Book Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Written by: Noelle Stevenson
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Pages: 266, Hardback
Series: Nope, Standalone
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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.

LetsTalk

This review will be rather short and sweet. Mostly because that’s how Nimona was. I wasn’t 100% sure what I was getting into with this book, I’d seen people talking about it online, and I have this habit of every week looking through all the books my library has added to the catalog every week, which has led to some problems with my TBR, but beside the point. I saw Nimona come up on the new books and asked myself what was the harm? (I’m really good at ignoring my TBR. I think of it as a gift.) Aside from the fact that all library holds come in at once, someone should write a scientific paper on why that is always a thing that happens.

But I’m off topic, point is that I didn’t know what exactly Nimona was about, I knew people who’d read it when it was published online but this was new for me. Within about 18 pages I knew I was about to read pure gold. Nimona isn’t serious, in fact it’s pretty off the wall to the point my sister pointed at the page and went “is that a shark with boobs?” which in fact, it was.

Didn'tWork

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending. I would’ve liked to see some more resolution. Yeah, sure the big things are all taken care of, and everyone is safe. But even with the epilogue I just would’ve liked to see more. I wanted something else to change. I’m trying to be vague which I know is hard to both write and read, but I’m hoping you’re understanding what I’m saying. The ending just left me unsatisfied.

DidWork

I think the setting itself was brilliant, medieval theme with nearly modern day technology. It was beautiful. I liked how it was presented to the reader in this no nonsense way, it made for a funny and charming adventure.

While I was unsatisfied with the ending of Nimona I was completely thrilled with the plot. It was funny and yet still managed to pack a lot of punch with feels too. It all flowed at a nice rate that let the reader sink into the story. Yeah it took me all of like, two hours to read the book but I really found myself in love with it the whole time.

Pickup

Despite my feelings on the end I still have to say yes. It was such a humorous easy story that I really have to say overall I really liked it.

Sondra

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