Nimona, Noelle Stevenson Review

Morning mortals! Yes it is I, once again actually fulfilling a Want to Read Wednesday dream! I talked about this book back in August so it’s very exciting to have finally read it! This was such a delightful book, and possibly the first graphic novel I have reviewed here on Chaininteraction so we shall see how this goes…

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Where to begin? Let’s start with that which I feel least qualified to talk about: the artwork. This is so charming and so well thought out. All the characters are so sweet and endearing (even the ‘villains’) the whole colour palette and the aesthetic are just so pleasing I could have stared at this for hours…if it hadn’t been for the plot.

Which had me turning pages like a maniac trying to work out how this might end! It was beyond gripping, it had me utterly hooked. This story at first seems so one dimensional and gradually you realise there’s a lot more going on than you first thought.

Did I mention there is a dragon? It’s been so long since I read a book with a dragon I was getting withdrawal. In fact all of the characters and elements of this story are so well thought out and I would love to look at more of the concept art (there is a little bit at the end of the novel).

I was backstage while I was reading this and so many friends kept interrupting me to see what I was reading and to have a look at some excerpts. Normally that would bother me no end but it was so nice to have people take an interest. This is certainly a conversation piece and a great book to loan out to friends (particularly if your friends are students and don’t have time to read the enormous tomes you usually recommend to them).

My rating: 5/5 stars

All opinions are my own.

Find Nimona on Goodreads

What say you? Is this on your list? What graphic novel should I read next? Let me know in the comments below!




4 thoughts on “Nimona, Noelle Stevenson Review

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  1. I read that one as well this year 🙂 Wasn’t as excited, because I didn’t like Nimona and the style of drawing. But what I did like was her boss and his relationship with the shiny good guy, that was excellent! Also, I agree, dragons are always a win!
    Would read a prequel, probably 😀 But nothing more focused on Nimona herself..

    I am reading the first volume of ‘Saga’ next, I heard lots of positive reviews! And I don’t want to give up on graphic novels yet, I just started looking into them.


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