Nimona (2012)


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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.

From: HarperCollins

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2014 Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Award Shortlist — Favorite Webcomic (Continuing Story)
2015 Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Award Winner — Favorite Graphic Novel/Book
2015 Eisner Nominee for Best Digital/Web Comic
2016 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album—Reprint
2015 National Book Award Finalist - Young People's Literature
2015 Nebula Award Nominee - Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy


Starred Review: “Stevenson’s world is fascinating: an anachronistic marvel that skillfully juxtaposes modern conventions against a medieval backdrop. Imbued with humor, her characters are wonderfully quirky and play with many of the archetypes found in comics. The relationships among her characters are complex and compelling: for an antihero, Blackheart dislikes killing and mayhem, while Goldenloin is not averse to cheating and trickery. Stevenson’s portrayal of the relationship between good and evil is particularly ingenious, as is her attention to detail and adroit worldbuilding. If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.” (Source: Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2015)

Starred Review: “Stevenson’s tale presents a nuanced view of morality while offering thoughtful comment on friendship and individuality. Sharp visuals, a nifty amalgam of fantasy and science fiction elements, and relationships drawn with complexity, wit, and depth create a world worth returning to again and again.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)

Starred Review: “Action scenes dominate as Nimona shifts with Hulk-like ferocity from frightful creatures such as a fire-breathing dragon to a docile cat or a timid child. Dialogue is fresh and witty with an abundance of clever lines.” (Source: School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 4, p173)

“Stevenson gleefully plays with classic sword-and-sorcery tropes, adding some mad science for good measure, but it’s her depiction of the impish Nimona that really shines. The irrepressible minivillain is a tyrant, for sure, but Stevenson’s cartoonish full-color illustrations give her such wide-eyed innocence and gleeful facial expressions that it’s hard not to love her, even when she is blowing up buildings. Packed with spot-on comedic timing and heartening relationships, this is perfect for readers who prefer their adventures rollickingly clever.” (Source: Booklist, vol 111, number 16, p40)


National Book Foundation: “Interview with Noelle Stevenson, 2015 National Book Award Finalist, Young People’s Literature”

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