Format Read: Paperback
Published by Harper Collins on 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 won a copy of Nimona at Harper Collins’ YA book event last year, and was absolutely stoked because I’ve been eyeing it off for a while.
I got home and finished it that night. No regrets.
Nimona follows a young shapeshifter by the same name, whose one wish is to become the sidekick to the supervillain, Lord Blackheart. Reluctant at first in taking on anyone, Lord Blackheart eventually gives in and lets Nimona join in on his schemes — the latest in a series to expose to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin (Blackheart’s once best friend) and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics are not the good guys that everyone thinks they are.
As their mischievous acts soon escalates, Blackheart soon learns that Nimona is not who she said she was, and the Institute would go to great lengths to get rid of her.
Nimona in summary, is absolutely brilliant. In just a short matter of pages, these characters managed to capture my heart and I wanted to hold on and never let them go. Nimona is feisty, Blackheart is an adorable villain, and the antagonist is pure evil. This is an adventure story that you don’t want to miss, even if you’re not a fan of graphic novels.
If you’ve read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, then you’ll know where I’m coming from when I say the drawing style is very similar to those drawn of Simon Snow. I’m not sure if it’s the same artist, but it felt very familiar to me from the beginning, and it suddenly dawned on me that I’d seen the style before!
Nimonais a fast-paced read filled with an epic adventure, great characters and even a cute romance (although it’s not who you think it’d be!).
Highly recommended, go get yourself a copy now!