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.


Review: The Creeps (1) The Night of the Frankenfrogs by Chris Schweizer


Category: 9-12 (Age Group) Graphic Novel

Published: 2015

Read: 2016

Score: 2/5

Synopsis: In Pumpkins County, weird things happen every day, but nobody ever makes a fuss. Nobody, that is, except the Creeps: Carol, a big-city girl new to Pumpkins County, who finds kindred spirits in Mitchell (monster expert), Jarvis (military brat with logistics know-how), and Rosario (girly girl on the outside, muscle underneath). The Creeps are on the case to figure out the spooky mysteries and still get to class on time. Last week it was a pudding monster. This week, it’s killer frogs—reanimated from the team’s biology class dissection experiment. Who’s behind the Frankenfrog attacks? The Creeps will track down the answers!

Review: This is my first ever graphic novel that I have read. It shouldn’t have been. I was not happy reading this, it wasn’t a very good story although I did like the graphics and I believe it could have had so much potential.

You get these four kids, all smart in their own ways. I also like how the bigger girl is the girly one and knows her clothes/fashion. That was cute. They solve crimes, but the town doesn’t like that or them.

All the kids call each other names in this book, why? I don’t get it and don’t think it’s necessary. He could have done a bully theme without the names, and creeps…why call them creeps?  


They do solve the crime of the frogs, which is a great idea and are kinda creepy. I am a fan of anything Frankenstein related. It’s a fast easy read and quite frankly if you are looking for something to get your kids to read this could be it. Kids  could find it funny.

I do also like the diversity in this book. That is one of the reasons it got a 2 rating. The kids are clearly from different back grounds which is lacking in a lot of stories for this age group. So this part of it is a HUGE win.

Maybe I am bias because I am older and don’t like name calling? Could be. Will other people like this book, for sure. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read that is for sure but I will not read it again or allow my son to read it. I think there are way better choices out there for graphic novels. Maybe the 2nd could be better? This is the first is what looks like a series. 9781419713798-creeps_zoom