It started out as a web-comic by writer and artist Noelle Stevenson, but Nimona quickly became one of the most popular indie stories in recent history. It was published in hardcover back in 2015 and now it’s set to become its own movie from Fox animation studios.
Nimona tells the story of a young girl growing up in a strange kingdom. She also just so happens to be a magical shape shifter. Oddly enough, Nimona wants nothing more than to become the sidekick of the greatest villain in the land, Lord Ballister Blackheart. What ensues is a story that is as funny as it is heartfelt.
This whole premise might sound pretty light hearted, but it goes deeper than that. While the story is full of laughs it also features an emotional tale of friendship. It’s about finding connections with people you would’ve never expected. Its originality is what drew so many fans in.
Fans of manga should tune in: The book is filled with hallmarks of Japanese storytelling:
- It features a young, undoubtedly unique girl who has magical abilities beyond anyone’s understanding (sound familiar?)
- Silly humor is just as important as the big action sequences
- Nimona’s world happens to be chalk-full of fairy tale-like characters and fantastical creatures
- Its heroes and villains leave you scratching your head, a lot
I find myself reading it in between simulcast releases, but hey, that’s just me. …And in case you’re wondering, the graphic novel version is available now in multiple languages and digital formats.
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