I bought this entirely on a whim. The synopsis sounded intriguing, and I've been trying to read more graphic novels. I breezed through this one in jusI bought this entirely on a whim. The synopsis sounded intriguing, and I've been trying to read more graphic novels. I breezed through this one in just over an hour.
So... will I continue on with the series? I'm honestly not sure.
I liked the art a lot, and the sci-fi world the story inhabits is fascinating. I LOVED Vita, and I'm totally on board with the Charlie/Vita ship. I also thought Charlie's character development, while still in its early stages, was compelling. I liked how natural and casual all the representation was, and I am really interested to find out who wants Charlie dead and why. (Though I am lowkey salty that we didn't get more answers on that front in this volume.)
However, it felt a little all over the place, and there were some sections that felt a bit difficult to follow. There's one character who I have a feeling becomes important in later volumes, but for this volume she just felt like she was kinda... there? (There were also a couple moments where Charlie was so phenomenally stupid, I was sort of like "if you get shot, it's on you.")
Overall, this was a pretty solid, action-packed read. If I stumble across Volume 2, I'll probably give it a read, but I'm not sure I'll go out of my way to buy it....more
If you like pain and sufferOh... my God. This book. This frickin' book.
If you like villains, read this book.
If you like shapeshifters, read this book.
If you like pain and suffering and crying, read this book. (You masochistic weirdo, you.)
Nimona is easily one of my favorite fantasy (anti)heroines, and the relationship between her and Lord Blackheart... I swear, it was made to cater to me specifically. Villain and their happy-go-lucky-sidekick? Found families? Friends that blow shit up together? BFFs that won't admit they're BFFs? This is all, to use the scientific term, my SHIT.
I knew within the first chapter that I was going to love this book. I mean, how can you NOT love a heroine who rolls up on the supervillain's lair and just says, "I'm your biggest fan, and I can turn into a shark. Hire me!"
And that ending...
Despite the tears, the comedy in this story is top-notch. As I said to my friend, "It reads like a D&D campaign." Simultaneously skewering and paying tribute to the usual fantasy tropes, this adventure is full of laughs and full of heart.
The characters are really what make this story so special. All three leads - Nimona, Blackheart, and Goldenloin - are far more complex than they first appear, and the relationships between all three feel genuine and real. Nimona in particular is one of the most layered heroines I've read in a long, long time - she's funny, bold, vulnerable, sympathetic, bloodthirsty, loving, and vengeful, all at the same time, and all without losing her spark. If you like your girls morally ambiguous and powerful, Nimona is the gal for you.
Nimona is an absolutely stellar book. Even if you're not normally into graphic novels, PLEASE give this a read. (And scream with me over the fact that we're GETTING A MOVIE NEXT YEAR! From BlueSky Animations, one of the few companies I actually trust with it!)...more