Recently, I have pushed myself to explore books outside of my comfort zone which is young adult contemporary books. One areas of books that I started to pick up more books in is graphic novels. After reading Wires and Nerve, the first book in the graphic novel spin-off of The Lunar Chronicles, I decided I was ready to explore more graphic novels outside of a universe that I already knew. Here’s my thoughts on March (Book One) and Nimona:
March (Book One) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
The March graphic novel series by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell chronicles the life of congressman John Lewis through the Civil Rights movement. In Book One, the series focuses on the early life of John Lewis and his early involvement in the Civil Rights movement throughout college.
I heard about March in my college education classes that focused on literacy. My professor and the librarian from my college’s library specifically for education majors had nothing but positive reviews from this book. They remarked that this graphic novel series does a great job of making history more accessible to younger readers because it transforms a true story in a more interesting format.
I would have to agree with this statement as say it is true for older readers as well. Even though I love history, I don’t usually gravitate towards it when I’m in the library or at a book store. While I enjoyed the artwork in this graphic novel, I would say it’s strongest point is the actual story. I learned not only a lot about the life of John Lewis, but more about the attitudes and reasoning behind different groups of people, organizations, and protests.
I gave March (Book One) five out of five stars and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series!
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson follows Lord Ballister Blackheart, a villain who is approached by a young woman who can shape shift and wants to be his sidekick. With Nimona’s help, Ballister is able to dig up some dirt on the hero institution that shunned him after an accident. However, Nimona may be more powerful and destructive that she lets Ballister believe
I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Nimona recently, but wasn’t exactly sure of what to expect going into it. I knew a lot of people enjoyed it, that it was nominated for several awards, and the plot somehow revolved around a super villain. While there was aspects of this book that I enjoyed, there needed to be some improvements for me to give it the same hype that I heard before reading it.
I think my largest problem with Nimona was that there were so many aspects of the plot that I wished were either explored more in-depth or consistently. A lot of the character’s backstories remained fuzzy which made it a little more difficult to understand their motivations. Additionally, I found many of the characters and their actions inconsistent throughout the book. It made it difficult to know any of the characters extremely well and I didn’t really know who to root for throughout this book.
Throughout this book, I found myself waiting for the moment that would make me love this book as much as so many other people. However, I actually found myself enjoying the author’s fun extra scenes at the end of the book more than the book itself because I felt like I had a better sense of the characters. I gave Nimona three out of five stars.
What graphic novel should I read next?