Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Format: Graphic Novel
Publication Date: 2015
The Short Version:
Nimona is a young shapeshifter who announces to the evil Lord Blackheart that she wants to be his sidekick and chaos ensues.
Why I Read It:
It seemed like everyone I know who read this loved it which both intrigued and frightened me.
From the publisher:
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.
I am always wary when a book seems to get almost universal praise from the wide variety of readers who are my friends. I worry that I will be the one who thinks otherwise. I worry about expecting too much when I start the book and being disappointed when I don’t think it’s as great as everyone else seems to think.
I hesitated a long time before requesting this one from the library. I’m not sure which of my friends made the positive comments that tipped me over the edge into requesting it from the library but whoever it was I wish I could send a personal thank you note.
I LOVED this one! It’s quirky. It’s full of dark humor and sarcasm. It’s got a heroine who’s not exactly a role model. It’s got fun villains. Many of the real villains are disguised to their public as good guys. Its got heart. It’s full of heart. You can stop reading now and just go get this book and read it.
You’ll thank me when you’re done.
If I haven’t convinced you yet – here is the information about the main characters from the author’s website:
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter who aspires to supervillainy and has convinced Lord Ballister Blackheart to take her on as his squire. While quick-thinking and innovative with her powers, she is disturbingly destructive and rarely gives any thought to consequences. She’s trouble.
LORD BALLISTER BLACKHEART
Ballister Blackheart was once a fierce enforcer of the law until his best friend betrayed him and blew up his right arm, after which he decided that the law was wrong. He follows his own moral code now, which occasionally involves genetically engineered dragons.
SIR AMBROSIUS GOLDENLOIN
Goldenloin is the kingdom’s darling and the figurehead of the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. He is Ballister’s nemesis and former best friend, and responsible for Ballister’s lack of right arm – not that he’ll ever admit it. He has a very high opinion of himself. He wears a codpiece.
The Director is the shadowy figure at the heart of the kingdom’s inner workings, and the hand behind many of its darkest dealings. As far as anyone can tell her name is actually Director. No one knows much about her, and no one really likes her, but it’s not her job to be liked. She has work to do and no one had better get in her way.
DR. MEREDITH BLITZMEYER
Enthusiastic, optimistic, and a little scatter-brained. She’s traveled far and seen some things and nothing much fazes her anymore. Very excited about science. Not a witch. (Probably not a witch).
You want to read it now, don’t you?