Nimona (By Noelle Stevenson) and Lumberjanes Vol. 1 (By Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen, & Maarta Laiho) are two graphic novels so and fairly short so I thought I’d combine them into one review this week!
Nimona had me sold after the first two pages. Nimona is a shapeshifter who shows up on the villain, Lord Blackheart’s, front door. She wants to be his sidekick and help him defeat his nemesis, Sir Goldenloin. Nimona such a strong female character and she has faults! Blackheart was probably my favorite though. He was the “bad guy,” but he was adorably kind-hearted. I really loved this web comic turned graphic novel. The story begins and ends with this book so there’s (at least at the moment that I know of) no plans for a volume two. I loved this. It was cute, fun, funny, and a little sad. I would highly recommend this to anyone. I particularly liked the blend of science and technology with fantasy. For me this was definitely worth the hype.
Lumberjanes is about five girls who are attending summer camp together. They get into trouble often and get out of it by helping each other. Strange things are happening though. They are encountering three eyed animals, talking statues, and sea monsters. What’s going on? Well, to be honest volume one really doesn’t answer that question! There are a lot of weird happenings which spark a lot of questions, but there are very few answers. I think that it would be better if there was some bigger hints to overall plot in the first volume. The adventures they go on are fun, but it seems a little lacking on plot right now. I liked it though and it is 110% perfect for young middle school girls! It had a quirky vibe, some smart humor, and was just a lot of fun. The characters haven’t quite come into their own yet, but I see some development. I’d like to pick up the next volume before I really make a decision, but it is very charming for a first installment. It is a very “girl power,” pro-female book. Definitely pick it up for your preteen, tween, or teens!