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Published May 12, 2015 by Quill Tree Books.


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4 stars (7 reviews)

From the Publisher:

A National Book Award Longlist Title

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her 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 the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

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 …

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A spin on villains and heroes that is desperately needed.

4 stars

I absolutely ADORE this graphic novel, especially because it's a bit refreshing with regards to heroes and villains. I seriously adore how there's some discussion about how the 'heroes' aren't necessarily as heroic as we believe and that the 'villains' might actually, in some instances, be good people.

But I also quite like that it shows that these people can change; that there are 'good people' who are in situations where they are blinded by their own gain and positions or that they follow people they believe are 'good' without question. The background of "question your superiors" was quite nice.

The other bit that I like is that the 'villain' and the 'hero' were (are?) a couple, that they had a complex relationship between each other. The one bit that I wish had been done, which is something Noelle Stevenson also acknowledged, is making their relationship overt and giving it …

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