Monday, 14 September 2015

REVIEW - Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: 10th September 2015
Source: Own Copy

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 webcomic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the webcomic 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.





This is really my first proper graphic novel, I have read some on my kindle but nothing beats the feeling of holding a brand new book in your hands.  Especially when it is full of the awesome comic wonder that is Nimona.

This was pure joy to read, it was funny, crazy, snarly, science-y (is that a word?), I freaking loved it.

Nimona is a young girl who becomes sidekick to Lord Ballister Blackheart, supervillain extraordinaire.  Nimona is not just any young girl she is a shape shifter and that is what persuades Ballister to let her becomes his sidekick - because every villain needs a kick ass, crazy sidekick especially one who can turn in to a shark and a dragon amongst other things!

The story is nice and easy, yet emotional and epic! Nimona and Ballister want to crush the Institute (the good guys) and their figurehead Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, he believes that really they are up to no good and he is gong to be the one to prove it.

Our dynamic duo go about their plan with crazy vigour, well that is probably more on Nimona's part as she is eager to kick ass and destroy the bad guys, things are going great but something is not quite right.

Ballister learns that Nimona has not been entirely truthful about her past and she gets more and more unpredictable.  This becomes a problem when they become closer to overthrowing the Institute, will Ballister go with his head or his heart.

This is quite a diverse novel with a lot of fantastic relationships within it and such great characters. All of which has been drawn beautifully.  Nimona is definitely my favourite character she is like a cross between Tigger and Tank Girl, she is sweet, cute, funny, motherly towards Ballister and gleefully vengeful.

This is a wonderful piece of work, you just need to look at this for yourself.

I hope you fall in love with Nimona like I did!




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6 comments

  1. This sounds like a fun one! I have quite some manga's (japanese graphic novels) when I was younger, but those are in black/ white only, I don't think I have read a full colour graphic novel so far. I like the sound of the main character being a shapeshifter and a sidekick to a supervillian instead of a superhero. And that's good to hear the illustrations are done well, that's one of the things I find very important in a good graphic novel. Great Review!

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    1. Thanks Lola, Nimona is such a great read and I really want to read more graphic novels like this!

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  2. I am so glad to know your first proper Graphic novel experience was such a good one! I love the idea of the whole shapeshifter thing because those intrigue me all the time! It seems like a lovely twist on the normal story and like it is going to be such a fun read :)

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    1. It was totally a fun read but it did have a dark side!

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  3. Sciency is totally a word. Glad to see you enjoyed this so much!

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