Nimona

Nimona

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...

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Title:Nimona
Author:Noelle Stevenson
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:272 pages

Nimona Reviews

  • Sean Gibson
    Jun 11, 2015

    4.8 Stars

    Warning: Spoilers and mawkish sentiment ahead, and very few jokes (though that will be a relief to most of you).

    At first blush, Nimona is the tale of a precocious but powerful girl’s quest to apprentice herself to the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart as he fights the forces of good and justice, led by the spectacularly appellated (yes, I just verbed “appellation”...deal with it) Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. As our tale begins, we learn that Nimona is a shapeshifter and can take the fo

    4.8 Stars

    Warning: Spoilers and mawkish sentiment ahead, and very few jokes (though that will be a relief to most of you).

    At first blush, Nimona is the tale of a precocious but powerful girl’s quest to apprentice herself to the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart as he fights the forces of good and justice, led by the spectacularly appellated (yes, I just verbed “appellation”...deal with it) Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. As our tale begins, we learn that Nimona is a shapeshifter and can take the form of any living creature, which makes her a formidable foe indeed, given that she gains the strength, mass, size, and requisite abilities of said creatures, and given that she lives in a world where dragons exist.

    The initial chapters read like a throwback to the Sunday funnies—discrete, episodic sequences complete with droll punchlines. “Charming,” I thought, settling in for a book-length collection of such strips.

    Only not so much.

    The book quickly morphs into something more complex, something deeper, something more melancholy—even as it is laugh-out-loud funny at times. Blackheart is a villain who won’t kill…and is he even a villain? Goldenloin is a hero with a dark secret representing an institute whose goals may be far more nefarious than anything Blackheart might ever dream up. And Nimona…Nimona is, by turns, a sarcastic girl, a lonely orphan, and a vicious killing machine.

    It’s impossible not to get instantly sucked into the world Stevenson creates, one where rules and logic are, to quote the great Peter Venkman, more of a guideline than a rule—knights with swords communicate via advanced video technology, and brilliant scientists and technologists discuss the merits and properties of magic. In other words, anything goes, so long as it fits the story. Stevenson’s art perfectly suits the world, and she creates fully realized and rendered characters with both words and pictures.

    There are some issues—for example, we want our wee Nimona to be a sympathetic character, but she IS a killer, plain and simple, and that doesn’t reconcile with how Blackheart in particular feels about her and treats her. But, that notwithstanding, I’m going to go full on fanboy here.

    This book is EXACTLY what non-spandex-clad-hero graphic novels should be: heartfelt, personal, and passionately executed. It’s the perfect fusion of art and story, of pathos and humor, of grace and glee. The relationship between estranged lovers Blackheart and Goldenloin is beautiful—it’s an eloquent, poignant no-statement statement, a romance between two men that requires no soapbox commentary because it’s not about social activism, but rather just the timeless tale of two people who love each other (albeit one in which one lover severed the other one’s arm and took years to apologize, but that’s neither here nor there).

    As a reader, I’m thankful that new media allows for so many ways for stories like this to be told and distributed, and for talented storytellers like Stevenson to find an audience.

    Okay, okay—enough with the sentimentality. I promise to return to inappropriate scatological humor in my next review.

  • Emily May
    Jul 05, 2015

    Notorious villain - Ballister Blackheart - gets a new sidekick to help him wreak havoc, obtain vengeance, and fight the Institution. But his new sidekick - Nimona - is a shapeshifter with a mysterious past and a mind of her own. Plus, he also has a love/hate relationship with his friend-turned-nemesis - Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin.

    Heroes & villains, science & magic, bloody battles & so many giggles...

    Well, I enjoyed it ;)

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  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Jul 13, 2015

    This was so great! I love Noelle Stevenson's writing & art style. Can she just write a million more graphic novels please?

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Jul 22, 2015

    Pouahaha. What a story! What witty dialogs! Filled with humour, adventure, magic and friendship, it will certainly charm and entertain the hell out of you. This title used to be a DNF of mine, before I decided to give it a second shot. Glad I did! What made me stop reading it the first time around was the graphics, because this is a style that never appealed to me, but truth is, it just grows on you, as do the

    Pouahaha. What a story! What witty dialogs! Filled with humour, adventure, magic and friendship, it will certainly charm and entertain the hell out of you. This title used to be a DNF of mine, before I decided to give it a second shot. Glad I did! What made me stop reading it the first time around was the graphics, because this is a style that never appealed to me, but truth is, it just grows on you, as do the characters and every other element.

