Mini Reviews | Fence vol. 4 & Jughead: the Hunger vol. 1 & Buffy the Vampire Slayer vol. 2

Every now and then I read a bunch of graphic novels or comics in a row. I love reading them, they’re quick reads and I really enjoy looking at all of the gorgeous art. There are also a lot of comics that are connected to tv shows or movies and that is just amazing. So let’s dive into my 3 minireviews for today!

The team at King’s Row must face the school that defeated them in the fencing state championships last year, but first Nicholas and Seiji must learn to work together as a team...and maybe something more!
Just as Nicholas, Seiji and the fencing team at the prodigious Kings Row private school seem to be coming together, a deadly rival from their past stands in their way once more. MacRobertson is the school that knocked Kings Row out of the State Championships last year - but unless Nicholas and Seiji can learn to work together as a team, their school is doomed once again! And maybe those two can learn to be something more than teammates too… 

Fence, Vol. 4: Rivals by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad
on 30/06/2020

As you hopefully already know, I absolutely LOVE the Fence graphic novels. The art fits the story really well and I like it a lot. I know it’s not anything special but I like the colors and I think the characters are gorgeous.

And the characters are what makes this such a wonderful read! There are a lot of characters in this story and I start to love them more and more haha. Nicholas is the main character in my opinion, and also my favorite. But I also love Seji, Harvard, Bobby and even Aiden haha. There are so many slow burns in this series and I can’t wait to see all of my ships sail <3.

There is a lot of diversity in race, sexuality, family and background. It’s wonderfully done and I couldn’t love it more. Fencing is a really big part of this story, almost all of the plot surrounds it, and I like it so much. But I can imagine it might not be for everyone. I for one can’t wait until we get the next volume!

Jughead: The Hunger, Vol. 1 by Frank Tieri
on 07/08/2018

I read the first chapter of Jughead: the Hunger in The Archies & Other Stories so I already had a feel for the story. The first chapter actually ended on a bit of a cliffhanger so you can imagine I wanted to get my hands on the first volume. And I can say it went in a different direction than I was expecting!

I really enjoyed this darker Riverdale story and would love to continue with the series. It will be so interesting to find out what happens next. There are more series in the Archie Horror universe and I want to read them all. Just the titles alone got me excited, Vamporonica and Blossom Demons!

The art isn’t ‘pretty’ but it does fit the story really well. As does the color scheme. I can’t say I really liked it, but like I said it fits the story so I did like that aspect. The story ended nowhere near I was expecting to end up haha, but I can’t wait to see what happens in the next volume.

Buffy Summers—the Slayer, the Chosen One meant to save the world from the literal evil forces of hell—must save her friend Xander before he dies… and returns as a vampire. As Giles and Willow each take drastic measures to find a cure, Buffy must face the hardest choice of her already not-so-easy life: save her friend or stop her new enemies, Drusilla (AKA The Mistress) and Spike from opening the Hellmouth. But where does the mysterious vampire with a soul named Angel fit into this mess? And what secret is he hiding that will forever change the war between the Slayer and the Mistress?
Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and artist David López (Captain Marvel) present the next chapter of the fearless pop culture reimagining that generated headlines worldwide.
Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5-8.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 2: Once Bitten by Jordie Bellaire, Joss Whedon, David López
on 25/02/2020

I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer vol 1, it was actually really high on my favorites list last year. So of course I wanted to read this second volume. I did miss the release but was lucky to be gifted this one in the gift boxes Candyce and I made each other.

Almost right away I noticed that the art looked different. I couldn’t really find an explanation for it but where I loved the art in the first volume, I got actually a bit annoyed by it in this one. It didn’t look that good and it took away from the story for me.

And unfortunately the story was a bit of a disappointment as well. It was okay but it felt like a filler between the first and third volume to me. I will say I’m curious about the next volume! For now I plan on continuing the series but hopefully I’ll like volume 3 better. If not that is probably where I will part ways with the story. 

These were 3 mini reviews about graphic novels I read recently. It was a bit of a range in ratings but I did enjoy all of them. I can’t wait to read the next volumes in all three series! Have you read any of these? And did you like them? Let me know in the comments!

One thought on “Mini Reviews | Fence vol. 4 & Jughead: the Hunger vol. 1 & Buffy the Vampire Slayer vol. 2

  1. Great review Isabelle! I have been wanting to read more graphic novels and I’m definitely going to try the Archie ones as I love Riverdale! I didn’t really enjoy Fence, but I’m glad you loved it. I’m sorry Buffy wasn’t so good, I hope the next volume is better! 🙂

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