Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Date read: 01-02 June 2016
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Paperback, 266 pages
Published 2015 by HarperTeen
Source: Deschutes Public Library [Teen Graphic Novel STEVENSON NOELLE]
A supervillian and a sidekick. Institution. Good vs. evil. But which is which?
An entertaining story that demonstrates the moral complexities of life, and of the labels we use in that arena of thought.
My wife requested it from the public library for some reason and thought I might like it. I most certainly did!
The lettering borders on tiny frequently, but it otherwise is readable and legible. The drawing style is not extremely nuanced or detailed but almost always tells the story extremely effectively. There are only a very few panels where I’m like, “Not sure what that was …,” unlike say the two manga by Toboso that I read right before it where it frequently happened (and other manga, and other graphic novels). So while I would’ve preferred the lettering just a bit bigger most of the time (old eyes with slight astigmatism and serious shortsightedness), I found the text and images worked extremely well together to tell the story with neither getting in the way or being all flashy and attracting attention to one or the other.
I found this a rather endearing and morally complicated story which I think is a great story for teens (and adults). There’s plenty of negativity and broodiness and Nimona is just a girl (or is she?) and such a bad-ass with a go-getter, in-your-face attitude. Circumstances made Lord Blackheart a supervillian but his heart really isn’t in it. Who is the villain or hero, and who is the sidekick? And does that imply that the sidekick is neither villain or hero?
There are nemeses, dragons, science and symbolism and many other exciting things in this endearing tale of friendships.
The author’s bio:
“Noelle Stevenson has been nominated for Harvey Award and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic in 2012 for Nimona. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Noelle is the cowriter of Lumberjanes. She lives in Los Angeles.
Visit her online at www.gingerhaze.com.“
I have heard great things about Lumberjanes and it appears she has several webcomics available—although only a part of Nimona is still—if you wanted to check her work out for free. Also there’s the library which we used.