Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson (2015)
I’ve never been into webcomics. I don’t really get them, for some reason, or don’t like the serialization of them, or something. So I really appreciate it when great webcomics get turned into great graphic novels, like Nimona. Especially when the big, bad, scary guy in the story is actually a short, not-skinny, teenage girl with buzzed hair and big boots.
Nimona is a shapeshifter, capable of turning into just about any creature she wants to, ranging from other humans to small cats to giant dragons. And with that ability, she dreams of causing chaos and taking down the man. In this case, the man is The Institution, which villain Lord Ballister Blackheart has been trying to destroy. Despite his role as Villain of the community (and a name like Blackheart) Ballister actually has a heart of gold, and is trying to expose the lies and immoral nature of the powers at be. Nimona is determined to be his sidekick.
But when Nimona joins Lord Ballister’s team, she’s keeping her cards close to her chest, and Ballister can tell she’s hiding something. Something that might just destroy all his plans.
This graphic novel is HILARIOUS and HEARTBREAKING and HEARTWARMING and HUGELY entertaining.