Comic Review: Nimona

I love a good villain story. Who doesn’t want to learn about how a nemesis came about?

Nimona first came into my radar after I had read Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson. I loved Lumberjanes, so picking up their first webcomic turned novel seemed only appropriate.

Nimona is about a sassy young shapeshifter who befriends Lord Ballister Blackheart, a known villain who usually has his plans foiled by Sir Ambrosious Goldenloin. Blackheart and Nimona team up as a supervillain and sidekick duo bent on revealing that the Institution of Law Enforcement isn’t a band of heroes like they’ve led the citizens to believe.

There’s science, magic, dragons, and swordfights. What’s not to love about this story?

18272408Nimona is such a fun character. She’s impulsive, and wants to see Blackheart succeed in his villainy. And she has quite a knack for helping each of Blackheart’s plans work perfectly, if not better than they anticipated. Nimona might have a bit more bloodlust going for her, but she’s respectful of Blackheart’s wishes to keep the civilians safe.

Blackheart has such a good heart. He’s taken a rough circumstance handed to him, and chose to make lemons out of it. This inevitably has led him to be the villain. But its not blood he’s out for, which is unlike most I can think of. Blackheart cares deeply for the friendship he’s formed with Nimona, and still keeps in mind that she’s a child. In some ways you could say he might be a moral compass.

The duo is probably best described with a simple exchange –
Blackheart: Nimona, no.
Nimona: NIMONA, YES!

The dialogue is funny. And it does such a wonderful job giving the characters room to share their lives, and their personalities.

I love the art style. Its fun, and I can’t imagine it done any other way.

The story will keep you turning the page. I don’t want to delve too much into the plot besides the aforementioned.

I definitely recommend Nimona for anyone who has read Stevenson’s Lumberjanes, and wants to see where they got their start. But also because this villain story is so good, and worth reading. I’m so glad to have this comic on my summer reading list.

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