2021 Graphic Novel Review Adventure Fantasy Graphic Novel Review


Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.


Nimona was an absolutely amazing graphic novel. It was funny and entertaining and I couldn’t ask for more. Everything from the humor to the art style was perfect. One thing I really liked about the story is its setting. I loved how the society was still in a medieval cultural spot, but was still futuristic and had a lot of modern science. It reminded me of the one planet in the book Once and Future (which takes place far in the future) that still tried to keep chivalrous knights and eating turkey legs alive while still being a part of a world of science and technology. This went really well with how the story showed they dealt with issues that are relevant today, but also happened in the past. This also really went well with showing how certain issues still haven’t been resolved in our advancing society when they were the same issues in a past where people had some questionable ideas that we’ve moved past.


Ballister Blackheart was definitely my favorite character. His relationship with Nimona was amazing to read. It was fun to read how they would interact with each other, and how they made each other react to other things. Seeing their trust in each other grow was heartwarming and I really wish there was more to this graphic novel so I could read more about them. I honestly don’t have a least favorite character. Everyone contributed to the plot in an interesting way and even if they were considered the bad guy, everyone had a motive. The head of the “Institution” wasn’t just some mindless bad guy there to create problems, but was someone with a hinted tragic past. I wish I could read more about them to find out if they really had a tragic past or if I’m just reading too much into it.


In the end, Nimona was a great graphic novel that I enjoyed every minuted of reading it. The story and setting was really creative and had me completely absorbed from the first page. If you’re looking for a fun, captivating graphic novel, this is for you.

Cover Art:

This amazing cover art and the illustrations in the novel are by Noelle Stevenson!

Let’s Talk:
  • Have you read Nimona?
    • If so, did you like it?
  • Have you read any other books/graphic novels that are set in a futuristic medieval time?
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