There is something wonderfully fun about graphic novels. Something about the art and being able to see the characters adds a whole other dimension to the story. I am continuously amazed at the talent of not only the artists, but the writers who weave complex, utterly amazing storylines into a limited amount of dialogue and pages. Nimona is no exception. Nimona was written and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson. It started off as a serialised web comic, before becoming immensely popular and put into print this year. Although I had never heard of it before I started seeing reviews on GoodReads, I’m glad I gave it a go! What fun it was!
Our story beings when Nimona announces herself to supervillain Ballister Blackheart, as his new sidekick. When she proceeds to show him that she is actually a shapeshifter and able to shift into any animal, he gladly takes her on. However Nimona has a different way of dealing with the “good guys” than Blackheart (namely murdering them). And our Blackheart is a supervillain with a conscience. So things get a little out of control. Who is Nimona really? And how can Blackheart bring down the institution and his old ‘friend’ Goldenlion without Nimona killing him?
I can see why this book has gotten a load of fantastic reviews! Its a lot of fun, easy to read and extremely enjoyable. The dialogue is at times hilarious and other times totally grippingly serious. The illustrations of the characters and events are fantastic!
The characters were all great. There weren’t too many crammed in and it made it so easy to get swept up in the story. My favourite part of the book was the relationship between Blackheart and Goldenlion. What pent up frustration and romantic tension there was there! I loved that Blackheart was bad, but good, but bad, and that the good guys were not as good as they let on.
Nimona was the star of the show though. We begin to learn more about her and where she came from… Or do we?
The only thing I didn’t like about it really was it was too short for me! I am an extremely fast reader, even with pictures to keep me occupied it would seem, and it was over way too quickly! But that’s my problem, nothing to do with the book itself!
Extremely entertaining, I would recommend Nimona to any graphic novel fan. Also to graphic novel novices, I think this would be a great introduction.