Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona is the story of an impetuous, eager, and (most notably) successful villainous sidekick, who is also a shapeshifter. Set during a time of knights and black magic and lancing and people living in tents, Nimona is a silly but thoroughly charming webcomic which has grown impressively in style and content over the space of eight chapters.
As you can see from the two pages I’ve posted here, there’s a great progression in terms of confidence and presentation in Stevenson’s art (which was neat to begin with!) The sense of the silly never leaves though, thankfully, as a world slowly builds for the characters in which everything feels coherent and consistent but also totally mad and weird. Nimona herself starts off as a startlingly contemporary figure living in a medieval world, but the joy of the comic is seeing the other characters come to accept and embrace her style and quirks.
Mixing magic with fake beards, Nimona is really enjoyable, and you can see more of it at http://gingerhaze.com/nimona
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