I’ve seen Nimona around on the blogosphere for a while now, but didn’t get a chance to pick it up until I stumbled across is at my local library.
The first thing I noticed – and probably the only shortcoming the book had for me – was the art style. Drawn in a very simplistic way, each panel was roughly the same size. This meant that each scene – whether they were just eating dinner or someone was getting killed – was delivered in a similar fashion with the same weight. I would have enjoyed the book even more if there had been more variance in the panel sizes – a few full page spreads would have done wonders. (WONDERS, YA HEAR ME?)
But apart from that, the book was just perfect.
Nimona, oh Nimona. She wasn’t stick-thin. She wasn’t model-like beautiful. She wasn’t perfect and graceful and elegant. She was flawed. She had a wacky shaved haircut (plus, she died it purple. Because she’s bad-ass like that) and a normal sized body – normal not by comic book character standards, but normal by reality’s standards. (Can I get a cheer for imperfect characters?)
She was vibrant, full of energy and just so, so endearing – one of the most enjoyable characters I’ve read about in a long time.
But while Nimona was the main character, the supporting characters were far from being JUST supportive characters. They had flaws and characteristics and were protagonists (or antagonists) in their own right. (Plus, the name Goldenloin. Hah).
In terms of plot, the book left little to be desired. It was dramatic. It was well paced. It was engaging. It was also pretty depressing at times. But hey, aren’t most good books like that? *cries in corner*
Also, the ending is one of those ambiguous endings that is actually done well enough so it doesn’t leave you like: ‘SO WHAT HAPPENED IN THE END???! ARGHHHH. I WANT TO STAB SOMETHING’. Satisfactory, but still fairly open. The things around you still remain completely whole, I assure you.
TLDR; So yeah. In terms of writing, plot, characters, backstory, scene, detail – A+. The only thing I have here is I would have enjoyed some variety in panel sizes. Toodooloo.
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.