Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is a webcomic available for free and already in its 11th chapter with nearly 250 Pages done. It updates twice-weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and has gotten its fair share of prices.The comic is about a Supervillain, Balister Blackheart, who actually isn’t quite so bad, and his new and self-appointed sidekick, Nimona, a shapeshifter. He’s reserved and does things by the rules, while she’s much more brash and wants more actions and chaos. Their archenemy is Goldenloin who looks just like his name suggest. He fights for the Institute that has the city in its grasps and might not be as noble as it seems.
At first, the story seems a bit strange, as nothing is as you’d expect it. Balister isn’t what a supervillain would normally be, as he’s against violence and does thing by the rules. The fights with his archenemy seem more like playing friends and their antagonism is a strange symbiosis. With time, the story shifts to who and what Nimona is and what’s actually important.
The art is good from the start, but as with many webcomics, improves over time. That’s easily visible if you just look at the first and latest page. Especially the colours are much more vibrant.
The main reason I follow the comic can be found in the relationship between Balister and Nimona. He’s the withdrawn man fighting against the unfair world and having nothing but his job as a supervillain that gets defeated every time. She’s the loud and rash young girl that worms her way into the heart of this closed off villain and into the hearts of the readers with some well-timed jokes. She brings new wind in his life and while she brings danger for him, herself, and everyone else, he gets defeated by her charm easily. At first, he’s annoyed at her new way of doing things, angry at her violence, but with time you can see him open up to her much more and he visibly starts caring deeply for the girl. Their relationship is engaging and you can’t help but smile while reading about them.
Concluding: It’s a great story with memorable and loveable characters. The art is good, but especially the faces are a bit too angular for my taste. It’s a free Webcomic and one you should definitely give a chance. You’ll find a beautiful story for an afternoon that can make you smile and something to eagerly wait for after you finish the currently available pages.