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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062278227
Characteristics: 266 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 11, 2018

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.

fineplan Dec 14, 2017

A sweet and funny graphic novel with engaging artwork. It lightly explores important themes, gently easing readers into considering larger issues.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

A delightful subversion of a lot of our favorite fantasy tales, Nimona is our hero (although she's really the bad guy, or the bad guy's apprentice!) Good for readers who want a non-traditional fantasy sure to leave them laughing.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 24, 2017

This was really great! I enjoyed this much more than the few I've read in the Lumberjanes series so far. Very fun, yet the right amount of dark and emotional.

Library_Jill Aug 09, 2017

A fun, quick read with a lot of heart, featuring a villain who likes to play by the rules, his spunky sidekick who...well...doesn't, their "good-guy" arch-nemesis, and an organization of heroes that may be less heroic than it appears. I don't always enjoy stories in which I am supposed to root for the bad guys, but Blackheart was just so endearing, I couldn't help myself! Here's hoping there will be a sequel someday...

RobertELPL Aug 08, 2017

An endearing story that takes a bit of a closer look at what it means to be a hero and a villain. The story may follow the "villains," but you will surely be rooting for them more and more after each turn of the page.

Jul 12, 2017

I loved how Nimona could shape shift I thought that was so cool and how black heart was always looking out for her. I also really liked that part of the story when Nimona turned into a old lady and said that this apple is to hard that she lost her last tooth on it then the lady said that she was going to pay for that then Nimona thou the apple at the lady's head and said that she did not have to pay for the hard apple, that made me laugh. I an definitely voting for this book in the YRCA the hole book was just terrific.

Jul 12, 2017

"Nimona" is an immersive graphic novel. What I mean by that is it makes you feel like you are a part of the Nimona and Blackheart duo. In the beginning, I felt that Nimona acted too childish; she acted rashly and did not think about her actions' effects on other characters. However, it is revealed that there is more too Nimona than what she initially shows the Blackheart and the reader. Nimona's journey to adulthood (or somewhere close to it) was very interesting to read about as well as her interaction with Blackheart and other characters. I particularly enjoyed the style of graphics, the plot, and the characters.

Apr 16, 2017

Nimona is a fantasy graphic novel filled with adventure, humor, awesome characters and plot twists. Because the novel started out as a web comic, you can see Noelle Stevenson's art style change and improve as the novel goes on, which makes for a unintentional but fascinating touch. If you are a fan of the comic Lumberjanes or just fantasy and graphic novels in general, you'll probably enjoy Nimona.

Mar 25, 2017

This is a great graphic novel for all ages! The humor is quirky and delightful. I adore this book :)

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Laura_X Jul 27, 2015

What do you mean there are rules? Why would you follow the rules? Isn't that the whole point of being a villain? That you don't follow the rules?

Jul 23, 2015

Blackheart: I can't have some kid following me around all day.
Nimona: I'm not a kid.
Nimona: I'm a SHARK!


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