    Nimona, huge bear hugs to you. Ballister, you’ve got my admiration. Goldenloin,

    . Noelle Stevenson, I wish you’d write a sequel or an happy-ever-after epilogue. I want to see Ballister & Goldenloin kiss.

  • Patrick
    Jul 28, 2015

    I'm always willing to pick up an Indie comic, especially one written by a name I recognize. This one did not disappoint.

    It's funny at times, sweet at times, pleasantly subversive without being heavy-handed or preachy.

    I'm reading through it with my little boy right now, and he's enjoying it too....

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Jul 31, 2015

    hilarious, touching, with beautiful art and an interesting ending.

    Great for fans of Vicious by V.E. Schwab and Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl (because the Simon Snow vibes were strong, let's be real)

  • Victoria Schwab
    Aug 10, 2015

    F*cking fabulous.

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Sep 14, 2015

    Lord Ballister Blackheart is a dastardly villain. Well, not really. He could be with the right little push.

    Enter Nimona!

    Nimona shows up one day and announces that she is now his side kick. She has some kick ass powers of shape-shifting. She can turn into any living thing. Even other human forms. The only form she can't take is something inanimate.

    Nimona is primed to help Blackheart be the best super villain ever. If he would let her. She is ready to kill some people including the king. Hey, th

    Lord Ballister Blackheart is a dastardly villain. Well, not really. He could be with the right little push.

    Enter Nimona!

    Nimona shows up one day and announces that she is now his side kick. She has some kick ass powers of shape-shifting. She can turn into any living thing. Even other human forms. The only form she can't take is something inanimate.

    Nimona is primed to help Blackheart be the best super villain ever. If he would let her. She is ready to kill some people including the king. Hey, that's how kingdom's are taken over right?

    Blackheart's main nemesis is his old friend Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement. Sir Ambrosius turned against Blackheart years ago and cost Blackheart his arm. (He now has a prosthetic)

    Blackheart and Nimona have some fun times.

    Like playing board games together.

    Even if he won't let our heroine express her little bloodthirsty heart to the full extent the duo manages to uncover secrets that the Institute wants kept under wraps.

    With just small amounts of destruction in their wake....

    This book is great fun. I liked Nimona even though she is even more bloodthirsty than I am. Blackheart does well as the somewhat wussy villain and now I'm a convert to even this style of art. It took a few minutes to grow on me but in the end it did and the images fit the story.

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  • Natalie
    Feb 16, 2016

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    I’ve been meaning to read this graphic novel for a few months now and I’m really happy that I finally did.

    It had me hooked right from the beginning and wouldn’t let go till the end. I loved it!

    This story follows Nimona, a shapeshifter, and Ballister Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta.

    They are partnering up as sidekick and supervillain, and are about to wreak some serious havoc.

    Their main mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddi

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    I’ve been meaning to read this graphic novel for a few months now and I’m really happy that I finally did.

    It had me hooked right from the beginning and wouldn’t let go till the end. I loved it!

    This story follows Nimona, a shapeshifter, and Ballister Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta.

    They are partnering up as sidekick and supervillain, and are about to wreak some serious havoc.

    Their main 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.

    Reading

    was such an exhilarating journey. I felt as if I was right there with Ballister Blackheart and Nimona on their missions. They work so well together and their dialogue left me with the biggest smile on my face.

    I loved Nimona as a character, her enthusiasm, relatable humor, and her story really added depth to the plot.

    She is as unique as the storyline.

    I also enjoyed Ballister and Goldenloin, even though they definitely had a complicated journey at the beginning, I really liked them together.

    They reminded me a bit of Baz and Simon from

    — I love them with all my heart.

    Oh, and Doctor Blitzmeyer was a very pleasant surprise. I enjoyed reading about her and I would have loved it if Noelle Stevenson had added her journey to uncover the Anomalous Energy Enhancer.

    That ending left me in tears, I couldn’t believe it when Nimona didn’t get a happy ending. I was incredibly sad about it, that was such an emotional part of the story. I was just listening to sad music with tears in my eyes.

    But I kept thinking (until the very last page) ‘what about Nimona? She was left all alone at the end.’

    I was so thankful for the epilogue. I really thought for a second there that Noelle Stevenson would leave it on a cliffhanger.

    So I’ve heard great things about this graphic novel, but the one that really got my attention was Rainbow Rowell’s blurb on the cover:

    . I couldn’t agree more with her, she summed it perfectly up in just those 5 words.

    was an adventurous, heart-gripping, and humorous story — with amazing artwork. I love it!

    Definitely a book that lived up to the hype.

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  • Zoë
    Jul 21, 2016

    Amazing! I loved the strong, unique characters, the plot, the humor, the art, and everything else!