Nimona by Noelle StevensonNimona by Noelle Stevenson


byNoelle StevensonIllustratorNoelle Stevenson

Paperback | May 12, 2015

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Indies Choice Book of the Year * National Book Award Finalist * New York Times Bestseller * New York Times Notable Book * Kirkus Best Book * School Library Journal Best Book * Publishers Weekly Best Book * NPR Best Book * New York Public Library Best Book * Chicago Public Library Best Book

The New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Kirkus says, “If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.”

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 the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the arrival of a “superstar” talent (

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.

Noelle Stevenson has been nominated for a Harvey Award and was awarded theSlateCartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic in 2012 forNimona. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Noelle is the cowriter ofLumberjanes. She lives in Los Angeles.
Title:NimonaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.66 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062278223

ISBN - 13:9780062278227


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and Amazing! "I use to have some henchmen. Game night was a hit." This is such an extraordinary graphic novel! It is hilarious merge of medieval fantasy and contemporary and superheroes and contemporary references and plenty of snark. I want more! 4.5
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and Amazing! "I use to have some henchmen. Game night was a hit." This is such an extraordinary graphic novel! It is hilarious merge of medieval fantasy and contemporary and superheroes and contemporary references and plenty of snark. I want more! 4.5
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and amazing!! "I use to have some henchmen. Game night was a hit." This is such an extraordinary graphic novel! It is hilarious merge of medieval fantasy and contemporary and superheroes and contemporary references and plenty of snark. I want more! 4.5
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love nimona i thought this was such a great graphic novel, i loved the colors and the way it was drawn and the plot was super entertaining and funny too
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I loved it so much. I never get tired of it. it is my go to re-read.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD I heard good things about Nimona for ages so when I finally got around to buying it/reading I was not disappointed. Awesome graphic novel!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved it super cute graphic novel, and i've definityl read this more than a couple of times.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Imaginative! This story is just fantastic every time I go back to it. I love almost every character in it, and their dynamics and arcs are just so touching to watch. The art of Noelle Stevenson is so pleasant to look at and so lively in a comic setting like this one. The fantasy elements are super well expressed and very fun to see throughout the story. Can't recommend it enough.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite graphic novel I love everything about this graphic novel. The characters, the story-telling, the artwork. It was amazing!
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Great characters. Amazing storyline. Great artwork.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute Art style is amazing and so is the story line. The ending really hits you (especially if you finish reading the book at 3am while reading in bed with a flashlight, I cried ;-;)
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favourite! One of my favourite graphic novels I have read! Full of humour, adventures, and kick-butt characters! SO fun to read and I want more of Nimona ASAP
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An instant classic that gives you more, the more you read it. Yes, the paperback is cheaper, but I can see this outstanding feminist fantasy/action/adventure story becoming a "family book" read to grandkid(s) so - heck: just invest in the hardcover. You're going to re-read it multiple times, let alone to any future generations. The more I (and my kid) re-read Nimona, the more I'm awed by the watertight construction and pacing of the story, the authenticity and vitality of the characters, and the sheer fun and longevity of the emotional experience. Nimona is progressive, warm-hearted and profound. It's also eye candy. Buy a copy. Buy copies for family and friends. Especially because the (animated) film's slated for a 2020 release, and you'll want to have enjoyed the book firsthand before being swept up by the film.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought this an extremely long time ago but never read it until now. That is something I extremely regret. The book showed interesting concepts and an amazing way of representing it. The pictures for the comics along side it go hand in hand with the story perfectly. I really enjoyed this and I would recommend this book to you.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a gem This was so fun and unexpected!
