Review: Nimona

NimonaNoelle Stevenson, Nimona

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. (Summary from

I don’t read a lot of graphic novels but had heard great things about Nimona, so I decided to give it a try. Overall, I really enjoyed it! The artwork is very appealing, and because Nimona is a shapeshifter, it makes sense that the story would be told in this format. I also personally loved the character of Ballister Blackheart, supposed supervillain, who actually has a conscience and some well-founded suspicions about the Institution. The turns of the plot are rather predictable, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially with this type of story. I also found Nimona to be an interesting and complex character; she does some truly awful things in the course of the story, but she’s given enough depth and humanity that she remains sympathetic. Overall, I would definitely recommend this for graphic novel fans or for people who are interested in exploring the genre.

4 thoughts on “Review: Nimona

    • Christina says:

      I think this would be a good pick for people who aren’t super into the genre but would like to give it a try. After all, I don’t really read graphic novels either…it’s pretty much this and Saga for me, but I really enjoyed both!

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