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Nimona is the New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from ND Stevenson, based on his beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Kirkus says, “If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.”
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from ND 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 has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the arrival of a “superstar” talent (NPR.org).
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.
Indies Choice Book of the Year * National Book Award Finalist * New York Times Bestseller * New York Times Notable Book * Kirkus Best Book * School Library Journal Best Book * Publishers Weekly Best Book * NPR Best Book * New York Public Library Best Book * Chicago Public Library Best Book
Fans of ND Stevenson's beloved and bestselling Nimona won't want to miss his moving memoir-in-pictures, The Fire Never Goes Out, featuring short essays, mini-comics, and photographs that span eight eventful years in ND's young adult life.
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"Awesome and adorable."--Ryan North, author of Dinosaur Comics
"Funny and vibrant, with wonderful energy in Stevenson's illustrations and a wicked wit in her storytelling."--Slate
"If you're going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"At its core, Nimona is a story of rescue. Each of the main characters rescue allies, friendships, the Kingdom, and ultimately, themselves... A vibrant solo work."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Sharp visuals, a nifty amalgam of fantasy and science fiction elements, and relationships drawn with complexity, wit, and depth create a world worth returning to again and again."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Noelle Stevenson has a knack for capturing the humor and heart in a situation in just a few panels. --Rainbow Rowell, New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor and Park"
If you're going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Sharp visuals, a nifty amalgam of fantasy and science fiction elements, and relationships drawn with complexity, wit, and depth create a world worth returning to again and again. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
At its core, Nimona is a story of rescue. Each of the main characters rescue allies, friendships, the Kingdom, and ultimately, themselves A vibrant solo work. --School Library Journal (starred review)"
Nimona is beautifully flawed and refreshingly unstereotypical in a book that is both darkly witty and surprisingly touching. And Nimona is a protagonist to both love and fear. --The Horn Book"
Awesome and adorable. --Ryan North, author of Dinosaur Comics"
Funny and vibrant, with wonderful energy in Stevenson's illustrations and a wicked wit in her storytelling. --Slate"
Graphic novel fans will finish the book in a gallop and then want to start right back at the first page. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)"
[Stevenson s] voice is clear and precise, her drawings confident, her use of color growing in depth and assurance as the story progresses. --New York Times"
Over the course of the collected Nimona, it s possible to watch artist Noelle Stevenson blossom from a student to a superstar. --NPR.org
Nimona, with all her flaws, breaks away completely from what women are allowed to be in popular fiction. --Vanity Fair
Those of you who haven't read Nimona yet are lucky, because you can buy the fantasy comic in book form instead of waiting for Noelle to post an update twice a week. Seriously, that wait was always excruciating. --Bustle.com --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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- ASIN : B00N0W1XGU
- Publisher : Quill Tree Books; Illustrated edition (12 May 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 558467 KB
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- Print length : 272 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 207,434 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The comic was hilarious and moving, it was original and one of those reads that you just can't put down. I love love love Noelle's style and hope to see much more from her (and of Nimona)!
Basically 'Adventure Time' with a slightly darker and more sinister tone to it.
I loved every page of the beautiful 'Noelle Stevenson's' master work.
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ FIVE STARS
Can you just see from the novel’s cover that this was SUCH A FUN RIDE?? It was charming, hilarious and packed-full of emotions in such a surprisingly long graphic novel. I was enchanted from the very first page by Nimona’s spunky, fierce and villainous attitude. When you add in gorgeous graphics, morally conflicted characters and a host of evil ‘good guys’… this story was just the break I needed from the YA I’ve been currently reading.
My favourite part of Nimona was the side characters, as even thought I LOVED NIMONA what really caught my attention was the hint of more between archenemies Sir Goldenloin and Lord Ballister… they were just SO FREAKING ADORABLE with their misguided hatred for one another that really stemmed from deeper, less dark emotions. The hint of their friendship (or MORE, PLEASE BE MORE) was enough to seal the deal. This is a novel I’ll be re-reading again and again.
NIMONA – Was such a spunky, fierce and hilarious gal. I loved her rebellious nature and the fact that she came across as a teenager – albeit an EVIL teenager. It felt like Blackheart was her adopted father in some way and this lent the story some softer undertones to contend with its darker elements. At heart and despite her nature, Nimona was a loyal soul and this really gained my approval as a reader. I don’t enjoy reading about evil characters with no substance whatsoever. Some internal conflict and personal standards is more realistic and makes for a better read, in my opinion.
LORD BALLISTER BLACKHEART – Was my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE character out of the bunch. His paternal instincts toward Nimona, loyalty to his old friend and moral standards made him hard not to love. He was the perfect anti-hero and an absolute sweetheart underneath all of his vendetta-driven quasi-evil core.
SIR AMBROSIUS GOLDENLOIN – Was your classic hero. I didn’t mind him really but he didn’t have much of a character, or at least traits that caught my attention. I preferred Lord Blackheart and Nimona. What I really adored about him though was his relationship with Blackheart. I loved how their relationship wasn’t the focal point of the story but continued quietly in the background. It was so adorably heart-warming and wrenching at the same time.
