Nimona (英語) ハードカバー – 2015/5/12
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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 * A Spring 2015 Indie Next List Pick
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 (NPR.org).
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 a knack for capturing the humor and heart in a situation in just a few panels.” (Rainbow Rowell, New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor and Park)
“If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Sharp visuals, a nifty amalgam of fantasy and science fiction elements, and relationships drawn with complexity, wit, and depth create a world worth returning to again and again.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“At its core, Nimona is a story of rescue. Each of the main characters rescue allies, friendships, the Kingdom, and ultimately, themselves… A vibrant solo work.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“[Stevenson’s] voice is clear and precise, her drawings confident, her use of color growing in depth and assurance as the story progresses.” (New York Times)
“Nimona…is beautifully flawed and refreshingly unstereotypical in a book that is both darkly witty and surprisingly touching. And Nimona is a protagonist to both love and fear.” (The Horn Book)
“Over the course of the collected Nimona, it’s possible to watch artist Noelle Stevenson blossom from a student to a superstar.” (NPR.org)
“Nimona, with all her flaws, breaks away completely from what women are allowed to be in popular fiction.” (Vanity Fair)
“Graphic novel fans will finish the book in a gallop and then want to start right back at the first page.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))
“Awesome and adorable.” (Ryan North, author of Dinosaur Comics)
“Funny and vibrant, with wonderful energy in Stevenson’s illustrations and a wicked wit in her storytelling.” (Slate)
“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.” (Bustle.com)
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I thoroughly recommend getting a copy of this book since it's no longer online to read. It's a full story with extra pages that weren't published online. The art is gorgeous and the cover is amazing. It's a great deal for the price.
The story starts with the kingdom's most infamous villain getting a super-powered sidekick. Except that he never requested one, and no one is really sure where she came from. I don't want to spoil too much since it's a short story when read cover to cover. If you're a fan of strong (in the physical sense) female antiheros then this is the comic for you.
Noelle Stevenson's Nimona started out as an art school experiment, turned into a webcomic and after wild success, was published in the summer of 2015 and now finds itself as a finalist for the National Book Award. It's not hard to see why. Set in a strange kingdom that is one part medieval realm, one part high tech society and one part dystopian nightmare, Ms. Stevenson effortlessly mixes these disparate genres into an oddly familiar world that is full of contradictions and surprises.
As a parent of a elementary school children and an adult who grew up in the 90s, graphic novels have generally been outside my orbit. Nimona caught my attention though. Featuring a tough, stocky girl, sprouting dragons wings, Nimona is a refreshing hero. Nimona appears out of nowhere in the lair of Supervillain Ballister Blackheart. A teenage girl clearly on her own, Nimona aspires to be Blackheart's sidekick and longs to help Blackheart battle Hero Ambrosius Goldenloin and the shadowy Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics that Goldenloin serves. At first Blackheart is dismissive, but when he discovers Nimona is powerful shapeshifter he decides to take a chance and employs her. What develops is a tale where the heroes aren't necessarily to good guys, the villains are not necessarily the bad, and a teenaged girl who likes pizza, soda, and zombie movies is also a powerful, frightening shapeshifter who is both impulsive and violent, but also loyal and brave.
While the story is full of exciting scenes where Nimona and Blackheart break into the bank, blow up part of the Institute and fight both Goldenloin and the Institute guards, the meat of the story is in its relationships. A man of science, Blackheart's very beliefs are challenged by Nimona, a very powerful magical being, While Nimona brings youth and energy to Blackheart's plans, she is also impulsive and excessively violent, and needs Blackheart to guide her moral compass. Also pivotal, is the long relationship between Goldenloin and Blackheart, once best friends both turned out by the Institute to fill their respective roles as hero and villain. Instead of an empty adventure tale, Nimona has a beautiful resonance.
While I thought the comic style of the graphic novel might be off putting or distracting, Ms. Stevenson's illustrations only strengthen her story. Wonderfully capturing the familiar gestures that are universal in teen body language, Nimona is no longer an unknown squire in an unknowable realm, but a relate-able girl, exploring the limits of her power, finding her strength and her humanity, and lounging on the furniture in an unending number of poses. Have a girl with a dragon heart? Introduce her to Nimona.
Slate reviewers said of Nimona, "[It's] [f]unny and vibrant. A kind of deadpan epic," and it's hard to describe the experience of the work in any other way (I also strongly recommend reading the reviews from the New York Times and the UK's the Independent). The never named fantasy realm the characters inhabit, with it's medieval setting and many anachronistic elements, also deepens the sense of...well, magic. The detailed choices of what looks modern by reader's perspective versus what remains in a more medieval style is really interesting, but doesn't distract and makes you want to know more about this world and dive deeper. In the same way, Stevenson tooled around with a number of stylistic options before deciding on the work that we see now, and in reading the bonus pages offered in the graphic novel you can see clearly how that choice impacts the action and movement present in each panel and our investment in the characters generating these actions. Color is another element which was obviously thought out carefully in the creation of Nimona. With Blackheart's and Goldenloin's names not only having color present in their names, but their designs being dark versus light to symbolically reinforce their positions as villain and hero - and then totally reject that cliché and turn it on it's head!
Nimona is truly a work of art in both the visual and literary sense. Something that is gripping and tender and appropriate for all ages. Such an impressive and beautiful work.
Also just as an aside the art was totally beautiful and the way some really intense scenes were conveyed (like transformation sequences and big plot scenes) was really terrific and I got a great sense for how the characters acted and moved and how that related to who they were.
Not because Nimona forces herself on Blackheart, although that was fantastically hilarious, this story wasn't ever going to follow the typical tales. Nimona, herself, reminds me a lot of Ramona Flowers. It's that unique, I-will-do-my-hair-as-I-please, sort of girl. And the changing hair. But, Nimona takes her quirks and uses them as she sees fit while helping Blackheart in his evil doing.
There's science to be had. A wonderful randomness without the actual sciences, plus shape-shifting, dragons, fires...and try-not-to-killing people as they try to outrun the good or evil (depending on who you ask) Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics and their primary player Goldenloin...*tears from laughing* that name...
What an adventure! While Nimona's story and how she came to be is the primary tale, there is also the backstory of Blackheart and Goldenloin which pulls through to the end. So much humor, so much heart...I don't think I've read something like this before.
Can't say enough about Nimona! Everyone should read this and experience an epic tale nothing like Merlin but as modern day as flatscreen monitors and newscasts. EPIC WIN! Oh, and a few extra bonuses, too--two Christmas bonuses and Nimona character sketches.
I have the hardback version. I've heard the Kindle version is difficult to read because you cannot enlarge it, though other graphic novels I have for Kindle can be enlarged--with both Kindle and the iPad app. I'm half willing to try it out.
Here's hoping there's more Nimona to come!!!