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do it! Yes, do it! Buy it, read it, share it. I've lent my copy out to a lot of people and not one of them didn't like it from a 14-year old girl to a 33-year old graphic novel hater. The story is endearing, relatable, and adorably illustrated. If you're waffling at all, just give it a try.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This surprised me so much in a such a good way! I wasn't sure what I was expecting going into this, but I was pleasantly surprised. Wish there was a second one though.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book! I didn't know what to expect going into this book, but i was blown away! I read it in one sitting, I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I've owned this graphic novel for over a year now, and I finally picked it up. I'm so glad I did, because it's not what I was expecting at all, in the best way possible.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Refreshing Fun Read! Picked it up and couldn't put it down, there was actually times I laughed out loud!! This is a book I will be recommending!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Villians are taking over the graphic novels. I am so happy to finally read Nimona. I laughed and really enjoy this graphic novel more than I realize when I picked it up. I thought the graphic were fantastic. the pace of the book was great and the characters are fun. This book is easy to read and get imerse with the world.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Graphic Novels Ideal for book clubs and young adults
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was amazing! Honestly this was great. Hilarious and sweet. I love the relationship between Nimona and Blackheart. The art is also great, I love her style! Read it all in one go.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Wonderful graphic novel, couldn't put it down. Very funny and the artwork is wonderful. Hoping for a number 2!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved it! This is honestly one of my absolute favourite graphic novels! The palette used is so bright and colourful, and the drawing style is very fitting (I'm not sure how to explain the style exactly but if you do see it you can tell that it fits). Each individual character in my opinion is very well developed and you get comfortable and care for them as you continue to read. They each have an in depth background and actually seem like real live people. I especially loved the relationships that happened throughout the book as each character interacts with one another and build connections. (also the two main guy characters are TOTALLY gay for each other it's so obvious honestly). In regards to characters I also really like how you could assign each character a stereotype and even though the characters show some of these stereotypical characteristics, Stevenson still has the characters go outside of these boxes and almost "mocks" these archetypes in a humorous way. The plot of this story isn't quite complicated and rather then having one large event that carries all the way throughout the narrative, this story has small events that LEAD UP to the big event. This was originally an online graphic novel, so it's understandable if Stevenson purposefully wrote it this way. It really keeps the reader on their toes and at the edge of their seat and with this kind of plot with these types of characters it really benefited the story overall. And even still the story has lots of small jokes and a ton of humour that helped with characterization. Absolutely fantastic read! I recommend to anyone who has time to spare and wants a nice laugh with great characters!
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really great i was reading this since it was a webcomic, and did not regret buying this beautiful edition.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Graphic Novel Converted Me This was the very first graphic novel I ever read - I'd been wary of trying them out for a long time but I'm so glad that I did! Noelle's art is gorgeous and colourful, and the story is fantastic. Adventure, fantasy, romance and friendship - what more could you want in a great story?
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very funny A humourous take on good vs evil fantasy tropes.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If I am the first person to recommend NIMONA to you, drop whatever you’re doing and check it out Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy: If I am the first person to recommend NIMONA to you, drop whatever you’re doing and check out the three first chapters, available as an excerpt. If you don’t fall in love with Nimona and Lord Ballister Blackheart, there is possibly something terribly wrong with you - or your sense of humour. This graphic novel features a strange mix of tech and fantasy I found automatically endearing. Dueling knights and dragons share the pages with supercomputers and scientists, and it works so well that you don’t even blink when these aspects mix. Nimona’s strange powers seem purely magical, but it’s a scientist who comes closest to understanding her - or at least containing her. Although the book is named after Nimona, the red-headed, hot-headed shapeshifter, the true hero for me was Lord Ballister Blackheart, a villain with a strict moral code. He used to be one of the good guys, until he was betrayed and made to be a scapegoat for the secretly sinister Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. It cost him his arm, but it also cost him his best friend. He is truly horrified when Nimona’s antics cause someone’s death during one of their disruptive attacks; this isn’t how he operates, and although he is a villain, it’s not how he “does things”. Nimona, on the other hand, has morals as shifty as her shape. It has enough action and humour to appeal to younger teens, and becomes emotionally charged enough to appeal to older readers. As Nimona’s mysterious origins and powers start to create more problems for the Institution and for Lord Blackheart, readers become more conflicted about the morality of the various characters. By the end, it’s almost deliciously heart breaking. For a book with a truly sharp, unique illustration style and characters that will stay with you long after you’ve reread the epilogue, get your hands on NIMONA. I have yet to find someone who didn’t adore it, regardless of age.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original Fantasy An utterly original fantasy story. Some good twists and a character named Abrosius Goldenloin. What's not to love?
