Nimona 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 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 is probably the first American graphic novel I have read (I was more of a manga reading kind of girl growing up) and I gotta say that this novel did not disappoint. The novel presents some ideas such as betrayal and trust. Overall, its main focus (in my opinion) the many facets of friendship; the good, the bad, and the love.

How I just worded it, the book sounds kind of boring, but ALAS it wasn’t. I got some good laughs out of this novel. Stevenson mocks the whole good guy bad guy nonsense that is heavily ingrained in our usual stories. There’s the bad guy who reeks havoc upon the civilians, right? Then there’s the good guy who swoops in and saves the day, right? Right. WRONG. Stevenson puts a good twist in her story and I’m all for it. She keeps it light-hearted and funny through out most of the story.

In many ways, I think she was prepping us for the ending. Giving us a good chuckle or two until she breaks us. Don’t worry. I won’t spoil the end but I will say that it kind of tapped at my heart strings…more like full on river danced on it. Then again, I am kind of a baby when it comes to books.

Yall are just going to have to read it and let me know what you thought and felt.

Until next time yall!


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