by Noelle Stevenson


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Indies Choice Book of the Year * National Book Award Finalist * New York Times Bestseller * New York Times Notable Book * Kirkus Best Book * School Library Journal Best Book * Publishers Weekly Best Book * NPR Best Book * New York Public Library Best Book * Chicago Public Library Best Book

The New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Kirkus says, “If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.”

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 has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the arrival of a “superstar” talent (

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062278227
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 11,373
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Noelle Stevenson is the award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator of Nimona and a cowriter of Lumberjanes. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a showrunner for the Netflix series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Visit her online at

Noelle Stevenson is the award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator of Nimona and a cowriter of Lumberjanes. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a showrunner for the Netflix series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Visit her online at

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Nimona 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
TheQuirkyBookNerd 11 months ago
This was my first experience with Noelle Stevenson’s work and I was completely blown away by her talent. Nimona started out as an award-winning, serialized web comic that was published as a full graphic novel; Stevenson does both the artwork and the writing for it. Given the theme of super villains, I knew right away that I was probably going to enjoy this story. I did not, however, expect to love it nearly as much as I did. The plot, the characters, the art—everything met and exceeded all of my expectations. I first discovered Noelle Stevenson and Nimona a few months ago through watching Booktube, and I am extremely glad that I did. Finding out that she writes and illustrates her own graphic novels was something that instantly intrigued me. I have always loved the idea of an author being able to do the artwork that corresponds with their text. That personal touch not only allows the illustrations to flow more seamlessly with the words, but it gives the most accurate possible depiction of what is going on in the author’s mind. This can be particularly captivating when it comes to this medium, as it relies so heavily on the visual aspect, and this was definitely true of this novel. The story itself has a perfect mixture of hilarious and heartwarming moments, and it is completely packed with witty humor. There was also a deepness and complexity to the plot that I was not originally expecting to get out of it. To me, this felt like a sort of caricature of the types of stories where the villains are not entirely evil and the supposed “good guys” are not truly the heroes. It stars the notorious, not so villainous super villain, Ballister Blackheart, and his reckless new shape-shifting sidekick, Nimona. Nimona’s main mission is to make Ballister into a better super villain so they can cause as much general destruction as possible. On the other hand, Ballister’s main goal is to prove that his friend turned nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics are far more corrupt than people realize. Ballister is, in fact, quite against creating havoc, and steadfastly refuses to hurt or kill anyone. Obviously, delightfully hysterical shenanigans ensue. All of the characters in this story are extremely interesting and wonderfully endearing. The relationship between Ballister and Nimona is lovely. She has sort of forced herself into the position of sidekick, and she does a lot of things that he does not always approve of. But they take care of one another, and you can see very clearly just how much they care about each other. Together, they make a great—and only moderately destructive—team. Ballister and Ambrosius’s relationship is beautiful and done to perfection. I really appreciated how Stevenson fluidly works their romance into the plot without making a huge fuss about it; it feels perfectly normal and accepted, as it should. The best part to me about reviewing a graphic novel is that I get to talk about the artwork, which, in this novel, was absolutely fantastic. The style was colorful and comical, fitting absolutely flawlessly with the themes in and tone of the plot. I loved the fact that she designed her work more like sketches, focusing less on having thorough detailing. The composition of the text itself had a very handwritten feel to it, and matched the overall style nicely. The entire graphic novel was solidly constructed as a whole, and made for an incredibly entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great fast read that will leave you chuckling to yourself. Its a graphic novel that is a great short side-book if you ever need a break from you main read. I will surely share this one with my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a unique story! The character are developed so greatly! Honestly after reading this I won't forget Noelle Stevenson any time soon. (Oh! the art is wonderful as well.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witty and well-timed, worth owning on every device
NicAwesomeOle More than 1 year ago
