Nimona is a graphic novel, comprised of short issues of a webcomic.
Nimona is the self-designated sidekick of a super villain.
Nimona is a kid.
Nimona is a shark.
Nimona is a shapeshifter.
Nimona is a complex, novel-length, multi-layered book about key characters in the destruction of a government body that is, at best, ambivalent toward the citizens it claims to serve.
The bare story of this novel involves a villain taking on an assistant for his plots and schemes against the good and heroic people guarding the kingdom they all share. As the story progresses, this appraisal of the story is shown to be less accurate. Perhaps the villain isn’t at all villainous, and perhaps the hero is not very competent in judgement. The villain does indeed wish to dismantle the Institute, where he and the hero were both trained, but it becomes apparent that the Institute is hoarding great amounts of poisonous ingredients used for evil magic. The head of the Institute is a goblin, not human in any way, though this is certainly ambiguous. After all, Nimona the shapeshifter is the hero of our story and has very little in the way of humanity. She may not be the girl she claims to be, she may not be young as she claims, she may not be human as she claims. She wishes to espouse the mandates of evil, but she mostly wishes to help the villain and bring an end to the Institute, both high and commendable aims.
Nimona might be an ancient dragon.
Nimona might be sitting next to you right now.
The author was nominated for both Harvey and Eisner awards for this book, and won the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic for it in 2012. She writes for the Disney Channel show Wander Over Yonder. She helps write Lumberjanes. She has written for both Marvel and DC. She knows her business, and you should know her.