Review: "Nimona" by Noelle Stevenson

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Published: May 12th 2015 by HarperTeen

Series: Stand alone

Pages: 266

Genre: Graphic novel, Fantasy, Comics, YA

How I Obtained this Book: I read a hardcover copy of this book that I got from my local library. I have not been asked to review this book and all thoughts are my own.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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. -Goodreads

I've never taken the time to really get into graphic novels, which is weird because I love stories and I love art. You'd think I would have naturally gravitated toward graphic novels, but for some reason I never did. So this month I've picked out a bunch to read to help me start getting into this genre. My first graphic novel of the month is, Nimona! And what a perfect first choice it was!

I gave this book a four star rating but really it's more like four and a half stars. I loved the art style and got into the story right away. The dialogue is very witty and funny and the characters were so fun to follow along with.

Not only is this book well illustrated but it is well written and the characters are so well developed. I loved everyone of them but especially Lord Ballister Blackheart. His relationship with Nimona was so sweet and fun and I enjoyed seeing things through his perspective as the villain. I also loved his relationship with his arch nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin.

And that ending! It was so beautiful and satisfying and I loved it! I wish I could say more about it but I won't because of spoilers. You'll just have to read Nimona to see for yourself, and you will not be disappointed.

This was a super quick read and I'm so glad I decided to pick it up! I had heard so many great things about this story from people all over the internet and it definitely lived up to the hype.

I recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt alone and needed a friend to stick up for them and fight for them no matter what. To anyone who believes in second chances and to anyone looking for a fun adventure.

Have you read Nimona? What did you think? Let me know down in the comments!


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