Hey guys! So today’s review is a little bit different than usual because I’m reviewing a graphic novel! Disclaimer- I have not read that many graphic novels, nor do I know anything whatsoever about illustration, digital art, graphic design, or art in general. Now let’s move on to the review!
This book follows Nimona, a young shapeshifter with a penchant for mayhem. She finds a villain, Lord Ballister Blackheart, and single-handedly decides to become his sidekick. Unfortunately, this villain is much more like Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb: all bark and no bite. When he and Nimona join forces they are suddenly much more capable of committing actual treachery than before. Lord Blackheart grapples with his morals, his arch nemesis, and his new pizza-loving sidekick in this hilarious and heartfelt novel by Noelle Stevenson.
Okay y’all, I think I’m in love with Nimona. She is SO funny, witty, and badass all at the same time. One thing that I had never really realized about graphic novels is how incredible they are at conveying character. Even though this had fewer words than your average novel, I felt like I got to know the characters just as well. And I grew to love all of them. Nimona, with her pizza eating and her shark dog dragon shape-shifting, Lord Ballister Blackheart and his protectiveness of Nimona, even Sir Ambrosious Goldenloin and his confusion about good and evil. This novel had such a strong cast of characters, I really never wanted to leave them.
Also, Noelle Stevenson is a complete genius.
Reason one: She created this as a webcomic originally, as her senior thesis. It was then picked up by Harper Collins. How does that even happen?!
Reason two: She’s only twenty-five!
Reason three: She’s written for Disney, Marvel, and DC Comics.
Reason four: She’s giving accurate representations of queer people in the media! You would think that in this day and age that wouldn’t be a problem in the world, but unfortunately it is. And she’s doing a damn good job of it.
Reason five: She’s an inspiration. As a college student who wants to make a future in writing, it is so amazing to see other women out there kicking ass and taking names.
So yeah, basically I want to be Noelle Stevenson. And I want to read Nimona again. In fact, I think I’m going to go do that. But before I do that, I must once more impress upon all of you how important it is for you to read this book. It’s funny, it’s beautifully illustrated, and it will bring a smile to your face. I promise. Get it here Nimona
Final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