REVIEW: NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson


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 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.

Originally a web comic, this graphic novel is simply AMAZING.

The medieval mixed with modern technologies. Knights and shapeshifters, news broadcasts and pizza delivery. Stevenson seamlessly intertwined these two worlds to the point where I didn’t even blink when our favourite supervillian fights knights while contacting our favourite shifter through electronic earpiece.

I raced throughย NIMONA,ย not because it was a particularly small book but because I simply couldn’t put it down. It ensnared me in it’s spell before the end of the first chapter, no joke.

Every single character had purpose and was illustrated to perfection. Nimona herself, was the best bad guy out there. She was hilarious in her enthusiasm for death and destruction. Blackheart was also a massive highlight, I love when the bad guy has morals and doesn’t like to break the rules while robbing a bank, or stealing top secret information. It was a perfect juxtaposition.

I enjoyed every moment in Nimona’s world.

Generally with every review I do, I have positive and negatives about the book, but in this case, my only negative would have to be that by the end I wanted more! I wanted to see more of Nimona and so much more of Blackheart and Goldenloin together! I think I NEED a squeal, like, yesterday!


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