Story and Art by Ted Naifeh
Colored and Lettered by Warren Wucinich
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 8/13/2014
So I’ve been reading the new series PRINCESS UGG from Oni Press, and enjoyed the first two issues so much that I recapped and reviewed them at the end of June. Well this week, PRINCESS UGG #3 hits stands and after reading it, I once again found myself compelled to immediately start writing down my thoughts.
In issue three, we find out the reasoning behind Ulga’s decision to attend the princess academy, as she befriends a mysterious smoking man who surprises her as she was attempting an escape. Ulga opens ups to this strange but chummy teacher, revealing tales of her people’s battles with the Frost Giants, the longevity of this endless war, and her mother’s (Queen Fridrika) involvement in these conflicts. It is because of all this senseless killing and war that the Queen wishes Ulga to seek a new way of living, ultimately leading the young Princess to the royal school. This flashback is a powerful and heartwarming moment that is significant to the story.
Ulga’s new friend offers to help her learn the ways of diplomacy, as long as the Princess agrees to make an effort to befriend Lady Julifer, the princess who has been tormenting Ulga since her arrival with name calling, harassment, and just overall prejudice toward Princess Ugg (as she so cruelly refers to her as). If Ulga can find common ground with her roommate, it would serve as a first step to grasping the art of foreign affairs, with the hopes of finally bringing peace to her homeland.
There are many reasons why I love this comic and why I believe it is relevant. Naifeh has created a sound lead female character in Ulga who is strong but flawed. He has also managed to quietly incorporate valid political and social issues by exposing the atrocities of war, uncovering the seriousness of harassment and bullying and the psychological ramifications they can have on adolescents, and also sheds light on the real problems of literacy (Ulga is illiterate). I could elaborate a little more on these issues but don’t want to spoil too much more. Just know that I like where the story is going, the work that Naifeh is doing here, and highly recommend this series.
ADVANCE REVIEW: PRINCESS UGG #3
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
Strong lead female character engulfed in real life issues.
Ulga's language/dialect can be a bit difficult to follow a times.