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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  132,577 ratings  ·  13,534 reviews
The graphic novel debut from rising star ND Stevenson, based on his beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it "a deadpan epic."

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
Kindle Edition, HarperTeen, 272 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Harper Collins
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was so great! I love Noelle Stevenson's writing & art style. Can she just write a million more graphic novels please? ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I loved the strong, unique characters, the plot, the humor, the art, and everything else!
Emily May
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notorious villain - Ballister Blackheart - gets a new sidekick to help him wreak havoc, obtain vengeance, and fight the Institution. But his new sidekick - Nimona - is a shapeshifter with a mysterious past and a mind of her own. Plus, he also has a love/hate relationship with his friend-turned-nemesis - Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin.

Heroes & villains, science & magic, bloody battles & so many giggles...

Well, I enjoyed it ;)

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Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm always willing to pick up an Indie comic, especially one written by a name I recognize. This one did not disappoint.

It's funny at times, sweet at times, pleasantly subversive without being heavy-handed or preachy.

I'm reading through it with my little boy right now, and he's enjoying it too....

Sean Gibson
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.8 Stars

Warning: Spoilers and mawkish sentiment ahead, and very few jokes (though that will be a relief to most of you).

At first blush, Nimona is the tale of a precocious but powerful girl’s quest to apprentice herself to the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart as he fights the forces of good and justice, led by the spectacularly appellated (yes, I just verbed “appellation” with it) Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. As our tale begins, we learn that Nimona is a shapeshifter and can take the fo
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This review contains *spoilers*.

I’ve been meaning to read this graphic novel for a few months now and I’m really happy that I finally did.
It had me hooked right from the beginning and wouldn’t let go till the end. I loved it!

This story follows Nimona, a shapeshifter, and Ballister Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta.
They are partnering up as sidekick and supervillain, and are about to wreak some serious havoc.
Their main mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddi
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Lord Ballister Blackheart is a dastardly villain. Well, not really. He could be with the right little push.
Enter Nimona!

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Nimona shows up one day and announces that she is now his side kick. She has some kick ass powers of shape-shifting. She can turn into any living thing. Even other human forms. The only form she can't take is something inanimate.

Nimona is primed to help Blackheart be the best super villain ever. If he would let her. She is ready to kill some people including the king. Hey,
Miranda Reads
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

“You can't just go round murdering people. There are rules, Nimona.”
Nimona, a wild young shapeshifter, finds a new talent... when it comes to being evil.
“In the would you feel about robbing a bank? "

"Positively! I feel positively about robbing a bank!"
She teams up with Lord Ballister Blackheart - the villain who is trying to take down the local Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.

Blackheart is sure that the Institute is up to something and with Nimona by
Caz (littlebookowl)
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This was so much fun!
Loved the humour and the characters!
If other people need something besides a shapeshifting protagonist with an attitude problem, villain/sidekick best friendship, villain/hero forbidden romance, and cute art, then that's cool.

But I am not other people.

Bottom line: This book is too good for its...own good?


rereading a book i 5-starred in 2016 because i like to live dangerously.

update: maybe not a 5 star...but both nimona and 2016 me made some points.

review to come / 4 stars


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Kristina Horner
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Lord Blackheart was such a great, complex character, and Nimona was a star. Goldenloin was everything. I loved it. Re-reading immediately. Lending it to everyone I know.
♛ may
Reasons Why This Graphic Novel is the Best

1. Nimona
This girl is my favourite thing in the entire world and if I could just get a book based solely off her adventures I’d be content for the rest of my life

2. Humour

3. Blackheart
Do not be fooled by his title of “villain,” Blackheart is a marshmallow and the Dad Friend.

4. Villains !!!
Is there any explanation needed, we all love a bunch of good anti-heroes

5. Action
This graphic novel was action packed and honest
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Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sequential-art, 2019
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Whitney Atkinson
That ending has me so confused but the art style of this is great and the humor was totally up my alley! But Nimona was definitely not the character I was expecting her to be, and that was kinda upsetting.
I originally didn't plan on reading Nimona. I did not know about its history as a webcomic before sitting down to read it, and didn't know what to expect beyond the hype. But when I got it in a subscription box, I thought I'd give it a go. Ultimately, as per usual, the hype did the story a disservice.

