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Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

Pride of Baghdad (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Brian K. Vaughan, Niko Henrichon

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Title:Pride of Baghdad
Authors:Brian K. Vaughan
Other authors:Niko Henrichon
Info:Vertigo (2008), Edition: 2nd Edition, Paperback, 136 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction

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Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan (2006)


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Entertaining graphic novel based on the true occurrence of 4 lions escaping the Baghdad zoo during the bombing of 2003. The novel is indeed graphic as it depicts the gruesome deaths of numerous animals including (spoiler) the 4 lions that the story centers around. A good read for teenagers--has all the language, violence, and references to sex that any teen boy could possibly wish for. ( )
  rdwhitenack | Jun 6, 2017 |
Four lions escape the zoo after it’s bombed in the second US invasion of Iraq. They face mysteries and challenges and the ending is exactly as depressing as I thought it was going to be. Beautiful, but a horrendous downer. ( )
  rivkat | Nov 28, 2016 |
Great stuff from Brian Vaughan! This is loosely based on accounts of four lions let loose from the Baghdad Zoo and killed by American soldiers. Vaughan gives these lions - male, older female, younger female, and cub -- vibrant personalities and you will find yourself hoping for them by the end. There are layers here that raise questions about freedom and the price of subordination. ( )
  RoeschLeisure | Nov 21, 2016 |
This is based on a true story, which is why it's so heartbreaking.
The sudden ending jarred me a little bit, but the story was compelling and the drawings were spot-on. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
I enjoyed the art in this book. It is an intriguing take on the Iraq War and the definition of freedom. ( )
  EllsbethB | Feb 11, 2016 |
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Vaughan has created a fascinating world – even if the characters are a little two dimensional – with a story that might seem all too Disney if it wasn’t for the story-bombs Vaughan keeps detonating, mixing things up and pulling us back from cosy talking animals to remind us of the horrors of war and nature.
added by stephmo | editGrovel, Andy (Mar 14, 2008)
Some of the happenings are a bit too convenient (for example, the two surprise rescues), and the writer occasionally allows the cub too many awww-inducing moments of cuteness. This isn’t a simplistic story, though, with an obvious message.
Damn those boys for making me cry like a man. It’s always a given that any story involving animals will hit me right where it counts, and Pride of Baghdad is no exception.
added by stephmo | editPopMatters, Niko Henrichon (Oct 9, 2006)
Vaughan's heart-wrenching story is graced by some of the most stunning visuals every collected in a single volume.
added by stephmo | editIGN Comics, Hillary Goldstein (Sep 14, 2006)
A Vaughan fan might forgive the faults of Pride and enjoy the art and successes, but a first-time reader would be better served by reading his back library than this well-intended but ultimately inadequate story.

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Henrichon, NikoIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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In the Spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives.

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