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review 2017-04-11 00:51
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson

A couple of years back, it seemed everyone was talking about Nimona and how amazing this graphic novel was. Fast forward to today and people still seem to be talking about it. That, to me, is a sign to how brilliant a work of art is. So when I went to the library and saw it on the shelf, I snatched it up so fast! I just couldn't believe I was FINALLY going to read this comic! And, let me tell you, it's just as amazing as everyone says it is.


I literally have no complaints about this comic whatsoever! The art, the story, the characters, the setting. Everything! It's all so amazing! Noelle Stevenson did a fantastic job in creating a story where the reader becomes invested in the characters and their struggles. The artwork is matches the tone of the plot perfectly. It's light and cartoony when it needs to be and gets dark and grittier when the tone of the story shifts. The setting is a mixture of medieval and futuristic at the same time. A beautiful blend between fantasy and sci-fi. And the character designs are unique and diverse with each individual. I love the art so much!


The story is just as incredible as the artwork! It follows Nimona, a shapshifter, who is a fan of well-know "villain" Ballister Blackheart and joins him in his pursuit of "evil." I will not tell you anymore than that because it's best to go into this story knowing very little. But if you love adventure and a bit of mystery with characters who develop gradually and beautifully, then you will enjoy this graphic novel.


As for the characters, they are all so beautiful and amazing and intriguing and I just can't get enough of them! Nimona is a shapeshifter who is spunky, headstrong, funny, and cares so much for the "boss." Ballister Blackheart, the "boss," is a scientist who is a bit on the serious side but learns to care for Nimona throughout the book. Their friendship is one of the sweetest I've read about in any form of fiction. I love how they are willing to risk their lives for each other to see each other succeed. We also have Ambrosius Goldenloin. He works for the "government" and is a type of rival to Blackheart.  But, the more you read the story, the more you'll understand why they bump heads so much. The reasoning just melts the heart.


I cannot recommend this books highly enough! Please go out and read this book. It's funny, beautiful, magical, diverse, and a treat to experience. I love how positive it is for girls and boys alike. It teaches that it's okay to be who you are and that being a "monster" is not as bad as some would make it out to be. Such a fantastic message and a good read all around! 

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review 2017-04-08 08:24
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Lumberjanes Volume 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis

There have been so many people talking and raving about Lumberjanes. So much so that when I want to the library, I snatched it up so fast! The only thing I knew about this comic was that it was about a bunch of girls who were at a summer camp and how it showed such a positive light on friendship. And, yes, it is about that. But there's also so much more to it!


The story is how they are at this camp and there's some bizarre events happening. Events that cannot be explained. The campers, being inquisitive and curious, set out to try and solve the mysteries surrounding Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. It is such a fun and quirky little story about female friendships and the positivity therein! I really loved reading this story. In fact, when I got to the end, I was shocked because it ended so fast and I just wanted more!


Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis did a fantastic job writing this comic. They managed to capture what it's like being a young teen, exploring different perspectives and friendships, and how diverse each and every single one of these characters felt was truly a breath of fresh air. Their characters are all different. Different race, skin, sexualities, body types, etc., and it's done respectfully. These traits just happen to be a part of that character. It does not define them. It's just who they are and I think it's such a well-done aspect of the comic. Props to the writers!


The artwork is so cute! Brooke Allen is the illustrator and she did such a fantastic job in capturing the feel and tone of the story through the art. It's a bit cartoony and that art style brings out the humor of the book perfectly! I love how each character looks so different from one another and since there are quite a few characters in the comic, it's important for each one to have a very distinct look. The colors are bright and light, the art is smooth, it just fits so well with everything this comic has set out to do.


The characters themselves are so fantastic. I love Jo. She's a calm and intelligent individual. April is spunky and tough. Mal and Molly have a beautiful relationship blossoming that I cannot wait to see more of. Ripley is a ball of energy and made me laugh more than one. And Jen, their camp counselor, is so awesome and humorous in her own right. Actually, I feel a bit bad for Jen. She has to deal with so much of the shenanigans that's happening around her. Poor woman can't catch a break. X3 But all the characters. Every single one of them is just unique and beautiful and lovely and I just can't! 


Seriously, if you have not yet read Lumberjanes then I highly recommend you do. It's fun, sweet, light, and an all-around good time. If you're looking for a quick fun comic about friendships and mystery then I think this is a good comic to try out! I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. I know I am going to love it~

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review 2017-01-25 19:43
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson

I really enjoyed Nimona. I’d heard about in a couple of top books of 2016 vlogs. The first few chapters are available online and I loved the interaction between the two main characters so went out and bought it.


Ballister Blackheart is your typical superhero, a man who went rouge from ‘the institution’. One day Nimona turns up at Ballister’s residence and says she wants to be his sidekick. He refuses her offer at first, but once he discovers she’s a shapeshifter he decides it would be good to have her on side. So their relationships begins and the more we get to know them the more their differences become apparent, but is the very thing that sets them apart. Nimona is all about magic and fantasy, whereas Ballister is concerned with fact and logic. Their relationship was indicative of human beings own tustle between left and right brain. What was so captivating about this was that a very human problem was related in a superhero setting.


