Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


Category: Graphic Novel (YA)

Published: May 2015

Read: February 2017

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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.


Review: I am by no means an expert of graphic novels. This is the second one I have ever read. I did love it thou and it actually made me laugh out loud at a lot of places in the story. There is so much to love about this and I can see why it was a popular web series before the author wrote this graphic novel. For her first one I congratulate her it was fantastic and she has a long career ahead of her if they are all like this.

It’s the story of Blackheart who gets a side kick, Nimona but doesn’t really want her. She just kind of shows up one day. She is witty and funny and gets in his way and wants to help him take over “the institution” that kicked him out after his arm was cut off by Goldenlion. She is a shape shifter so this helps in their endeavours as she can change in to anything at will. Things go well until she is captured and Blackheart has to find out where his loyalties lie and learn what Nimona really is about.

50153166af7ce96351859f1a9ab7d8e0The graphics are great, could be more colourful but I understand that is the style of this graphic novel. I love the names…Blackheart and Goldenloin. Nimona is a great character and is a girl with curves which is also great, not the normal women you find in novels like this. She is spunky and funny and is someone who will stay with you even after your done reading this.

There is also a big LGBTQ part in this graphic novel and being with the one you truly love, even if they hurt you physically or mentally. It’s sweet and I loved this part about this novel as well. It’s a take on medieval settings and the good vs. evil aspect which is funny and I love how it was done.

It was set up for a second but I am not sure if that will happen, if it does this book sets it up but if it doesn’t I am also happy with how things ended for everyone.

This book I would not recommend for anyone that isn’t 14 and above. There is violence and love and subjects they might not understand but it’s not too graphic that is super violent or gory.

IF YOU LIKE THESE YOU WILL LIKE THIS: Graphic novels, fantasy, medieval retellings, stories with LGBTQ elements and stories about strong women.



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