Shape-shifting Dragon | Nimona | A Review

Recently I’ve been introduced to the world of Graphic Novels. Something which I’ve found quicker and easier to read. Reading graphic comics/novels has proved great if I’m in a reading slump. Especially if I’m in a reading slump.

I’m spending the month of July reviewing a bunch of graphic novels, so watch this space! But first, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.


The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle 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 is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

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.

Star Rating – 3 Stars

I’d been eyeing this graphic novel up just before Christmas. I was a fan of the Lumberjanes art style (review to follow soon!) and was excited to see that Noelle had written her own graphic novel.

I really enjoyed reading this, it took me the best part of a day but the story was wonderful, although slightly sad. It’s funny, quick to read and has some great life lessons in it – like listening to the boss before you decide to do something crazy and possibly dangerous!

If you like reading fantasy and are looking for a quick read, something that will grip you and make you want to read until the dead of night, then this book is for you!

I also think that this is a great start to reading graphic novels. It’s easy to read, the drawings are fab and unlike manga, you’d read ‘normally’ as I totally get that some find reading back to front a tad confusing!

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought about it. And if you haven’t will you be adding it to your TBR?

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