By Noelle Stevenson
Harper Collins, 2015. 272 pages. Young Adult Graphic Novel
This graphic novel covers a lot of ground: fantasy, science, humor, love, loss, and redemption. Lord Blackheart is a villain who is approached one day by Nimona - a young shapeshifter looking to offer her services to him. Initially reluctant to take her on as his side kick, Blackheart changes his mind when he realizes how useful she can be. But despite the professional nature of their relationship, and Nimona's reluctance to let Blackheart know the details of her life, they grow to have a meaningful friendship. Blackheart's nemesis is Sir Goldenloin, and although Nimona offers to finish him off once and for all, Blackheart's history with Goldenloin prevents him from letting her.
With more depth than I initially realized, this book won me over as the story developed complexity and the characters became more endearing. I also really enjoyed the illustrations - they were both fun to look at and quite expressive of the story.