Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Book Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Genre:Graphic Novel
Published by:HarperTeen
Publication date:5/12/2015


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 Thoughts

So this was my first graphic novel and I'm glad that my delve into this genre was with Nimona because it was wonderfully illustrated and the plot was engaging. I know that there are many graphic novels to choose from out there but I was never into comics or the like when I was younger so I never thought as an adult that I would enjoy them, but on some recent posts on Facebook on a penpal group I belong to there was some talk of graphic novels so I thought why not give it a go so I decided to try the library first because I didn't want to shell out a lot of money for a book from a genre that I've never read and needless to say my small town library was not a hot bed of graphic novels, shocking I know! However, there was Nimona, so I paged through it and liked what I saw and thought it was worth a chance.

I really enjoyed the sarcastic jokes made about heroes and villains, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and Lord Blackheart trying to play your typical hero and villain is comical considering they are in love with each other (spoiler)! It is not spoken of but it is definitely hinted upon! Lord Blackheart and Nimona's relationship is cute, that of little sister and big brother, to bad Nimona is not really truly human, but then again some humans are more monster then human so why can't a monster be more human then monster? Just a little question to ponder. If you have never tried to read a graphic novel I definitely recommend them as fun reads. I liked Nimona so much I went out and bought my first graphic novel, The Sandman Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman, I will let you know what I thought of it when I get done with it!

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