Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

nimonaNimona by Noelle Stevenson
Published: May 12th 2015 by Harper Collins
Source: Purchased

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.

This is one of the first graphic novels I have ever read (the first being Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children the Graphic Novel) and I picked it up because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things/Noelle is such a delightful presence on social media that I’d support her even if she wrote a single paged book on how to breathe.  I wasn’t disapiointed in the slightest with this beautiful piece of art, and I only wish there was more in my hands right now.

Nimona isn’t a long graphic novel. It took less that 90 minutes for me to get through the entire thing in one sitting with a break fro food. Even if it was longer I still think it would’ve only taken one sitting because nothing was going to take this joy away from me. Everything about it is just perfect. The art is gorgeous, the story is titillating, the characters are loveable even when you maybe should hate them for being evil.

There was laughter, there were tears (mainly because it was over), there was suspense. This comic has it all in it’s short life and it’s so worth it. If you have never read a graphic novel and are looking to get in the game, or if you’re a long time veteran to the panels, I recommend Nimona shoots to the top of your TBR pile. 5 stars for this masterpiece!

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