by Noelle Stevenson
An endearing and adventurous comic that will keep you on your toes, Nimona is a beautifully illustrated comic written by none other than Noelle Stevenson. While flipping through pages filled with divine artwork, you will find yourself in a world filled with a bit of everything; from mad science to noble knights, flea markets to hidden organizations, you are bound to find something you like.
Nimona, a bright, mischievous shapeshifter, manages to secure the title of ‘Sidekick’ for her hero, the infamous Ballister Blackheart. As she helps with his evil planning – though sometimes messes with things more than actually helping – both characters find themselves in situations which force them to question their morals, push boundaries, and face what they’ve been putting off.
The pages take you through the adventures of Blackheart and Nimona as they work to take down an evil organization, the ‘Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics’. Blackheart’s plans are constantly foiled by his ex-lover, now nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin.
But when our 2 main protagonists get into a fight, one of Nimona’s darkest secrets is revealed; she had lied.
Nimona is an entertaining, humourous and overall, enjoyable comic. It displays the difficulty of relationships (whether that be with friends or others), the uncertainty between right and wrong, and the hardships we as people face every day. It was created for a young audience, though I believe everyone can thoroughly enjoy it. It sheds a positive light on queer relationships, not making it seem foreign and alien. This touching piece of work has won the Eisner Award, a Cybils Award, and a Cartoonist Studio Prize, as well as becoming a New York Times bestseller.
A comic where the magical world is unexplained, creating a dreamy feeling where anything is possible.
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