Princess Ugg #1

Princess Ugg #1

Writer: Ted Naifeh Artist: Ted Naifeh Publisher: Oni Press Release Date: June 4, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 3
8.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

A new series from Courtney Crumrin’s Ted Naifeh! Within the fairy-tale kingdom of Atraesca lies the prestigious Princess Academy, where young royals from all the five kingdoms come to get their education. But they've never before seen the like of Princess Ülga of Grimmeria. Armed with axe and sword, riding her war mammoth through the city gates, Ülga has come in search of schooling. But this barbarian princess might just end up schooling the people of Atraesca before that happens!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 4, 2014

    There's an obvious demographic that Naifeh and Oni are going for with this series. That said, I think it would be foolish for anyone to think that they're not the target demographic. Do you like bad ass characters that make others look foolish because they look down on people? Do you like Norse mythology, especially when there's something new added to it? Do you love Wooly Mammoth's? Of course you do. Seriously though, this series/issue is going to surprise a lot of people so pick it up at a con or pre-order for its widespread release in June. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 7, 2014

    This book couldn't come at a better time now that everyone is loving the badass Daenerys on Game of Thrones. By issue's end if you're not hooting and hollering like a canned television audience you're probably dead. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jun 4, 2014

    That minor quibble aside, this is a book that so very clearly stands up to the hype. Ted Naifeh is off to a wonderful start with this title. Within a few pages we learn so much about Ülga. Yet behind those eyes we see there is still so much more to experience with this wee berserker. While it's hard to tell if Princess Ugg #1 will truly subvert the “princess in a strange land” trope, it's clear that the adventure will be a joy for both character and reader. Hail and well met, indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Alex Smith Jun 3, 2014

    Princess Uggreceives a debut issue full of thoughtful writing, beautiful artwork, and a capable main character. This is indeed a series full of promise, and one to watch in the future. Throw away any preconceived notions you have from previous entries in the genre, because Ulga will surprise you. More than just a curiosity, Naifeh has given us a tale fit for royalty. A spunky, unique type of royalty. While searching for your usual issues at the comic shop, keep an eye out for this one. Highly Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Jun 5, 2014

    This book seems to have it all: rich dialects, great characterization, a compelling story, and lovely ink and color work. One of the best debuts of 2014, and not one to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - jo0olia May 12, 2014

    This is a promising comic, and you guys should keep a lookout for the next issues! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Josh Reifler Jun 3, 2014

    Princess Ugg is a fun new series that deserves a look. It's presents a strong female protagonist with a lot of spirit. It's awesome to see a writerflipping the adventure story on its head and this comic is right in line with the spirit that girls can achieve the same as men and be heroes in their own right. I'd recommend this book to anyone with a young child interested in comics or anyone who enjoys a fun adventure story. With movies like Frozen and Shrek capturing the hearts of young audiences, Naifeh has definitely created a fun an entertaining fantasy adventure series. Step outside your normal comic book expectations and give this debutissuea chance! 8/10. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jun 3, 2014

    Though the foundation of this book is based on some of the biggest tropes you'll find in fantasy sword fighting books, there's something about Princess Ugg that I really like. The polar opposite characters being forced to live together in the same room may seem tired, but I really do want to see how these two work out there differences and realizethat theydo not have to be adversaries. If you get the chance this week, pick up the first issue and give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio May 14, 2014

    Princess Ugg is one of those stories you wish you would have thought of yourself, as it feels so obvious after reading it. Naifeh gives himself the latitude to explore these characters in a unique setting where their mettle will be tested as these young Princesses try to learn the craft without losing themselves to others’ expectations. Paired with Warren Wucinich’s colors, Naifeh and Oni Press have a reason to catch people’s attentions — let’s see what they can do with it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - louis whiteford Jun 11, 2014

    Is it awful? Not by any means. It’s just not incredibly original. Is that bad? Not necessarily. But one issue in, all Princess Ugg has going for it is some nice uses of wooly mammoths. The comic looks like it’ll be a little too tame for any hardcore barbarian action, and I’m not so sure a school setting lends itself to action at all. Princess Ugg could succeed just fine on adolescent hijinks, but it’s appealing to desires I don’t have right now. I’d recommend Princess Ugg if you’re really into Nordic imagery, and/or have a serious jones-on for Wooly Mammoths. I’m being pretty harsh on a book after one issue, but as one issue, it didn’t entice me. The boarding school gimmick might be interesting to some of you too, but I’ll pass. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jun 6, 2014

    All these inconsistencies aside, I still really liked lga as a character and want to see her journey unfold. Though the visuals let me down from a storytelling perspective, I like the design and energy of the book and I can't help but see its vast potential. Though this first issue is a bit of a miss, I'll definitely be back to see if Naifeh can smooth out the rough edges and create something really exciting out of the framework he's established. Read Full Review

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