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
Pride of Baghdad is the story of four lions who escaped from the Baghdad zoo after a bombing raid and was inspired by actual events. It probably goes without saying it didn't end quite as well as The Lion King . . .
Although I was totally crossing my fingers that the male lion would have a voice like Scar . . .
I was hoping the combination of a graphic novel (a/k/a pitcherbook) and the use of animals rather than people to tell the st ...more
I found "Pride of Baghdad" while browsing the graphic novels at the library. It was inspired by the true story of four lions who escaped the Baghdad Zoo during the invasion of Iraq in April 2003.
We see the bombing from the point of view of the lions. When the war started, the keepers fled the zoo, and the animals who survived the bombs suddenly found themselves free. But one of the older lions is worried about the dangers that lurk beyond the gates. "There ...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
Haunting allegory. I don't know whether to cry or rage.
I'm going to get political for a second. When I was in college, the university did this public installation with little white flags planted in perfect rows in the crisp green grass. The flags stretched for acres and acres, one flag for each Iraqi civilian needlessly killed during wartime. There were thousands. Walking among the nameless dead was harrowing to say the least. That's when I lost respect for my country.
So while this haunting all ...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
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.
I REALLY liked this graphic novel. And after Vaughan's gratingly sexist "Y: The Last Man", I thought maybe Vaughan and I were having a falling out. But this just CLICKED for me. The characters - the story - how heartbreaking it was. It does end up alluding to rape (can we ever not use that plot device) and it gets political, but I enjoyed myself f quite a lot.
Either way my opinion is just that: my opinion. I'm not going to deny that I really enjoyed Pride of Baghda ...more
We are introduced to a pride of lions who are free when the US airbombs strike the Baghdad Zoo. The pride travels around the city in order to find food. They encounter the destruction of war by man, environmental destruction, animal cruelty and captivity. There are slight resemblance to rape and freedom in a hostile environment.
I wasn't bothered with the ina ...more
Pride of Baghdad is based on the true story of four lions escaping from the Baghdad zoo during the initial invasion of Iraq by US forces in 2003. Vaughan fictionalizes the account of these captive lions getting a taste of freedom as their world falls apart around them, literally.
The story follows four lions. Zill, his two wives Noor and Safa, and Ali, Noor and ...more
bien, partimos de la base que este cómic está basado en hechos reales. pero si os digo la verdad, el interés de la historia no va en si no te sorprende porque ya conoces cómo terminará, sino en que todo el protagonismo lo tienen los animales del zoo (y principalmente los leones). esto, así dicho, suena bastante bien y lo hubiera sido si Vaughan hubiera sabido c ...more
ازاي من خبر صغير ممكن تقرأه ف جريدة تعمل عمل بديع شبه دا
اثناء الغزو الامريكي ل لبغداد تم قصف حديقة الحيوان
يقرر المؤلف الانتظار ويستوعب الامور قليلا
ويكتب قصة ابطالها
اسد وشبل و لبؤتين
ومجموعة من القرود وغزالة و دب
الابطال الاساسيون هم سرب الاسود
هم محور الحدث
اللبؤة التي كانت طالما تبحث عن الحرية وتريد الحصول عليها
بينما الكل يولمها ويخبروها انتي لا تعرفي ما تتمنين
ويأتي الغزو والطائرات تضرب في كادر ساحر عجبني بشدة الخاص بالزرافة
In 2003, four lions escaped Baghdad Zoo during the USA's bombing of Iraq. Vaughan and artist Niko Henrichon embellish the tale, but despite the relatively short length it's a fairly tedious read. The various animals in the book were given very human-sounding voices that contradicted their animalistic nature.
The book also falls short thematically. The cove ...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
Recently named "Writer of the Year" by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Boo ...more