Written & Illustrated by Ted Naifeh
Colored & Lettered by Warren Wucinich
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 11/19/2014
After taking a break in October, Ted Naifeh returns this week with PRINCESS UGG #5. Okay so I have really enjoyed the first four issues, but for some reason this next issue was not in my radar. As always, this amazing tale about a misplaced princess just sort of snuck up on me and drew me back in to this fantasy world of the five kingdoms.
Issue five sees our princesses-in-training sneaking out for a night of mischief, and we see our Ulga with her Grimmerian antics win over some new friends, only to have a not so ladylike setback with Captain Malick. Despite this unfortunate event, her training and lessons continue as we see progress in not just her royal etiquette, but her literacy skills as well. Later Ulga sees Lady Julifer in a compromising situation that gives her a temporary diplomatic advantage over the Princess of Atraesca.
Meanwhile it appears that war is imminent back in Ulga’s homeland of Grimmeria, as her father warns of a threat of gigantic proportions. The story concludes with a group of bandits attacking the princess convoy, forcing Ulga to do what she does best.
Princess Ugg is charming and inspiring, as Naifeh has me totally cheering for this underdog in Ulga. The only thing missing as of late is action, but it appears as if we are about to get a large dose of that in upcoming chapters. As I have mentioned in my previous reviews, the story covers all kinds of pertinent social topics such as bullying and literacy concerns. It also uncovers both the necessities and consequences of war. The series is a well written and beautifully illustrated tale that is worth a pull.
REVIEW: PRINCESS UGG #5
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)