Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: Harper Collins (May 2015)

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.
Noelle Stevenson first caught my eye as the illustrator of the cover for Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl.

I just loved how well she got the characters and how perfect it was for the book. I quickly discovered that she was involved in Lumberjanes, a serial graphic novel published by Boom! Studios and had written and illustrated Nimona, a standalone graphic novel.

Naturally, I was curious about Nimona in particular and was even making plans to order a copy as I doubted I would find it locally. Let's face it. South Africa kinda sucks with getting in a solid range of what is actually available across the pond.

Colour me surprised when I found a copy though! An actual copy! It was nestled in the fantasy section of Greenstone's Exclusive Books. A store I literally visit never. I hugged it and bought it and then binge read it that night.

I was struck by the story and how, in spite of it's uncomplicated premise, touching it was. Essentially, Nimona is about relationships.

I love this story. I love the LGBT theme. It's the best starter graphic novel to whet appetites for the format. Go. Get it!