Author: Noelle Stevenson
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Graphic Novel
Length: 266 pages
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Source: Personal collection
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.
I grabbed this book off the shelf of my classroom library, and I’m so glad I took the time to read it for myself so I can better recommend it to students. Nimona was so cute and heartwarming! I loved the campy and cartoony humor. The minimalistic art style placed the reader’s focus on the character and plot development. I appreciated that Nimona looks cute and sweet but she is actually incredibly powerful and morally gray with realistic emotions.
There was so much depth to this story about good versus evil and what defines heroes and villains. This looks like it will be a fun and simple fantasy story, but it is so much more than that, with a full range of complicated and lovable characters.