Lord Blackheart has been plotting. He’s the resident villain against the Institution and Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. And then Nimona shows up. And she won’t leave, to Blackheart’s consternation. She becomes his sidekick, and helps him realize things about his life he didn’t realize. And, because she’s a shapeshifter, she is too valuable as a sidekick for him to completely ignore. And, when they determine that good isn’t really good and that the ‘evil’ side may actually be more sinister, Nimona and Blackheart try to alert the world and save people—but the Institute wants to pin all of the bad things they are doing on Blackheart, and begin an intense media campaign. And it becomes clear that Nimona (or rather, her shapeshifting abilities) are a threat to the very fabric that holds the Institute together. Blackheart will need to choose—does he help his sidekick, Nimona, or does he try to save his old friend (and the one who chopped off his arm in a joust), Goldenloin? Originally this was a web comic, but this grew, thanks to having an awesome story and really fantastic way of pulling you into the story. I had a really hard time reconciling my interest in reading it, with the concept I didn’t want to finish it. I really loved the character development—Nimona was an easy love, but the development of Blackheart made me really feel for him, and think about the way things might have been. The good and bad were multifaceted. Noelle Stevenson is a talented person, and I would think ANYONE interested in a tale with good writing and cute graphics would be interested in this book. It is seriously 266 pages of amazing story, including (as promised by the back cover): Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! While I did get an ecopy of the book from the publisher, I am so happy I was able to snag a copy from a signing at a local Barnes and Noble, and I think you should pick up a copy from your favorite retailer. It is available in ebook, trade paperback and hardcover!
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Fell in love with Nimona right away, and appreciated her flaws along with her talents. I always like villians that can have multiple sides.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My absolute favorite graphic novel this year! So heartwarming and moving, and so so funny.
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Charming and full of heart, and deeper than it first appears
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
I love this. Nimona is this unapologetic, excited girl with totally unexplained superpowers. She's a shapeshifter, or a skin changer, or... well honestly who cares because Sir Blackheart's evil career needs some serious boosting and HERE COMES NIMONA. This graphic novel is a really well thought-out story about a girl who is lost, two old friends forced by the Institution to be enemies, and a system in power too busy entertaining its own ideas to worry about its people. There's deep sentiment and delightful silliness in the panels. I really enjoyed it. As a graphic novel, it's brief. The characters and world aren't really as well developed as in a novel. That said, for the little slice of life you get to see them, they're delightful. I certainly wish there were additional volumes, but Nimona is based on a webcomic. I love the characters' fears and struggles, and enjoyed trying to spot Nimona in various panels. Many of the best scenes were "filler" - moments where Nimona is complaining about sardines in pizza or hiding in Blackhart's cape from a scary movie. This was a great little book and a wholly recommend it. I don't typically pick up graphic novels, and this one is fantastic.
TheBookLife More than 1 year ago
A monstrous, shapeshifting, kick-ass supervillain story! "I can only hope I reached her in some small way. I can only hope that if she does come back, she'll know me for who I am. A friend." Absolutely LOVED Nimona!! The dialogue was funny, the characters were unique, and the storyline was engaging. Nimona, a shapeshifting sidekick to supervillain Lord Blackheart, does serious damage around the village to prove the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't so heroic. Noelle's "monster" story refines good vs bad and what it means to be a villain. The graphics are great, simple but full of life. Although I was hoping for a different ending, I'm glad it ended how it did. The Hardcover edition I bought comes with an extra Christmas special at the end. I really enjoyed that story, it was a look into the past at Blackhearts and Goldenloin's characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so good. Got me laughing and crying even if I finished it in one day. It's so amazing. No one would regret reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best fiction book EVER!!!!!!! I love this work. It is complete masterpiece.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
It was a long time ago that I read a graphic novel, like having my own physical copy of it, so having Nimona in my hands felt really great, I had been meaning to read it for a long time and one day I finally got the book. This book is everything you want, it has great graphics and the coloring is beautiful, it is also a very good story one that made tear up a little bit at the end and that also brought many laughs out of me. I highly recommend this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I could read it again for the first time!
PrincessicaOfBooks More than 1 year ago
