Graphic Novel Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

NimonaAuthor and illustrator: Noelle Stevenson 

Genre: YA, graphic novel

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

266 pages, hardcover

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

I feel like I say this a lot – but how the heck did I not read this sooner? You guys know I love comics and graphic novels, and I’d heard about how amazing NIMONA was from a lot of friends. And yet, I just now read it. BUT at least I finally did because I LOVED it.

This graphic novel is hilarious and weird and dark. It’s super strange but in all the best ways. I love that all of the characters are both good and bad, light and dark, which is how I think all people are. Nimona was a little bit crazy and murder-y but also just wanted to be loved. I loved that instead of wanting to be the hero, she wanted to be a villain. You don’t get that very often, and you guys probably know I’m a sucker for villains. Plus, the actual villain, Lord Ballister Blackheart, was not as evil as you might think. Yes, he wanted revenge, but he was also against killing. Like I said – dark and light.

Nimona is sassy af, and I think this really comes across in Stevenson’s wonderful illustrations. They are deceivably simple – simple line work but lots of details, flat colors but lots of them. I really loved these illustrations. I also loved that Nimona is kind of curvy.

The bottom line: READ IT READ IT READ IT. I’ll definitely be checking out Stevenson’s other comics after reading this (already placed a hold on LUMBERJANES at the library). If you like dragons or sassy MCs or villains or silly names or fun illustrations or science or metaphors, you should definitely read NIMONA.

10 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

  1. I’m glad you loved this! You’re totally right, Nimona was sassy af – she’s fabulous. I’m reading the second Lumberjanes right now and it’s also hilarious!

  2. My roommate last year was doing her very best to get me to read this one I just haven’t had the time! I’m glad you loved it! As soon as I have time I will definitely be picking it up.

  3. After you read Lumberjanes let me know if they are similar. I didn’t like LJ so I want to know before shelling out for this. (It’s expensive here). I loved the artwork though. Her artwork is brilliant.

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