Published by Harper Collins on May 12th 2015
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The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it "a deadpan epic."
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
I really liked this book. Nimona is a shapeshifter. She’s able to transform herself into any animate creature, like talking sharks! She shows up and convincesÂ Lord Ballister Blackheart to take her on as his sidekick. BallisterÂ is an evil supervillian with an axe to grind against the Institution in general and its top agent, Ambrosius, specifically. Unfortunately, he is also extremely reluctant to actually hurt anyone, much to Nimona’s dismay. Both of them are intent on disrupting the Institution’s plans as much as possible, if in completely separate ways. This book started as an online comic, so it has a special place in my heart. Â I loved the spiky, funky art style and the relationship between all the characters; even between the villian, Ballister, and the hero, Ambrosius. Twitter recommended this one to me, and it was definitely a win.Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Published by Ballantine Group on July 15th 2014
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, General, Science Fiction, Fantasy
The highly anticipated new standalone full-color graphic novel from Bryan Lee OÂ’Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series
KatieÂ’s got it pretty good. SheÂ’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, KatieÂ’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after allÂ—but they donÂ’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:
1. Write your mistake2. Ingest one mushroom3. Go to sleep4. Wake anew
And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. SheÂ’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushroomsÂ—and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad itÂ’s against the rules. But Katie doesnÂ’t care about the rulesÂ—and sheÂ’s about to discover the unintended consequences of the best intentions.
From the mind and pen behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series comes a madcap new tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits thatÂ’s sharp-witted and tenderhearted, whimsical and wise.
Advance praise for Seconds
Â“In Seconds, Bryan Lee OÂ’Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of a larger epic. In doing so, he enriches both. A great ride!Â”Â—Guillermo del Toro
Â“Bryan Lee OÂ’MalleyÂ’s Seconds is adorable, haunting, funny, and beautiful. A perfect recipe for a great graphic novel.Â”Â—Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics
When I picked up Seconds I had no idea what it was about. However, on page 48 it’s revealed that Katie is gifted with a do-over and I knew immediately that it would be a instant win with me. I love time travel stories, especially when the main character gets a chance to go back and change something and gets to see how the small change ripples and enacts huge differences in the future. The Groundhog Day trope is one of my favorites. This was the second Groundhog Day esque book I’ve read this week. Funny how that happens sometimes. This book also had an actual explanation for why Katie was in the time loop and how to solve things. That’s not something that happens very often and it took my enjoyment of the story to the next level. I went from liking it to loving it. I definitely wasn’t looking for books about time loops, but that’s what I found. Twitter wins again! I still have a stack of graphic novels from the library I’m working my way through, but I would say that this one in particular is a new favorite. I will be on the lookout to buy a copy for myself in the near future.