Author: Noelle Stevenson
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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. (Source: Goodreads)
Nimona is a young shape-shifter who wants to be Lord Blackheart’s sidekick. Blackheart is a hero-turned-villain, and he finds Nimona infuriating but cares about her. They face off against Blackheart former best friend Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. Nimona follows their adventures as they face off against the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.
A few weeks ago I posted a mini-review of a preview of this book, now I can finally tell you all about how amazing the full book was. The story only improved beyond the first three chapters, turning into something beyond what I had imagined, with some truly interesting twists. The art was consistently amazing, and the characters only became more loveable and interesting as the book continued. You can probably tell I adored the crap out of this book.
The book follows an unlikely pair, Nimona and Lord Blackheart, as they take on the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. This book totally turns the good-bad dichotomy on its head showing how not everything is always as it seems and things aren’t always black and white. I loved the twist on the classic rivalry between Blackheart and Goldenloin – who were maybe…lovers? I don’t want to give anything away but…there’s a lot of really amazing cool stuff happening in Nimona and you need to read it.
The characters are fantastic. Blackheart is such a likeable guy and he does some really amazing stuff for people. Nimona is kind of dark and twisted and yet so adorable too. I think their relationship is so strong and compelling it really holds the book together so well. I also loved Goldenloin who was so loyal and caring towards Blackheart despite being his nemesis. It was interesting to look at the nemesis relationship because you often see this kind of bond between the rivals in all kinds of media and in Nimona you really see a great deal of love between the two.
The art is amazing. It’s adorable, first of all, so that really catches your eye and makes you want to keep reading. On top of that, it’s also just really cool looking. Blackheart has a robot arm, which looks amazing. All of Nimona’s transformations are interesting and unique but with a sense of Nimona to them. Her big change, into a dragon, is so dark and amazing to look at. It kind of caught me off guard how wonderful the illustrations were.
Overall, this book is just fantastic. Strong characters and design with a wonderful story. Please read this and support the absolutely amazing Noelle Stevenson!