don’t feel like Pacat brings anything new to the typical underdog story. Sob-story background: check. Cocky rival: check. High stakes: check. Seeing all of the familiar tropes without a compelling reason to invest myself in Nicholas’s story makes me feel like reading the series is unnecessary because I know what the ending looks like.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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