I was actually surprised by how "meh" I felt about this story. First of all, I don't care for Noelle Stevenson's art style. Although I don't judge a graphic novel completely on its art style, it doe
Steph Sinclair
Loved! Adorable characters with just the right amount of snark. I approve! Review to come.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I want to say, hands down, this book is amazing! Full of adventure, humor, awesome characters, giggle-inducing names, and plot twists -- “Nimona” is a beautiful mash-up of science fiction and fantasy. The story may follow the "villains”, but you will surely be rooting for them more and more with each turn of the page.

This is a fun, quick read with a lot of heart: featuring a villain who likes to play by the rules; his spunky sidekick who, well… doesn't; their "good-guy" arch-nemesis; and an orga
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

Fantastic! Definitely a book that lived up to the hype.
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"You can't just go around murdering people. There are rules, Nimona!"


Nimona was such a fluffy yet meaningful read. It proves as a light escape from reality and into the world of dragons, heroic laws, good villains, broken doors and mostly SHARKS!!! I loved the art-style and the use of so many literary devices within the words and graphics that allowed the story to fly off the pages and straight into my heart.

The Story
This was nowhere near what I expected it to be. I was so

I couldn't put this down. Besides the art being gorgeous and the colors being mesmerizing, the story itself was so compelling. It's an instant recommendation for anyone who enjoys graphic novels.

Ballister Blackheart is a super villain and Nimona is a shapshifter who wants to be his evil sidekick. Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin (yes, the name is great) is the hero, works for the law enforcement of this story, and is Ballister's arch-enemy! These three characters weave this amazing tale that makes the
[4.5 🌟]

This one honestly one of the best audiobook experiences I’ve had. I’ve missed out on seeing the art style, but the production for this was so flawless, I could picture the whole story perfectly.

Such a delight!
This was very good but it made me sad. :( So I can't give it five stars. I was too sad.

Lord Blackheart is a "villain." But actually not. He's a good guy who never wants anyone to die and is actually only fighting against the evil Institution which rules this land. He acts like an old grumpy man and is obsessed with science.

One day an energetic young woman (15? ish?) shows up. She is a very powerful shapeshifter and she wants to help Blackheart take down the Institution.



- Nimona is
✨Brithanie Faith✨
I can't believe I waited so long to read this! 💗
Nimona just turned my bad day around! 💗
Side note: I want to be a shark! 😂
Kai Spellmeier

This was great fun. I loved it from start to finish. Lovely characters, amazing plot, hilarious situations and super cool art. I want more Nimona please. Maybe a sequel or three.

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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

So this is definitely one of the cutest graphic novels I've read in 2017.

I first want to highlight how great of a character Nimona is. I mean, just look at her. She's a big girl. Shaved head. Piercings. Oh, and she's a fucking shapeshifter.

She's a badass with an attitude & an unshakable desire to be an evil sidekick. I mean, I'm not sure what else you could want in a main character?

Anyway, Nimona herself is definitely one of the high points in this comic & I love how h
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Paige
3.5 stars. All I do is reading graphic novels and drinking tea these days. I’m pretty sure some shape-shifter took possession of me, wrote all these evil plans to take over the world

(wow, they’re specific)

changed my coffee into water sorry, tea and forgot to turn off the TV. Is that a zombie I’m seeing ? Gosh. Ridiculous.

All that’s missing is a morally ambiguous supervillain (yes, I know how stupid that sounds, but bear with me, ‘kay ?) seeking revenge against a dystopian-like organization and
I don't really get what the fuss is all about. It is so utterly average and amateur. Underdeveloped plot and characters (if I am not mistaken, this story ONLY has 4 recognizable characters). The art is so-so too. It reads like something created by one person with no editorial or creative input. Which it is I guess. ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nimona sticker!:

At first shift, Nimona is the story of a skilled, yet impulsive, villain side kick and her ornery master, Ballister Blackheart. I was expecting the classic mentor-mentee relationship ala Batman and Robin, but I was pleasantly surprised that it's way more than that. Let's just say it's more like Batman and Joker.Together, they do whatever it is villainous duos do, create chaos and mayhem, and work on fulfilling personal vendettas against the Institution and their #1 hero Sir Goldenlion.

Though I a
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5 Stars] This one was super cute and even made me a bit emotional! Definitely a fantastic read!
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ND Stevenson (he/him) is a comic artist and freelance illustrator residing in Los Angeles, California. He published the young adult graphic novel Nimona in 2015, which is also serialized online. Stevenson has been nominated for a Harvey Award, and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Webcomic in 2012. ND is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and has done publishe ...more

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