When I want to read something escapist but don’t have the energy to read something full on (spoonie), I find myself reaching for graphic novels.
I had heard great things about Nimona, but I’ve read a few misses off the back of youtuber recommendations recently , so I was bit reluctant to buy this without a bit of a skim read in Waterstones (cough cough). I started to flip through and was hooked instantly.
From the blurb:
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.
First of all, the artwork is gorgeous! It’s colourful, energetic and constantly changing; sometimes I get a bit bored of the illustrations in graphic novels, but this book is visually interesting all the way through.
Nimona is a trigger happy shape shifter who wants to be a sidekick for the infamous supervillain Lord Ballister Blackheart. She is keen to get started, and has no qualms about killing people to win a battle. Lord Blackheart originally trained to be a hero, until he was betrayed by his friend Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin; he became a villain to avenge the wrongdoing he suffered, and is surprisingly cautious and moral for an evil genius/mad scientist.
As Nimona and Blackheart start to work together they uncover corruption at the Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics…
This was so so good! It may be the funniest graphic novel I’ve ever read. Nimona is funny, subversive and completely turns the idea of good and evil on its head. I will definitely be re-reading this book in the future and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a sequel.
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