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Pride of Baghdad (2006)
by Brian K. Vaughan, Niko Henrichon (Illustrator)
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Heartbreaking. And a bit gory.
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Prendendo spunto da un fatto realmente accaduto, la fuga di alcuni leoni dallo zoo di Baghdad durante i bombardamenti statunitensi, Vaughan e Henrichon raccontano una storia su cosa siano la libertà, la cattività e il costo di esistere in un mondo troppo spesso incurante delle ragioni altrui.
È una bella storia, forse un po’ troppo stereotipata: i suoi personaggi incarnano un certo tipo di ideale e portano avanti quello per tutta la storia, non c’è una vera e propria evoluzione, l’intera vicenda è costruita in modo tale da trasmettere un certo messaggio.
A short, beautiful, compelling story about the horrors of war told from the perspective of a pride of lions
A pride of lions did actually escape from the Baghdad zoo during attacks by the U.S. military. Sadly though, this story did not grab me nor did the lion characters either. I kept hoping for some allegorical meaning, but if there was one, it eluded me. Hated the ending, and would have given a 2 rating, but for the excellent artwork.
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.
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.
Vaughan's heart-wrenching story is graced by some of the most stunning visuals every collected in a single volume.
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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In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escapes from the 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. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation-can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live in captivity?
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