I had heard a few good things about this graphic novel, but then I looked at it more thoroughly at work and decided that it was something that I wanted to read and maybe use in my Feminist Literature class.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Young Adult
The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it "a deadpan epic."
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. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
I will preface this review with the fact that I don’t read many graphic novels; however, I don’t think that has to do with the fact that I didn’t absolutely love this book. I felt like there was a lot of gaps in the plot and world structure of this book. I felt like if I had a few more solid chapters, I could have gotten to know the characters a bit better, and Nimona herself a bit better and more fleshed out without giving away the ending.
I flew through this book. It really only took me one major sitting and and hour and a half to read. I loved Noelle Stevenson’s art. I thought it was perfect, and I loved how she challenged—ON ALL FRONTS—general graphic novel stereotypes, like buff guys, skinny and sexualized women. Instead, she had gay lovers, a girl who isn’t considered skinny, there was no stereotypical romance found in this graphic novel, and I somehow found that refreshing. It was an interesting commentary on the stereotypes in classic and modern graphic novels.
It’s definitely worth the read, but I would borrow it from a friend first and then if you love it, go buy it!
I gave this book 3.5 stars.