No superhero would be complete without an antagonist, in this case Sir Goldenloins! Every time I saw that name in print I had to laugh! Sir Goldenloins and Ballister have some history together which we discover a little of and becomes eve more interesting towards the end. We don’t find out the definitive details which I think are being left for a follow-up. At various points I got this feeling that there was more to come or be fleshed out, so I’m looking forward to that.


The story was an intriguing one. Basically Ballister, who was previously on side with the institution, is now fighting them. Apart from a couple of unique details it was a stock story line that was really all about the characters. Each character was distinct and had their own quirks and backstory. The star was Nimona though. She was snarky without being too much, really funny and had a vulnerability that made her relateable.


The artwork was simple but distinctive. I haven’t been reading graphic novels for long so don’t feel qualified to give much of an assessment of the artwork aside from that.

Even though this hasn’t left much of an impression on me I did really enjoy it and hope to see some more of Nimona.

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review 2017-01-14 20:39
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 272 pages.
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson

Since reading Maus I discovered how much I love the graphic novel format. This is completely different, obviously, as it's concerned with superheroes. The artwork is great and it's so much fun. Nimona is the sidekick of Ballister Blackheart and they have the best chemistry. Science and magic are played off each other in a way that gives a lot of depth to the narrative.

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review 2016-12-09 00:01
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson

Genre:  Fantasy / Friendship / LGBT / Drama

Year Published: 2015

Year Read:  10/27/2016

Publisher: Harper Teen




Now, when I heard the rage that was going on with Noelle Stevenson’s graphic novel, “Nimona,” I just knew that I had to check this baby out as soon as possible and oh man, I was not disappointed by the awesome results!

What is this story about?

The story starts off with a young girl named Nimona who wanted to become a supervillain and a sidekick to Lord Blackheart, a former knight who started his road to villainy several years ago. So, after Blackheart decided to take in Nimona as his sidekick, the two friends started causing mayhem in the kingdom, but the reason why they are causing all of this mayhem is because Lord Blackheart wanted to prove to everyone that the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics is hiding a terrible secret that could harm the kingdom. Meanwhile, it turns out that Lord Blackheart has a nemesis in Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his rivalry with Sir Goldenloin is personal due to Blackheart and Ambrosius being “very” close friends a long time ago and their friendship had ended bitterly due to Ambrosius cutting off Blackheart’s arm during a jousting tournament and now Sir Goldenloin has it out for Blackheart!

Will Nimona be a good sidekick and will Blackheart repair his relationship with Sir Goldenloin?

Read this book to find out!

What I loved about this story:

Noelle Stevenson’s writing: Wow! I was seriously amazed at Noelle Stevenson’s brilliant writing as the characters are well written and the action sequences beautifully balance out the dramatic scenes! I loved the way that Noelle Stevenson balanced out the dramatic scenes with the action scenes as we get to see tons of fight scenes between Nimona and Lord Blackheart and the guards of the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics and we also get to see some dramatic tensions between Nimona, Lord Blackheart and Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. I also loved the way that Noelle Stevenson wrote the mystery segment of this story as the reader has to figure out what Nimona’s true nature is all about and why she is so hesitant about telling Lord Blackheart about it, despite the fact her relationship with Blackheart keeps improving throughout the story. I loved the way that Noelle Stevenson developed the relationships between the characters, especially between Nimona and Blackheart as they have a father / daughter relationship with each other as Blackheart tries to protect Nimona the best way he can, while Nimona confides in Blackheart with her desires to become a villain. I was also interested in the relationship between Lord Blackheart and Sir Goldenloin as I was trying to figure out why they seem to care for each other throughout the story and once you realized that they were once friends who ended their friendship rather bitterly, their relationship becomes extremely tragic and I was hoping throughout the story that they would find a way to make up to each other. For me, Nimona was one of the best characters in the story because I loved her cheerful personality as she constantly tries to get Blackheart to take her out on their schemes, but I also loved her dark and mysterious side as I was trying to figure out what Nimona is really hiding and what is the real truth behind her shapeshifting powers. Noelle Stevenson has done a brilliant job at creating this unique world where medieval culture combines with modern day technology as you see the characters wear medieval style clothing and have events such as jousting tournaments, but you also see the characters use various technology that are quite modern such as super computers that help the characters contact each other.

Noelle Stevenson’s artwork: Noelle Stevenson’s artwork is truly cute and dramatic to look at as it is reminiscent of the designs of “Adventure Time” and I loved the images of Nimona transforming into various creatures such as a dragon, a fox and a rhinoceros as it shows how versatile Nimona is with her shapeshifting powers. I also enjoyed the images of Blackheart having a mechanical arm as it makes him look so awesome, especially when he is fighting his foes and once you learn the tragic backstory regarding his arm, it just makes you feel so much for his character.


What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

For anyone who does not like violence and language, this graphic novel does have some language, which involves the characters using the “d” word quite a bit; although the word is not used a lot. The violence can also get quite bloody at times, especially with various characters being stabbed and blood being shown on the wounds.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Nimona” is a truly unique tale that discusses about true friendship, betrayals, secrets and lies that anyone who is a huge fan of high octane fantasy and action will seriously get a kick out of!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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