Graphic Novel Review


Author: Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: HarperTeen
First Published: May 12, 2015
Genres: High Fantasy, Humor, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed


Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

My Thoughts

This book was a reminder about how I should never decide whether or not I’ll read a book based on appearances alone. I had seen this book around at the library and never picked it up because it just wasn’t that appealing looking. I ended up reading it because a friend had loaned it to me and asked me to read it. I am so happy that she did, I loved this little graphic novel to bits!

“This is what you wanted, isn’t it? You went looking for a monster. Well, here I am.”

Nimona is about a villain named Lord Blackheart and his shapeshifting sidekick, Nimona. They face off with Blackheart’s nemesis, Sir Goldenloin and the Institute. After the first few comics, I didn’t expect much of a story. Given that this series started as a webcomic, it gave me the impression that it would just be a comedic story about likable villains. While it was certainly very funny, the story ended up being so much more and I was pulled deep into Nimona’s story the more I read.

While I didn’t find it eye-catching at first, the art has a charm to it that grew on me the more that I read it. The cute, comical style is unique and memorable and gave the whole world a whimsical feel. I loved that the world was a crazy blend of medieval fantasy with futuristic science fiction. I was pleasantly surprised by this overlap of two wildly different genres, it made the world fun! I also ended up absolutely loving all of the main characters, but especially Nimona!

This little graphic novel was exactly what I needed, it provided some laughs and a lighthearted adventure with some touching character relationships. I definitely want a copy of this for my shelves and strongly recommend it to everyone, it was just such a joy to read.

About Noelle Stevenson

Noelle Stevenson is a comic artist and freelance illustrator residing in Los Angeles, California. She published the young adult graphic novel NIMONA in 2015, which is also serialized online. She has been nominated for a Harvey Award and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Webcomic in 2012. She is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and has done published work for BOOM! Studios, Random House, MacMillan Press, and What Pumpkin Studios, among others. She is the co-writer of LUMBERJANES, a comic series from BOOM! Box, and has done writing work for Frederator’s BRAVEST WARRIORS as well.

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