Author: Noelle Stevenson
Recommended for: Teens
Call Number/Link: GN TEEN STEVENSON, N.
Synopsis: 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
Review: Nimona,on a first read sounds like a send up of the tropes of fantasy and hero/villain sidekicks, but the story matures and grows into a tale of self-exploration and relationships. All of the characters get their excellently written moments of introspection. I enjoyed this title quite a bit.
Nimona is one of those rare things in narrative fiction: a complex female character. All too often, the quest for “strong” female protagonists, leads to a blandish heroine who’s strength, basically translates to “pretty/knows karate.” Nimona’s strength lies in a battling mixture of powerful darkness mixed with a very human vulnerability.
This is a graphic novel that shines for teens or adults both males and females. While not overtly violent or ribald, I would not recommend it for younger viewers. Many of the subtle nuances of character and the meditations on what makes one “good” or “bad” are a bit above the interest level of a younger reader.