Author: Noelle Stevenson
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Snipps’ Stars: 5/5
Snipps Content Rating: PG-13
- Depictions of Violence
- Mild gore
- Themes of Abuse
“Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villany.
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.
All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson, based on her award winning webcomic.”
Oh boy. I don’t know where to start with this one. The synopsis the editor’s wrote covers this book so well without giving it away. This may strike you as a happy, cutesy sort of comic at first, but then it smacks you around with a fish while you’re tied to a chair.
Noelle Stevenson’s “Nimona” is a wonderfully crafted comic that subtly takes you through the struggles of each of the characters, covering themes of forgiveness and acceptance – both with others and of yourself. Even with such heavy themes, Stevenson includes quirky banter and funny remarks that, in addition to the comic’s simplistic art style with color palette, that gives “Nimona” it’s seeming listlessness. The text isn’t heavy and allows for the art to really come through in telling the story. The text itself is simple and seems to only serve to guide you through the journey that Nimona and Lord Ballister go on. I find that the amount of text does not distract or tire the eyes like some other comics. Due to the density of the text, a reader should be able to read it in its entirety in two to four hours depending on how long one dwells and the number of interruptions. It took me closer to four hours when I read it for the first time four years ago and that was mostly because I was taking everything in about it.
“Nimona” struck quite a chord with me and I revisit it from time to time with new looks on what occurs every time. “Nimona” was a beautiful book that I just can’t help but love wholeheartedly and so much so that it’s a 5/5 in my book.
What about you guys? Have you read Nimona? What were your thoughts? Please no spoilers for those who plan to read it!
*Content Warning Descriptions:
What do my Content Warning categories mean?
Mild gore: Some depiction of internal structure of organisms resulting from physical violence. May have some detail.
Gore: graphic detail and depiction of internal structures of organisms.
Blood: depiction of blood whether through violence, accidents, or natural events (i.e. bloody noses, menstruation cycles)
Profanity: May also be known as cursing, swearing, and “bad words”
Sexual themes: Characters may use sexual innuendos and sexual events may be implied.
Sex: Depictions of characters engaing in sexual acts.
Partial nudity: Characters may be seen in undergarments at certain points
Nudity: Characters may be seen naked at certain points
Drugs: Characters may use or describe drugs that may or may not be fictional
Alcohol: Characters may use or describe alcoholic beverages that may or may not be fictional
Depictions of Violence: Characters may experience or use physical violence from or against others. This may be through melee combat or with weapons.
Death: Depiction of characters causing death or experiencing it. Death may result from violence, or other events.
Themes of Abuse: mental, emotional, physical or sexual abuse is implied, but not graphically depicted.
Depictions of Abuse: mental, emotional, physical or sexual abuse is depicted.