Mini Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Mini Review: Nimona by Noelle StevensonNimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: May 12th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 266
Format: Graphic Novel, Hardback
Source: Borrowed from the library
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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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

I didn’t write down too many notes while reading Nimona, so I’m just going to write a mini review where I share some of my notes:

  • Yay for page numbers! (So many graphic novels and manga don’t have page numbers and I’m kind of weird and I want to know exactly how many pages I’ve read in a day or how many pages I have left in a book, etc.)
  • Great humor already, and I’m only on page 2!
  • This is a really different take on the villain-as-hero story. And this is really just a unique story in itself.
  • This is ADORABLE.
  • I love how, although this is about more than just one character, the titular character is the female sidekick. The book’s not called “Blackheart.” It’s not about the villain or the hero. The titular character is the sidekick, and that’s awesome.
  • I also love how this is a mixture of time periods. They seem to be in a medieval town, and their clothing and other aspects suggest that time period, but then there are TVs and TV news anchors and other futuristic gadgets. Very cool!
  • So many emotions!

I just really loved Nimona. It was completely adorable, I loved the plot and the setting, and I can’t wait to read more from Noelle Stevenson.


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