by Noelle Stevenson
The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.
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 realises 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.
When I picked up Nimona I really didn’t have much idea what it was about. I knew it involved the characters on the cover but that was about it. I went in completely blind.
I’m always glad when that happens, being an avid watcher of YouTube and BookTube I constantly see new books I want to read, synopsis about them and peoples thoughts. It is very rare when I pick up a book I’ve heard nothing about.
I like the whole anti hero/villain story in this book. I also like the messages it attempts to get across to young readers. There is a real focus on morals and learning to be happy with yourself. It also looks at how a person is more than just the stereotype. All great messages for young readers.
The vividness of the colours in the artwork of this graphic novel really added to the story.
Overall Nimona was an enjoyable read that was quick and contained great messages for readers.
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 5/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 5/10