Princess Ugg #2
Written and Illustrated by Ted Naifeh
Colored and Lettered by Warren Wucinich
Cover by Ted Naifeh
Release Date: July 16, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
Ulga, the only heir to the mountain king, Thorgrim of Grimmeria, has bested warriors and giants in combat, but now faces her toughest challenge yet: princess school. In Princess Ugg #2, written by Ted Naifeh, Ulga begins her princess training and it proves to be quite the uphill battle.
Naifeh does a fantastic job on so many levels in issue two. The narration is told in typical fairytale fashion, but from the voice of a Norseman storyteller, helping to guide the reader along Ulgaâ€™s physical and emotional journey. The dialogue remains true to character; in fact, I found myself reading Ulgaâ€™s accented barbaric dialect out loud, and enjoying every moment. In terms of connecting with Ulga, Naifeh makes sure that his readers feel defeated along with Ulga when she canâ€™t hold a utensil correctly and proud when she proves her classmates wrong.
Similarly, Naifehâ€™s illustrations perfectly encapsulates Ulgaâ€™s culture shock, as we bear witness to her clumsy and heavy-footed attempts to adjust to the â€œidealâ€ princess life.
While I could definitely see this as a story straight out of Disney â€“ its humor and strong female characterization driving the plot â€“ it does poke a bit of fun at the archetypal princess stories of old, in which a princess awaits a rescue from a prince. Ulga is strong in her own right, more so than likely any prince whoâ€™d take her hand.
Princess Ugg #2 is a great addition to what is turning out to be a very entertaining series. Check it out!