Book Reviews

Book Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: 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 Review: Nimona is a really cool graphic novel. I wanted to read this story because the villain (Lord Ballister Blackheart) and not the hero (Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin) is the main (morally grey) character.

Things aren’t as they seem in the best possible way. I liked Blackheart far more than Goldenloin because Blackheart was more of a dynamic character than the other. I also loved his often comedic interactions with Nimona. Nimona surprised me with her care-free attitude to commit evil. There are some pretty violent killings in this novel.

As the story developed, I became emotionally invested in Blackheart and Nimona’s plot to take down Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. I couldn’t help but sympathize with Blackheart but don’t condone his actions to achieve that goal. The Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics is super suspicious.

The artwork was splendid and accentuated the mood and tone of the story. The ending was sad but fitting. I highly recommend this fun read!