Saturday, March 25, 2017

Graphic Novel Review of Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Read for: Graphic Novel Challenge
Synopsis: "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."

My Review: I didn't know a lot about this graphic novel when I picked it up, it just came highly recommended by a fellow reader and friend of mine. I ended up really enjoying this one, it was fast paced with some great art and an interesting story. What really makes this book are the characters! They are each so unique, something you haven't quite seen before and they are also a diverse set of characters. I love the point of view from the villain's side of the story and the grey areas of good and evil throughout the book. I think readers anywhere from middle grade on up through adults would really enjoy this one!
My Rating: I wasn't too sure how this one would go, I was a little disappointed with the LumberJanes because the characters kind of blended together. I am so glad I took a chance on this one! I loved it and I hope that we will see more like this one from Noelle.  I give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!


  1. I might be interested in this one. I'm glad you ended up liking it.

    1. I think I read this one due to Kami's review, it turned out to be really great! I think it is standalone but I would love more with these characters.