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Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Published May 12th 2015 by HarperCollins
RRP AUD $27.99

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.


First things first, the artwork is adorable, I LOVE it! While Nimona was a quick read, it was definitely placed in my favourites shelf! Noelle Stevenson is amazing, she’s able to keep the look of the book light and humourous, as well as including darker, more serious and emotional tones at the same time.
Nimona is such an enjoyable character, I loved how mischievous she was, she definitely made me laugh out loud more than a few times! I also loved the fact that she wanted to be a villain’s sidekick, not a hero’s sidekick. Her odd friendship with Blackheart was such a lovely addition. The story strayed from the traditional clichéd evil villain with a vendetta against the golden knight, but while Blackheart still did have a vendetta, the interactions between him and Goldenloin were more of friends play fighting, which I really enjoyed!
The extra scenes in the back of the book were so cute!! I was a bit upset about how things ended for Nimona, but I do understand why. The only real negative I have about this book is that there isn’t more! Noelle, please write a sequel!
Have you read Nimona? Let me know what you think of it in the comments!



ABOUT THE AUTHORNoelle Stevenson

Noelle Stevenson is a comic artist and freelance illustrator residing in Los Angeles, California. She is currently working on her first comic, NIMONA, which is being serialized online and will be published by HarperCollins as a young adult graphic novel in the spring of 2015. She has been nominated for a Harvey Award, and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Webcomic in 2012. She is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and has done published work for BOOM! Studios, Random House, MacMillan Press, and What Pumpkin Studios, among others. She is the co-writer of LUMBERJANES, a comic series from BOOM! Box, and has done writing work for Frederator’s BRAVEST WARRIORS as well.

5 thoughts on “Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

  1. Oh, no, I don’t like to hear that it ends badly for Nimona! I’m not a big fan of the graphic novel format but I bought this because she’s too precious, this cute little villain-in-the-making ❤ I kept picking it up and putting it down because my brain just doesn't process the pictorial format as well as the written word. Now I want to skip to the end to see what happens to her and whether I should keep reading…

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