09 September, 2015
Nimona [graphic novel] by Noelle Stevenson.
Nimona is a perfect gem of a graphic novel and my personal favourite for this year. (Actually for a bit longer than that, as it began as a web comic, and the wait between updates was agonising). Feel privileged that you can read this in one go you lucky people, because it is very good!
A mash up of magic and science, we have medieval outfits and settings, plus modern accoutrements such as TV's, computers and rayguns, and it all works on every level - there is humour, action and cool characters (with interesting names).
We start with Ballister Blackheart who finds himself with a self-nominated young sidekick called Nimona. He soon finds out she is a powerful shapeshifter with impulsive tendencies who is keen to help him in his role as a supervillain. His nemesis is the kingdoms champion, Ambrose Goldenloin, who used to be his best friend. As the story unfolds we find out that The Institute of Law Enforcement, led by the 'Director' doesn't really have the best interests of the citizens at heart and it is up to Blackheart to find the truth and foil their plans, with a bit of help from Nimona. Does she save him or is it her that needs saving?
I love the unique drawing style of Noelle Stevenson, she started this as a student project and you can see how she evolved her style over the comic in the drawing and colouring. Her story telling is spot on and you will see why she gained quite a following in the on-line community.
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Recommended by Anita S, Blockhouse Bay Library
Anita S reads widely and eclectically, but most often random non-fiction fact books, good general and teen fiction, (often dystopian future types), fantasy and sci-fi if they cover a new angle on something, kids books and ... actually she'll take a look at most stuff. Books are great! She also loves art and illustration.