Pride of Baghdad
In his award-winning work on Y THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA (one of Entertainment Weekly’s 2005 Ten Best Fiction titles), writer Brian K. Vaughan has displayed an understanding of both the cost of...more
Start with some factual errors, such as antelopes being kept within sight of lions, sea turtles living in the Tigris, and zoo birds (which would have had flight feathers clipped) simply flying to escap...more
The story is about a pride of lions who during the bombing of Baghdad in 2003 escapes from Baghdad Zoo and while trying to find out what is happeni...more
It's not even that there' so much anything wrong with Brian K. Vaughan's WE4. Really, the thing is just rather, well, slight. Shave off 75% of its page count and toss it...more
I was expecting a tale about the real life animals that escaped during the bombings, but found a poorly disguised allegory instead – and a preachy one at that. Yes, the war is terrible. Yes, the crimes, the deaths, the suffering is terrible. Yes,...more
I held this graphic novel back from that mailing for a few reasons. First, I didn't want to send something with a political message without having read it first. Second, I'm always on the lookout for new books for middle school boys...more
Turtle: Their lion's a statue of one of your kind trying to eat a man...but the man's fighting off the big...more
The true story is a quick and simple one to tell: with the invasion of Baghdad in 2003, one of the first places abandoned was the zoo and when the bombs and destruction hit, a lot of ca...more
Pride of Baghdad is about a group of lions set free by the US invasion of Iraq and their attempt to navigate the city during the...more
The downside: everything else. The story was dull, full of conjecture, and written in a childish manner. The entire story was full of strict (read harmful) gender roles- including an unnecessary, graphic rape scene. This GN is billed as being full of political commentary yet aside from one comment made by a turtle and the ending where the soldier lied about why they killed the lions, there wasn't much political about it at all. I think most reviewers are con...more
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Pride of Baghdad, 3 lions and a cub running around an American attacked Iraq. Supposedly throwing open issues of the true meanin...more
First, what works: as I said, it's a very clever idea and by and large...more
This is the winner of the 2006 ign.com Best Original Graphic Novel award. It is on the YALSA top ten graphic novels for 2007, but the barcode label on the back cover says it’s “suggested for mature readers.” It deals with small pride of lions, hence the title, who escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It contains standard graphic novel artwork and minimal text.
At first, I th...more
Pride of Baghdad was inspired by the true story of four lions who escaped from a zoo during an American bombing in Iraq. Vaughan tells the story from the lions’ point...more
When I first started to read it, I didn’t think it would end the way it did. The plot is these four lions in the zoo think the “sky is falling”; which is just another way for explaining the air planes and the bombing that is going on. The zoo wasn’t hit until after the zoo keepers tossed a donkey carcass in for the lions. They didn’t understand why they would give t...more
A modern fable set at the beginning of the American led invasion of Iraq, it was inspired by a true story of the fate of the animal abandoned in an Iraqi zoo. Some of animals escaped while their caretakers fled to escape incoming American forces.
Having talking animals star in a serious and tragic story is the inherent problem in Pride of Baghdad. I could partially blame Disney for ruining the possibility of ever having animals talk and not breaking into song,...more
Recently named "Writer of the Year" by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Boo...more