This was my favourite (spoiler-free) page in the novel.
This graphic novel really packed a punch from the very first page. The art was colourful and yet beautifully simplistic. There weren’t too many distractions and it was very easy to follow. The dialogue was witty and very easy to read. I kept wanting to follow it and had to remind myself to pause quite often to appreciate the glorious artwork illustrating the story. The subversive nature of this story really played on well-established tropes as well as my predictions of them, which made some of its events quite unexpected.
This story took a darker turn in the end than I was expecting but it felt justified. A HEA would have required the ending to be rushed, and considering the deeper tones in this novel it wouldn’t have seemed believable.
Ballister Blackheart: "Apples."
Ballister Blackheart: "Apples."
Nimona: "Woah, that's old school villain right there. Are you pissed you're not the fairest of them all?"
So this was a surprise! I knew it was popular going into it but I still thought it would be average. But it turns out I really enjoyed it. There were a few scenes that I absolutely found funny. Such as the bank and monopoly scenes. Most of it was so light and just simply funny and a fun read. But towards the end it became quite deep and emotional. The child like love between the two main characters was clear and I really liked their relationship. Another important thing to comment on with this is the positive body image it portrays. Never once is she judged by her size and shape and she's still accepted and cared for and nothing is based on how she looks. She is simply herself (ok so she's a shapeshifter but you know what I mean!). I absolutely give this an extra star for just that alone. Ohhhh and I loved her hair when it was purple! This Graphic Novel is also a decent size. Over 250 pages worth which was excellent. Definitely recommend.
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The main character is adorably cute, the villain has a splendid backstory to go with his splendid false arm and the hero has shiny armour. The story goes so, stuck in a rut villain aquires a new young energetic and ruthless henchwench/side-kick. His evil plans start to work. They steal stuff from shady Govt. dept.. Hero repeatedly beaten by duo before Hero always won. Henchwench revealed to be shape changing dragon. Shady Govt. dept. captures and does vivisection experiments on her. Much destruction and death ensues in retribution, much more destruction and death averted by love. The End. Lovely little story but much more about themes. Common ones, the mutability of love and hate, retribution, absolution and new beginings. Less common ones, the impact of god like power on the human, the obligations of the godlike like to the human and how big are the dots in the yin and the yang.
Buy comic and read it. Hope the author/artist does not do a sequel because although the main character is very personable and I would love to see more of her the story is complete and perfect.
I really enjoyed Nimona. It's a story full of sorcery, science, shapeshifting and sass. I adored how the whole hero/villain dynamic was portrayed and how the story got a little darker as we found out the characters' back stories. I felt some scenes could have been expanded a little but this was such a quick, fun read that left me wanting more. I hear that there's going to be a film in 2022 - I'll be checking that out! And if Noelle Stevenson wants to create any more graphic novels about Nimona and co, I'll definitely be buying a copy
So, as with all graphic novels, the main thing that caught my eye was the art style. I remember thinking it reminded me a lot of Rainbow Rowell’s books, but not quite being able to figure out why…and then I found out that Noelle Stevenson created the art on the cover of Rainbow Rowell’s book Fangirl. So that explains a lot. And much like that cover, I love the art style. Something about it is quirky and unique, the sort where you can definitely recognise who drew it.
What really makes this story is Nimona, the main character. I mean, she’s such a dork. You can’t help but love her. She causes so much havoc just by being so impulsive and spontaneous. I couldn’t help but laugh whenever she just did her own thing, and the randomness of it all. Plus the fact that she can shapeshift makes her infinitely more interesting. I mean, how cool would it be to be able to change into any animal as quick as a flash??? Ugh.
I was surprised by how much was going on in this story. It wasn’t just one plot line, there was a tangled web of people’s backstories along with the main story. It was one of those stories where you never quite know who the bad guys really are. But the story isn’t predictable at all – far from it.
How can it be when Nimona’s involved?
I got through this graphic novel really quickly even though it’s longer than most. There was never a dull moment.
I liked the ending. It left me with some unanswered questions though. I enjoyed seeing the little bonus snippets at the end too.
And let me just add one more thing…
Ambrosius Goldenloin’s hair is better than mine.
OK, I enjoyed this one a lot. It was fun, quirky and original, so I rate it…
It's clever and well plotted and turns normal fantasy hero stereotypes on their heads: the bad guy has a strong moral code, the good guy is (spoiler alert!) not as great as he appears and Nimona herself is a fabulous character, the sort of feisty and funny person you hope that you and your daughter will dress up as on Halloween. It's also funny with actual snort-out-loud moments from Nimona. I loved it.
(Slightly irrelevant note - it's also longer and chunkier than I expected a graphic novel to be - it's the dimensions and thickness of a 'proper book'.)
And it was brilliant. Nimona herself is an amazing character - anarchic, silly, dark, and emotional. And the contrast between her and her boss Ballister Blackheart makes for some hilarious comedy, and some moving scenes. I also enjoyed the very distinctive art style. Highly recommended.