Written & Illustrated by Ted Naifeh
Colored & Lettered by Warren Wucinich
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 03/18/2015
One of my favorite comics of 2014 was Ted Naifeh and Warren Wucinich’s PRINCESS UGG from Oni Press. This week I had the pleasure of reading the eighth (and final issue?) of what turned out to be a beautifully written, drawn, and colored tale about friendship and self-discovery.
After learning of Ulga’s capture, the Grimmerians have ceased their fighting with the frost giants. With her newly acquired and never before used diplomatic skills, Ulga (with the help of the other princesses) must find a way to end this pressing war threat before the kingdoms destroy each other.
I will not talk much about the events that unfold in the finale, know only that Ulga’s evolution is fully evident here. Not only do we see pre-academy warrior Ulga, but we get to witness her reap the benefits of a newly acquired education. The action that was somewhat missing in the middle issues, as suspected has returned in the last few issues, making this a strong and rewarding finale.
Naifeh has created an amazing character in Princess Ulga. It is her imperfections that make her so likable and so human; you won’t be able to not cheer for her. The differences between her and her people in contrast with the others from the five kingdoms, teaches many lessons throughout the series. As I have mentioned before, Naifeh has delivered a wonderfully told adventure about a princess academy, and incorporated such relevant issues in it, like warfare, politics, education, literacy, and bullying.
Aside from her educational and personal progression, Ulga’s classmates and others around her learned as well. What started off in the beginning with mostly resistance and ignorance transformed into enlightenment and acceptance, strengthening the bond between this circle of princesses.
With strong story-telling and illustrations from Naifeh, along with Wuchinich’s colors, Princess Ugg #8 closes out this first volume/arc on a very high note. The best part is it concludes with an assurance of future Ulga stories that I am already eagerly anticipating.
REVIEW: PRINCESS UGG #8
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)