Author: Noelle Stevenson
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Page Count: 272
“What if I cut off your arm right now? Then you’d see how fast the Institution would cast you aside. Just like they did me.” “You wouldn’t.” “No. I wouldn’t. And I’m the villain. What do you suppose that says about you?”
Nimona is definitely going to be a graphic novel that I recommend to everyone, especially to those who are venturing into the world of graphic novels for the first time. Nimona is filled with fantastic characters and a wonderful story. Noelle Stevenson has created something wonderful and I can’t wait to read more from her.
Nimona tells the story of a young girl named Nimona who decides to join forces with the biggest name in supervillany, Ballister Blackheart. As the story progresses, we learn more about both of these characters and their backstories and let me just say that both of them had some heartbreaking pasts. We learn that Ballister has an arch nemesis, as all super villains do, named Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. We soon learn that there is a lot more to the history between Ambrosius and Ballister and that maybe Ballister isn’t the bad guy that everyone makes him out to be.
I found the mixture of an ancient fantasy-esque land and the modern day use of technology to be quite unique. Typically, you wouldn’t see dragons, knights and sorcery mixed in with news stations broadcast on large screen TVs and CIA-like technology, but I think Noelle Stevenson really incorporated everything perfectly and it worked really well within the story!
My only critique is that I wished that the story was longer! I found that I was left wanting more after finishing it and I really do hope to see more of Nimona, Ambrosius and Ballister someday.
This story had everything from humour, that made me chuckle out loud, to heartbreak all within an extremely touching story. I loved every last bit of it and I highly recommend reading this wonderful graphic novel!