The Saturday Reading List: Nimona

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


The Stats:

  • Fiction, fantasy, science-fiction, indie-comic, graphic novel
  • 4/5
  • Warnings: No real warnings. Some crude humor, violence, sassy sidekicks, and drawn blood.

From Amazon: 

“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.”

Zo’s Review:

Does the art style look familiar? Well, if you remember the book Fangirl that I reviewed awhile ago then that’s why it looks familiar because Noelle Stevenson did the cover design. Honestly, that’s why I picked up Nimona. I loved the design of the characters on the Fangirl cover and I wanted to see what else Stevenson could do.

For those of you who may not have known, webcomics are pretty popular. Some of them are like fanfiction and can be based on existing shows/other sources of media and some of them are totally original. Nimona originally started as a webcomic and it was only recently, in May, that it was finally taken from the world of the interwebs and published in print by HarperCollins Publishers.

I really liked Nimona. Not only was the setting awesome (the story takes place in a world where Medieval Times and science-fiction basically had a baby) and the characters aren’t always as they seem. The good guys aren’t so good and the bad guy isn’t all that bad. And sometimes, there are people who you can’t label as either the good guy or the bad guy. Also, Nimona, the titular character, is pretty freaking awesome and I don’t just mean her shapeshifting ability. Like, Nimona has curves! I just find that a wonderful breath of fresh air and even though Noelle’s characters don’t have any realistic proportions, the body type diversity in the main character was greatly appreciated (whether it was done intentionally or not).

Nimona is a pretty easy and quick read. It has some interesting points without seeming too preachy and it’s just over all fun. Do I wish there was more? Well of course, you always want more of a good story. I’ll definitely be checking out more of Noelle Stevenson’s work in the futureOverall, if you want a nice, fun, and interesting addition to your own reading list, check out Nimona. 

Here’s the first page from the webcomic (this is the original version before it was redrawn for publishing – always interesting to see an illustrator’s progress). You can still view the the first three chapters online here:

What do you guys think? Have you read Nimona already? Have any other book suggestions that I should add to my Saturday Reading List? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments. Just be respectful please.


5 thoughts on “The Saturday Reading List: Nimona

    • zozo93 says:

      Hey, thanks for the comment! Yeah, I’ve heard other people say they thought the ending was confusing. I didn’t necessarily think of it as confusing but just kind of wishing that certain aspects, that as they are, were okay but totally had the possibility of being developed more. But I guess when I think of it, maybe that’s the same thing as confusing…Thanks again! 🙂

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