“I can’t have some kid following me around all day.”
“I’m not a kid. I’m a SHARK!”
This is my first graphic novel in…nearly two decades? I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this was fantastic. The art was adorable and gorgeous and perfect for the book’s humor and storyline. Our local villain Lord Blackheart reluctantly hires Nimona, a headstrong and snarky shapeshifter, as an apprentice in his goal to take down his archnemesis, Sir Goldenloin (these character names, though). It’s (sadly) quite short, so I don’t want to give too much away, but if your thing is/might be/could ever be villains believing in love, loyalty, and the goodness of people (*happy sigh*), then you must read this now.
I spent most of this novel laughing out loud. The slightly absurd, off-the-cuff humor was completely different than anything I’ve read before, in the best way possible. We see rather dark themes addressed with a sprinkling of humor that makes you both laugh and think.
“No one made me. I was always like this.”
“I know an abomination when I see one.”
“Yeah, sure. What are YOU, a goblin?”
“That’s none of your business. Shut up.”
The story was unveiled in bits and pieces with little to no info-dumping; rather circumstances were inferred or implied for the reader to experience frequent lightbulb moments. Events like our “evil villain” Blackheart teaching Nimona that killing everyone shouldn’t be her go-to move (moral tutoring from a villain!) and the initial gender neutral approach to the “Legend of Gloreth”, the most heroic of heroes to vanquish the greatest evil demon to ever live (turns out, she’s a lady!), were refreshing features.
I’m incredibly sad there is no planned sequel for this, especially when so much was left open at the end! However, if you want to see adorably drawn characters fight evil (“But I thought this was about villains”, you say? But of course! Villains fighting eviler evil!), this is the graphic novel for you.