Monday, April 8, 2019

Nimona - Noelle Stevenson

Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4 Stars

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.

If you've even heard of Lumberjanes then you are familiar with Noelle Stevenson and will probably love Nimona. 

Things to Love About this Graphic Novel:
1. Ambrosius Goldenloin.  His name is Ambrosius Goldenloin!  Plus - I think he's more of a villain type than the actual villain. 
2. Nimona herself.  She kicks butt and makes no apologies. 
3. Villainy runs rampant throughout this graphic novel, all thanks to the loving and tenderhearted (hahahaha) villain - Lord Ballister Blackheart. 
4. The art is wonderful.
5. Nimona is a shapeshifter.
6. There are dragons!
8. This graphic novel is funny.

Ok - so seriously - if you love well written and well drawn graphic novels about strong women, villains, dragons, some science and so much more, this is the graphic novel you want to read.  There is humor thrown throughout the story, and well developed characters, and plenty of things to really make you think.  This is a must read for fantasy fans everywhere!

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