Other creators involved in the making of this comic bind-up include: Colors by Joana LaFuente, Lettering by Jim Campbell
🌻 Fence Vol. 1 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Don’t think about winning. Winning is a distraction.”
I don’t think I could love a graphic novel series as much as I do with Fence. I read Fence Vol. 1 several times so far, along with rereading Vol. 2 several times and each time I read them I get goosebumps. Vol. 1 completely took me by storm and stole my heart so going into Vol. 2, I had insanely high hopes. I have yet to be disappointed with this comic series! Vol. 2 has been a wonderful addition to my every growing comic collection and Fence Vol. 3 can’t get here soon enough!
Unlike the first volume in this series, the second bind up focuses more on the tryouts and the various matches taking place. Everyone is being ranked based off their wins verses the other candidates. We learned in the first volume that Harvard has already been at the very top, but now Seiji has joined the top with Harvard. Nicholas, however, is still trying to climb his way up in the ranks. Despite these three characters, we get so many diverse match ups and see so many different sides to a lot of the characters they we were introduced to in the first volume.
If you thought I couldn’t love this series more than I already do, prepare for some really juicy moments with this graphic novel. From all the diverse match up to the moments of vulnerability, this second volume will have you melting into a puddle. My heart completely swelled with warmth and tenderness for all these characters.
As with every graphic novel that turns into a bind up, I like to do a spoiler free breakdown (to the best of my ability). I did this for the first volume and now I’m going to do it for this one as well. If you haven’t read Fence Vol. 1 yet, then please go do so or at least read my review for the first volume. So, the next portion may contain spoilers, but I will do my best to keep it as spoiler free as I possibly can.
🌻 Chapter Five – We get a little bit of Nicholas in the beginning, but for the most part this chapter focuses on Seiji v.s. Aiden. The way the entire match plays out is intense and we see parts of Aiden’s personality, but we also see a lot of Seiji and his true feelings in this chapter.
🌻 Chapter Six – This is probably my favorite chapter of the whole bind up! Bobby is, as always, freaking adorable and amazing! We also get a little background on Jesse Coste – which gave me chills, might I add. But in this chapter, we really see Nicholas show himself and that he’s ready to come back from such a rough start in the matches. We also get some Seiji and Nicholas interactions…they stole my breath away. I also want to point out, coach really shows how much of a badass she really is in this chapter!
🌻 Chapter Seven – Nicholas v.s. Aiden! Aiden’s tactics are are good strategy, but Nicholas’s internal thoughts are absolutely hilarious. The amount of laughing I did was ridiculous! Also, there’s a part in this chapter that makes me think of Yuri! On Ice. But out of everything this chapter offers, seeing Seiji through Bobby’s eyes had me on the floor dying! A side bit: the banter between Nicholas and Seiji with their rubber ducky shower curtain divider is priceless. And of course, Aiden and Harvard are a true OTP. Their scenes were absolutely precious!
🌻 Chapter Eight – We see more of Seiji’s daily routine and the accuracy with these were so on point. However, the real event of this chapter is Harvard v.s. Seiji! This chapter will put you on the edge of your seat and that’s all I’m going to say on that. The banter between Seiji and Nicholas is always wonderful and of course, that final moment with Aiden and Harvard was so bittersweet. I adore them!
“Ah! An indirect win. The same concept as an indirect kiss!”
Overall, how could you not love this comic series?! I have fallen head over heels for this series and if you haven’t started it yet… What are you even doing?! I’m not the type to read a lot of sport themed read, but this gives me vibes of Check Please! and Yuri! On Ice. If you like of those, then this is a comic series you need to look into! I promise you won’t regret it, it’s just that good!