By Noelle Stevenson
Published by Harper Collins
on May 12, 2015
Cover image and summary from Goodreads:
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.
I was really excited to read this! I’d read bits and pieces of Nimona as an online comic and was really looking forward to getting my hands on this book.
This book is totally 100% absolutely delightful. The writing, the art, the story, the humour – I love everything! I tried to take my time reading it, to draw it out and savour it, but in the end I couldn’t make myself put the book down. I read it in one day, and can definitely see myself reading it again. Nimona is funny and touching, and plays with character archetypes in a terrific way.
Nimona is a must-read and I can’t wait to read more by Noelle Stevenson in the future!