Wednesday, March 23, 2016

"Nimona" Excellent Graphic Fiction

The daughter had been nagging me to read "Nimona" for months and I finally picked it up  -- a truly fun, captivating, exciting book. Here is the slug from the jacket:

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. 

Explosions will be involved. 

Science and sharks will be, too. 

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.

  • Nemeses!
  • Dragons!
  • Science!
  • Symbolism!

All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson, based on her award-winning web comic.

My daughter, who is fourteen, has a delightfully irreverent sense of humor so I can see immediately why she so clearly identifies with the protagonist.

The story is an enchanting dance between drama and comedy, subverting the Arthurian legends and heroes in general. In this more egalitarian and empathetic world the mad scientist is a woman, a crusading warrior needs a hug, and two knights fulfill the ideal of romantic love.

The art is vibrant and evocative, with each page having panels of swirling flame and clouds of lime green magical elixirs.

Really good stuff.

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