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Very fun and modern series. Characters get a lot of development and the story goes in unexpected directions.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was my first graphic novel, and it was quite amazing! The story was enjoyable and the art work was beautiful.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this! I can't believe how good this was! Totally not expecting something so great. Definitely buy this book so you can reread it because it deserves so much.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! Got this as a gift. It was a joyride through and through. Utterly delightful.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Got me into comics I was familiar with Noelle's work on tumblr and twitter and had seen Nimona around before when it was too expensive to buy. My friend loaned me her copy and I read the entire thing in one sitting and got a pretty bad sunburn but it was worth it!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful I love the world-building and how it deepens the plot of the story. The characters are as charming as the art style and as quirky as a shapeshifting young lady can be. The love story is cute as well
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Nimona is good read with an interesting plot, setting, and characters. It's worth checking out.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read Nimona has an interesting story, setting, and characters. It's worth checking out.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! This is a great graphic novel to spend an hour or two reading. Its smart, funny and just a little bit sad. The art style might not be for everyone but I really liked it. I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! One of the most charming and exciting comics I've ever read!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Moving So great, it was cute, beautiful, and funny!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This book was incredible! I loved every second of it and it was beutifully drawn. Nimona is a great story and I fell in love with the characters!!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This book was incredible! I loved every second of it and it was beutifully drawn. Nimona is a great story and I fell in love with the characters!!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I don't know how to feel about this The art was cute and I really liked the characters but the direction of the story wasn't what I thought it would be like. Plot wise it was kind of weak but I really liked the characters so it made up for that. Plus the word bubbles and the words itself were hard to read... And why is this called Nimona, I feel like this should've been named after Ballister Blackheart...but whatever.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED THIS BOOK I bought this book at Coles and I couldn't put it down!!! I love this story so much and the art is amazing!! It now resides on my favourites shelf
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Adorable graphic novel with unexpected turns and relationships! One of my favourites!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Not the best graphic novel I've read, but very enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive I read this series online and could barely wait for the updates. Even better having in one volume. Great story with awesome characters and some clever twists.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and Great Art I love the art style, and the story is cute, humorous and very moving, more so than any other graphic novel I have read that was targeted at a younger audience. A lovely read.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, funny, original Nimona is delightful. The art is good and the story is unique. It isn't 100% my sense of humour but I still found it funny and enjoyed reading it a lot.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Love the illustrations and adventure- great humour too!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Gift My friend usually does not like completing the book, so i decided to purchase a graphic novel. She managed to finish the book within the day and enjoyed it so much. I was glad that she loved it and I am going to purchase the book for myself.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! Noelle Stevenson is someone that can do no wrong, graphic novel wise. I absolutely love her series Lumberjanes, and Nimona is certainly no different. Nimona is a steampunk, medieval, modern times mash-up story of good vs. evil; of government control; and of the meaning of true family and friendship. It is smart, hilarious, and punches you right in the feels. It’s sarcastic but serious and Stevenson has great skill creating a story that draws the reader in and keeps them interested until the very last page. Even the ending, which can be considered a cliff-hanger, is satisfying. The reader is not left wanting to know what happens next, but is happy and satisfied with imagining where characters’ lives may go. At times, I was busting out laughing. Stevenson has a knack for just slipping something funny in (i.e. watch for characters’ names) and it catches you off guard. Overall, it was a surprising and refreshing story, which has so many different ways of reading it, that everyone will walk away with something different.