Book Review: Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

nimona-noelle-stevensonTitle: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
ISBN: 9780062278227
Pages: 272
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 out of 5


On the surface, Nimona is just a little girl. A little girl who happens to have teamed up with Lord Ballister Blackheart, the most evil supervillain that their kingdom’s ever faced. But there may be more to Nimona than meets the eye. Who is she really, and what does she want?


If you don’t follow the comics world, you may not have heard of Noelle Stevenson. She’s a tour-de-force, writing great comics that are both well-loved and critically acclaimed. Nimona was originally a webcomic, but it’s been collected into a gorgeous paperback volume to tell this adorable and fun story.

Though the story might make Nimona sound like a comic for kids, it’s anything but. I absolutely loved diving into this book. It’s whimsical and has laugh-out-loud moments (there’s a character name Sir Goldenloin. Seriously.) It’s witty and sharp, and you can read it over and over, finding something new within its pages each time you go through it. But more than being funny, this is a book that has a soul, and Stevenson isn’t afraid to mine the depths of it for this page. It’s so great and heartwrenching, fun but also will move you to tears.

If you haven’t read a comic, or don’t know where to start, Nimona is perfect for that. It’s a self-contained story, not a series, so everything you need to read it is in this one book. The story is accessible and entertaining, with humor but also heart, and it also provides a great jumping off point, should you choose this as an entry point into comics. I absolutely loved the rich colors on each page of this comic; it adds to the sumptuous feeling reading this book provides. Suffice it to say: whether you love comics or are brand new to them, this is something you should absolutely read.

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  1. THIS BOOK. Now that it’s out I want to buy twelve copies and hand them out like candy. I am just enormously fond of the weird, endearing world Stevenson created. And I dig that she didn’t ultimately shy away from the dark side of her story.

  2. If there’s a Goldenloin, I must read it. Hilarious.

  3. I have been following the web comic Nimona and its publication as a graphic novel gives me such joy! I completely agree with you that it is a great place to start for someone who’s new to this genre.

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