Book Review: Nimona (Noelle Stevenson)
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 12th 2015
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’ve loved what I’ve read of Noelle Stevenson’s Lumbejanes series (check out my reviews of Volumes 1, 2 & 3) and I was really excited to read Nimona. I had no idea what it was about going into it and it had me absolutely hooked from page one.
Nimon is the new sidekick to super villain Ballister Blackheart. She’s mischievous, annoying, and just a little deadly. As they work together, Blackheart realises that there’s a lot more to Nimona than meets the eye, and as her antics get more dangerous he must decide how far he will go to protect himself and the city.
This was like nothing I’ve read before. The characters were all simply wonderful. Nimona made me smile at every page. She manages to be cheeky and lovable and vicious all at once. Although her and Blackheart are villains, there’s clearly good at their core, although Nimona goes about her do-gooding in some very bad ways…
The history and relationship between Blackheart and his nemesis, Goldenloin, was sheer perfection. You can feel the anger and love radiating off each interaction. It’s amazing how complex and fraught their relationship felt within the first few panels of seeing them together.
Similarly, I loved the relationship between Nimona and Blackheart. It’s great to see something that’s not your typical boy/girl love story. This was more like a naughty child and weary parent, and the way their relationship grew across the story made me warm inside.
This was a heartwarming story told in an unusual way with a lovable and unique set of characters. I could read about Nimona all day and I hope you’ll love her as much as I do.