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  • Vinicius Monteiro

Nimona Review

Nimona Review

This text may contain SPOILERS.

Synopsis: Nimona is a shapeshifter with no limits and no tongue, whose greatest dream is to be the partner of Lord Ballister Blackheart, the greatest villain who ever lived. But she didn't know that her hero had scruples. Let alone a deliberate mission.

Review: In 2012, Noelle Stevenson began posting "Nimona" online. Originally the comic was a thesis for the Maryland Institute of College Art, but the project ended up becoming one of the most beloved webcomics, winning the Cartoonist Studio Prize and nominations for the Harvey and Eisner awards.

"Nimona" is set in a distant realm that is neither really fantasy nor science fiction. This dichotomy basically sums up the tone and setting of the entire comic. The comic has a mix of old and new in its art that I found very interesting, giving the story a very original feel.


The characters carry an exaggerated artistry, with their triangular heads and thin waists and protruding elbows. Stevenson is great at gesture drawing, which definitely gives each character, whether in the forefront or the background, their own personality and presence. It's very effective, especially during the later scenes where Stevenson packs his picture with people and action.

Magic and science share the same space in "Nimona". Dark sorcery and magical creatures exist alongside screens and rockets. Tension is represented in the contrast between Ballister and Nimona, one a man of (evil) science, the other a purely magical being. At the end of the story, Nimona's abilities are given a scientific explanation, but she herself remains mysterious, ultimately unknowable.

Ballister and Goldenloin's relationship goes far beyond their status as arch-enemies. Stevenson is not afraid to question perception or prerogative in his script, and no one in the story is blatantly benevolent or perverse. For Stevenson, points of view and context count for a lot when it comes to understanding, and I think the constant questioning of right and wrong helps to make this work more interesting, especially for the younger reader.


The comic is very energetic with plenty of action, but there are many moments in the story where some scenes seem very random and tangentially interconnected. Because "Nimona" was published online in an episodic format, when put together in a single volume, the story seems too stretched out with moments that seem unnecessary.

"Nimona" ends in the style of Dark Phoenix, the cliché of the woman with terrible powers who must be dominated at all costs, lest she destroy everyone. Much of what the comic is about is the middle ground between good and evil, magic and science, love and hate. Although the book often uses clichés and has a stretched-out plot, "Nimona" was a timeless journey that was fun to experience.

Rating: 7

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