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you like Adventure Time you'll love this! I loved this book I want more and more it has a bit of an adventure time feel to it but of course has it's own identity. It's my type of humor and actually laughed through lots of it. I also really like how she changed her hair halfway through it just gave me a realistic vibe.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !Go Nimona I had read parts of Nimona when it was still a webcomic, so I was very excited to read the whole story in book format. I really enjoyed it! Nimona is such a spunky character, it's hard not to fall in love with her immediately. Plus, the drawings are so cute and unique! The ending really surprised me, but I enjoyed it anyways.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Do it A beautiful collection of this unexpected tale where people are not quite what they seem. Noelle is brilliant.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nimona rocks! This was the first graphic novel that I read from cover to cover. I absolutely loved it and I found the characters to be so adorable. There were lots of small hidden jokes here and there, making me laugh out loud along the way. I'd definitely recommend this book! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives Up to the Hype Fun, funny, and exciting.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best things I've read this year I loved this book so much. Fabulous story, great art. Nimona and Blackheart are the most likable 'evil' characters you're going to find.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A spunky good time! One of the most charming reads I've read this year so far, "Nimona" is a bundle of joy, excitement, and nerves. Noelle Stevenson has created some memorable characters in Nimona, who is this spunky and energized shapeshifter with much of a backstory that will surprise you, in Lord Ballister Blackheart, Nimona's reluctant mentor in villainy who becomes this endearing figure you look up to, and Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, with that name alone proves to be the radiating point of most wacky humour. There are a few little bones I could pick about "Nimona" (inconsistent typography, uneven climax) but the illustrations stood out for me. I love the crisp silhouettes and facial features of the characters, reminding me a lot of the drawings by Kate Beaton and of animated cartoons like Adventure Time. The visual presentation and the quirkiness of this enchanting story will translate well to the big screen, and of course this has been noted by studios with the recent news that "Nimona" has been picked up by Fox Animation. This is excellent news - more people need to read this graphic novel (if they haven't already)!
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MIND BLOWN this book was probably the best book i have ever read. The illustations were absolutley epic! i love it ~
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to get into, but much better towards the end The first four chapters of this graphic novel made me want to put the book down and never pick it up again. It felt childish and just too "over the top" and I really struggled with it. So I put it down and thought I'd never again pick it up. But then I decided to push through after hearing a review that it would get better after the initial chapters. And I am happy to say that it did get a lot better and it really developed into a deep and interesting story. It was fast to read, and the characters had a lot of depth despite my initial feeling that they were just completely crazy. The plot was surprising and it was fun to read from the so called villains POV and learning that everything is not always as it seems. Reading this novel also kind of made me want to turn my own novel into a graphic novel, and I might have given it a try had I been able to draw. So I do recommend this as a read for those interested in graphic novels. For those, like me, who are completely new to the whole graphic novel-comic book thing, I do however recommend starting with something else.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life This graphic novel is everything. The humour and wit just add to a really brilliant story. I love Nimona and her character arc. The way it was developed was phenomenal. This book made me realize that I really don't read much antihero stories. Nimona's boss, Blackheart is the villain, except he is way to moral to actually pull of being a bad villain. I loved that part. And his relationship/history with Sir Goldenloin kept hinting and the hints made me super excited. I am so hoping that there is more Nimona to come in the future. There is so much more that can be explored with these characters and world.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun with dragons. A fun, quirky read that threatens to break the fourth wall at the start. It presents some moral conundrums, but in that predictable way that teen literature can.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a shark! I've read Nimona online where it originated and I can promise that you won't be disappointed. It's funny, witty, and puts an intriguing, entertaining spin on the good-evil go-to between arch nemeses. Nimona is a lovable character, and you just don't know what to expect next of the sidekick and supervillain team (nor what Sir Goldenloin has up his sleeve). The art is colourful and well done, Stevenson's style is super unique and fun. The book is just as fabulous in print as it is as a webcomic, and anybody can and will enjoy it!
Date published: 2015-05-12

Editorial Reviews

“Those of you who haven’t read Nimona yet are lucky, because you can buy the fantasy comic in book form instead of waiting for Noelle to post an update twice a week. Seriously, that wait was always excruciating.”