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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062278234
Branch Call Number: YG NIMON
Characteristics: 266 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm


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Nimona is a shape shifting teenager who befriends the local supervillian, Lord Ballister Blackheart, and becomes his sidekick. Together they fight to expose Sir Ambrose Goldenloin as the not-so-good guy that he is.

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Apr 26, 2021

Noelle Stevenson is best known for being the creator of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix, but Nimona is their graphic novel written far before that show was ever in motion. I got my hands on a copy in middle school and it’s now well worn and thoroughly read. The art style is whimsical, the use of color really great, and the humor can make pretty much anyone chuckle. Nimona was originally a webcomic, but if that makes you want to turn away, you should definitely give it a try anyways. Especially if you’re a fan of Lumberjanes, the comic that Stevenson worked on after the completion of Nimona.

Apr 16, 2021

Nimona was a fantastic read. I read it with my college prep class and it was wonderful to see peoples' reactions to the ambiguous ending. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates internet culture, funny sidekicks, or adventurous tales. 9/10

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KCLS_JessicaML Mar 10, 2021

By teen reviewer Ryan, Issaquah Library:
Nimona is my all-time favorite graphic novel. Noelle Stevenson (author of Lumberjanes and creator of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power) seamlessly weaves together a story of friendship, love, and trauma so beautifully that it draws in anybody who gets their hands on it.

The story begins with an almost cartoon-like lightness. The villain Ballister Blackheart gains a new and unexpected shapeshifter sidekick: Nimona. They do was anyone would expect of a villain duo and wreak havoc in the kingdom, all while fighting off the heroic knight Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. But as the story continues and more is revealed about Nimona’s and Blackheart’s pasts, the reader comes to discover the characters’ deeper emotions and inner turmoils.

Stevenson’s ability to pull the reader into her world of sci-fi fantasy with an incredible plot is astounding. Nimona explores themes that make people think. Partnerships that can turn into deep, caring friendships; how miscommunication can destroy lives; and most importantly, that not every hero is perfect, and not every villain is evil. Goldenloin and Blackheart run in circles around each other constantly until they learn to communicate and begin to learn more about their own pasts and what really went on behind the scenes.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone searching for a good read. Stevenson’s writing and illustrations are not only interesting, but they also have the amazing tendency to ensnare the reader into a land of pure magic.

Jan 25, 2021

This is SUCH a good novel. I really love the art style!

May 11, 2020

This is actually one of my favorite graphic novels. It’s funny, irreverent, and puts a whole new spin on the fantasy Good vs Evil genre. The art is adorable and there are several just truly breath-taking, emotional scenes that’ll make you sniffle. Such an amazing book.

Apr 14, 2020

Funny, mildly touching, and great storytelling overall.

Noelle Stevenson is known in my household as the writer/creator of Lumberjanes and the creator/show-runner of the new She-Ra series on Netflix, although we were not aware of her involvement with the latter until well after show viewing. Nimona predates both of these, created at Stevenson's ripe old age of her early 20's. It shows off Stevenson's storytelling prowess and talent at producing emotional beats. The artwork is not superb, but it is adequate, and particularly effective in emphasizing emotions through body posture (especially the hunched-over, arms hung limply mode of dejection). There is some great comedic timing also ("I'm a shark!"). My then-8-year-old daughter read it before I did, more than once, and thought it was terrific.

Mar 03, 2020

Nimona started great with the comedic aspect and villainous viewpoint. Blackheart and Goldenlion are the true leads of the book. I love how the author is teasing the relationship between the two characters but not acknowledging it since to cater to younger audiences.

The ending however is melodramatic (I love the evil dragon scene though haha)

Anyway if you want an easy read and fun to read book, I recommend Nimona.

ArapahoeTiegan Nov 08, 2019

Nimona - I love her. I actually laughed out loud throughout this graphic novel. I do hope more Nimona novels come someday, because what amazing characters!

Oct 07, 2019

What starts out as a seemingly light-hearted, witty camaraderie story about villains and sidekicks soon turns into a darker and more action-packed science-fantasy tale! This was a great comic filled with everything needed to keep things fresh and interesting. I loved the character dynamics and seeing everyone evolve and mature during the course of the story. The humor was great, and the adorable artwork was an absolute plus. This is one book I wish I could forget, just so I can experience it all over again. SPOILER: the ending might not wrap things up as tightly as some may want, but it is still a lovely ending in my opinion.

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IndyPL_ShainaS Feb 18, 2019

I'm not a kid. I'M A SHARK!!

IndyPL_ShainaS Feb 18, 2019

You can't just go round murdering people. There are rules, Nimona.

Laura_X Jul 27, 2015

What do you mean there are rules? Why would you follow the rules? Isn't that the whole point of being a villain? That you don't follow the rules?

Jul 23, 2015

Blackheart: I can't have some kid following me around all day.
Nimona: I'm not a kid.
Nimona: I'm a SHARK!


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Aug 09, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Yes

Aug 09, 2018

Violence: A bit

Aug 09, 2018

Coarse Language: Swearing!


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Oct 07, 2019

Ever since Lord Ballister was in freak incident that left him disgraced and with a mechanical hand, he swore vengeance on Lord Goldenstein, his former best friend (now rival) who caused the incident. Ballister has since taken on the role of the kingdom villain, and spends his time committing petty crimes. But everything changes when the rambunctious Nimona shows up to his lair and declares herself his sidekick. She’s reckless and unafraid to kill, a drastic departure from Ballister’s more gentlemanly way of villainy. But she also has mysterious shape-shifting powers that come in handy! Together Ballister and Nimona stumble upon a dark conspiracy hiding right within the kingdom, and vow to take out the real bad guys. But Nimona’s past holds a dark secret, one that may affect the entire kingdom...

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