Man, where do I begin? How about, sharks! Explosions! Science! Dragons! Destruction of various kitchen appliances! Did I get your attention yet? Do all of those interest you? Now think of them all to ether. Bam. Nimona is the graphic novel for you. I really, really enjoyed Nimona. Well, in fact, I love all of Noelle Stevenson’s work. Her art is so simplistic but truly amazing. Very detailed, included many shadows, contrasting, and just overall childish yet grownup feel to it. I love the variety of colors used throughout the book. I’m no artist or professional drawer so my opinion might not be worth much but I love her work. Such and eclectic cast of characters— from a villain who isn’t really a villain all the way to a scientist that has no idea (and frankly doesn’t care about) what’s happening outside his house. I really enjoye Blackheart’s character. Every character also had an amazing backstory that was developed throughout the story. And the concept! So original! A shapeshifter that can literally be anything alive, healed quickly, and was basically immortal. Awesome. Honestly, Nimona’s story was quite scary at times. Very dark and I enjoyed it a lot. This book was also hilarious! I found myself laughing out loud from just imagining Nimona doing some of the actions and saying some of the dialogue in real life. She is so laid back but also has a dark and serious side to her. I honestly had no idea what this book was truly about, but loved it nonetheless. Art is amazing, plot is original, character development is there, and just plain out hilarious and such a good read.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
A YA graphic novel has Nimona wanting to be the sidekick of the villain Lord Blackheart. She does the things sidekicks should but Blackheart thinks she goes too far. When Blackheart learns Nimona's secret, he tries to save everyone--good and bad. This is a good vs. evil story. However, things are not always what they appear on the surface. The good are not so heroic and the bad are not as villainous as the other side tries to make them appear. I liked Blackheart. He and the hero Goldenloin have a past. Eventually we find out what is it and it brings out questions. I liked Nimona. She's a teen but has a past that has made her wary of others. She is strong willed and feisty. I hope that she and Blackheart get what they each want in their own way--a place to belong and a friend.
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SunzaBanana More than 1 year ago
At first glance, this book seems like your average "Adventure book" but with the way Noelle uses the setting and her unique art form together is fantastic. The colors and the characters drag you into the story, and keeps you thinking of what happens next. An unusual twist to the "good guy bad guy" theme makes you question what comes next. Don't even get me started on the ending. Highly recommended for a quick read that will leave you wanting more.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Love the art style for this. Characters and story also good.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Ballister Blackheart is a villain. He doesn't necessarily like it, but there are only so many options available to professionally trained heroes after they lose an arm. Abrosius Goldenloin has always desperately wanted to be a hero. So much so that he sacrificed his friendship with Blackheart in pursuit of his goal. Nimona . . . well . . . no one is really sure what Nimona is or what she wants. Sometimes she's a shark. Sometimes she wants to wreak havoc and mayhem and leave a trail of bodies in her wake. Sometimes she's lonely and wants a friend. Blackheart wasn't looking for a sidekick when Nimona showed up at his hideout. Goldenloin never doubted the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics until his sworn enemy started asking the right questions. Together these unlikely allies and enemies might be able to bring down the Institution once and for all. But only if Nimona can control her powers and doesn't kill everyone first in Nimona (2015) by Noelle Stevenson. Nimona is Stevenson's first graphic novel, originally seen as a webcomic online. Nimona was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. This graphic novel is entertaining and readable although not ultimately groundbreaking in terms of plot. Stevenson includes a fair bit of diversity. Blackheart has a mechanical arm. Nimona is refreshingly curvy. And the background characters come in all shapes and colors. Unlike many graphic novels, Nimona also features a self-contained arc which makes parts of the ending feel a bit rushed. Although obviously appealing to teens, it's also interesting to see Nimona published for the YA market when none of the characters are actually teens. (Nimona chooses to present herself as a teenaged girl but, like most of the things Nimona shares about herself, it seems very possible that is just a facade.) Nimona is a lot of fun. Stevenson's artwork has a decided cartoon aesthetic that is complimented with snappy dialog and sight gags throughout the story. The one failing here is that the lettering for the dialog is extremely small. Stevenson blends a medieval setting with modern scientific technology to create a unique setting where she can create her own rules for the fantasy elements of the story. Nimona easily subverts the traditional archetypes for both heroes and villains throughout this story where nothing is ever quite as it seems. Possible Pairings: I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett, I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Vicious by V. E. Schwab