Nimona by Noelle Stevenson | review

Title: Nimona

Author: Noelle Stevenson

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: May 12th 2015

ISBN: 9780062278227

Series: Standalone

Pages: 266

Edition: Paperback

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I bought this myself but all opinions are my own.

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.

After reading Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, I really wanted to try and read some more graphic novels and when I was scrolling through IMDB looking at Daniel Craig’s profile seeing about James Bond there was Nimona! He’s playing Lord Ballister Blackheart our main character villain and now that I’ve read Nimona, I’m HELLA excited to watch this when it comes out!

I devoured Nimona in like an hour, the plot was interesting and enjoyable, the characters were fun! Nimona is a shapeshifter who has come to Lord Ballister Blackheart to be his sidekick in villainy, what starts off as a few mischief acts ends up turning into a huge battle and Blackheart discovers that Nimona’s powers are mysterious and dangerous.

The beginning of this book was quite funny with Nimona’s shapeshifting powers and then the book goes into more depth and we explore and find out more about the characters and see their developments.

This book is a standalone however I feel that it was left quite open ended, I still have questions so I’m not sure if Noelle Stevenson is done with this universe or not, if anyone does know let me know in the comments!

I do now want to go on to read her other novels, the Lumberjanes and Runaways so I’m looking forwards to reading those eventually!

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