Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Title Nimona
Author Noelle Stevenson
Genre Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Format Paperback
Page Length 262
Publication Date 12 May 2015
Publisher HarperTeen
Read Date 20 Sep 2017
Rating 5.3724667 stars

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.


Well, this is a complete barrel of fun. I smiled so much through this whole read. Things this story has lots of:

– Dragons
– (not so evil) Villians
– A rather evil institute
– Robotics
– Magic
– Conspiracy theories
– Evil plans with phases!


Nimona is about a shapeshifting bad-arse woman that convinces the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart to allow her to be his new sidekick. A number of really fun encounters take place and I was so happy to go along for the ride.


I was invested in the story right from the start. I love the way it is clearly set in medieval times, but there is a surprising amount of technology throughout. Everyone is still going around fighting with swords and wearing steel armour whilst there are are flat screen TVs, VOIP, computers and the such and nobody questions it – you as the reader must also never question it! IT’S SO GOOD

The humour is exactly the type that I like – very silly and random but quite clever at the same time. Just like me, right?! Right?? RIGHT! And it’s not just written humour, little things like having a control deck with buttons and the such but also having a quill on the worktop because let’s not forget that we are in the middle ages. At times it almost feels fourth wall breaking and that it’s poking fun at the whole genre, but in a sincere lovable way.


The book is a real page turner. The story builds to a crescendo of fast paced excitement that leaves with a very satisfying bittersweet ending. I really wanted to take shots of almost every other panel and share it, but that would be illegal. So, instead, go ahead and just buy and read the book. You will not be disappointed.

Anyway, I’m off to go make some evil plans and then section them into phases.


LINKSGoodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US


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