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.(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
So many words come to mind when I think about this book. Amazing. funny. fantastic. Epic. Basically, this is one of the best graphic novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I completely adored it. This book was originally a webcomic of the same name, before it got noticed by HarperTeen and now it’s in book format.
It’s about a villain,Lord Ballistar Blackheart, and his archnemesis and childhood best friend, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, and, finally, Ballistar’s apprentice/henchwoman/friend, teenage shapeshifter Nimona. At first, Ballistar is less than pleased about the girl (or shark!) that shows up in his labs, but he needs all the help he can get, so he lets her stay.
But it’s not the simple villain vs. everyone story you might think it is. No, as the story goes on, Ballistar and Nimona start looking less and less like the villains everyone thinks they are and more like the heroes that the people at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics are supposed to be. On top of that, Nimona pretty much goes against every single law of science, which is extremely confusing for a scientific man like Ballistar.
The first few chapters read almost like the Sunday funnies. Short little stories packed up neatly with a punchline at the end. But as the book goes on, you can see it morph into something darker, something more complex. Ballistar has depth none of us expected. Nimona can go from ruthless killer to sarcastic teenager to frightened, lonely girl.
And the world is amazing. Knights battle with swords while they watch over the kingdom with giant TV screens. Ballistar will plot out his next scheme on paper while video calling another scientist or watching the news. Old timey magic and modern science go hand in hand in this comic, and it only adds to the draw of the world.
The artwork is quite fantastic, as well. Richly colored with an almost doodle-y sort of art.
All in all, this is a heartfelt, humorous, entertaining graphic novel that I highly recommend. This is what superhero comics should be like.
So, what do you guys think about graphic novels? Do you like them or dislike them, or are you just so-so? Have you read Nimona, either when it was in webcomic form or in book form like it is now? Did you like it? And, finally, did you scream in frustration a little bit at the ending?