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Pride Of Baghdad

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  14,181 ratings  ·  933 reviews
From one of America's most acclaimed comics writers a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War inspired by true events. In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped 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 ...more
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Despite the originality of the idea, and the wealth of symbolism and meaning such a story might have held, Vaughan did little with this book. His predictable plot, thoughtless characterization, awkward dialogue and overpowering allegory drained this book of any strength or beauty it might have had.

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
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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 . . .

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Although I was totally crossing my fingers that the male lion would have a voice like Scar . . .

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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
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Diane Librarian
What a beautiful and sad story this is.

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
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My sister is stationed in Afghanistan after having been in Iraq a couple years earlier. I send her a care package about once a month and picked this one up on a whim when I was in Barnes & Noble to grab a couple of my favorite books to fit in the latest package.

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
Seth Hahne
Sometimes, out of the blue, I'll ask my fifteen-month-old daughter: "How does the lion go?" She will then muster up a metric horse-ton of ferocity a give the best little squeak of a Roar that she can manage. It's pretty thoroughly entertaining. Or at least mildly entertaining. Or at least more entertaining than Pride of Baghdad.

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
Aug 15, 2008 Christina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who enjoys beautiful artwork and a compelling story told in the form of a graphic novel
Shelves: 2008, graphic-novels
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

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.
How did this get on a list of quality comics along with Blankets and Persepolis? This book is complete crap. The story, characters and relationships are dull, shallow and predictable and lack any complexity whatsoever. And those are the books lesser flaws. Most concerning is the translation of human gender roles as conceived by patriarchy to the animal world, thus perpetuating the idea that patriarchy, heterosexuality, and the current gender role paradigm are the "natural" order of things. (If y ...more
Nicolo Yu
This week, the American occupation of Iraq ends as the last U.S. troops withdraw and their bases are turned over to the Iraqi civilian government. This event brings back to mind Brian K. Vaughn and Niko Henrichon’s graphic novel, Pride of Baghdad.

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.

Alex Telander
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Teresa Jusino
I'm a sucker for three things, it seems: Brian K. Vaughn, political graphic novels, and animals. I recently picked up a beautiful looking graphic novel I happened upon in a comic book store called "Pride of Baghdad" written by Brian K. Vaughn (writer of Ex Machina, Y: The Last Man, and The Escapists). Its cover has a beautiful, close-up drawing of a lion's face, and Vaughn's name graces the top. When I read the synopsis on the back - a "based on true events" telling of what the streets of Baghda ...more
Melodramatic, heavy-handed, rather obvious. Still, it managed to manipulate my emotions well enough for a grudging third star.

I didn't like Y:TLM either. At least there's Saga.
La Espada en la Tinta
Los leones de Bagdad es una de las obras más redondas de Brian K. Vaughan y digna de figurar entre los premios de cómic más prestigiosos del género. El hecho de que esté basada en una historia real no hace sino recalcar lo potente que resulta esta fábula protagonizada por animales, sobre todo en el terreno emocional, y que sería digna de figurar en la filmografía de ciertos cineastas como Clint Eastwood.

Sigue leyendo...
مصطفي سليمان
مذهلة دا اللي أقدر اوصف بيه الحالة اللي كنت حاسسها

ازاي من خبر صغير ممكن تقرأه ف جريدة تعمل عمل بديع شبه دا

اثناء الغزو الامريكي ل لبغداد تم قصف حديقة الحيوان

دا الخبر

يقرر المؤلف الانتظار ويستوعب الامور قليلا
ويكتب قصة ابطالها

من الحيوانات

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

Kristen Fiore
This graphic novel was not only historical, but it gave me an image on how animals were treated in Bagdad in 2003 during the war.
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
CH _Kenya  Walker
Pride of Bagdad is the first graphic novel that I read of it's kind. It begins with an explosion that destroys a zoo in Bagdad and leaves the animals free to roam about lost and confused. Told completely through the eyes of a group of hungry and confused lions this book takes you on an adventure as these lion's hunt for food, try to stay alive and try to deal with escaping from captivity. The element of personification is very prevelant in this story as the lion's go through a range of human cha ...more
This is about a family of four lions who escape the Baghdad Zoo during the American bombing of Iraq. Safa, an older female was once free but prefers a life of captivity and the security and food it provides. She feels loyalty to the keepers. Noor, mother of the cub Ali, wants to fight for freedom but doesn't understand its true cost. Zill, the adult male, doesn't feel strongly one way or the other. He simply wants to protect his family but captivity has made him soft. All will find that freedom ...more
I've wanted to read this book for sometime now, not only because of the beautiful artwork, but because it's always interesting to read war stories from different perspectives. Maybe all that anticipation was the reason the story disappointed me so much.
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,
If I could have given this cheesy, extremely simplistic portrayal of the Iraqi conflict less stars, I would. If not for the very human sexual innuendos and scenes (between lions, no less), Pride of Baghdad is what I would expect if Disney produced a film about the escaping lions as a thinly veiled allegory for the Iraqi people, the prevailing message being that only the fear and risk of an uncertain future is preventing the Iraqis from embracing freedom. (Also, that lions are very divided on the ...more
Emily Green
Ostensibly based on true events (I hesitate to call it a “true story”) Pride of Baghdad tells the adventure of a group of lions after they are released from the Baghdad zoo by bombs falling on the city. Vaughan used the opportunity to conduct a political discussion through talking animals. Which is a technique that has never been used before in the history of literature.

The story, though the ending is predictable, is entertaining. The questions of freedom and protection become issues of surviva
As if being into SF novels and spending my Friday nights outlining torts didn’t label me as a total loser, I have started getting back into graphic novels as well. I don’t really know where this is coming from, but whatever, expect a bunch of reviews in the coming months. There’s a lot of talent people in comics putting out some smart stuff, including this little book.

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
The concept was original. Vaughan has a good crack at the ideas he explores, which is tricky really because the comparisons between freedom, captivity, liberation, security can easily be labelled as trite if not handled carefully. I think he does pretty well. I did find the rape scene very jarring, maybe that was the intention, but to me it took one step too many toward a very disturbingly all too human scene played out by lions.
I'm no great art critic. I've got more of a draughtsman's eye for
Esta es de las historias más tristes que he leído en mi vida. Más triste que la muerte de Mufasa.
Pero además de eso y de toda la simbología que la envuelve, y a pesar de lo corta que es, ¡que dibujos! Las ilustraciones son magnificas.
Es la historia de 4 leones que se escapan del Zoológico de Baghdad durante el bombardeo de Irak. Tiene todo lo que puedes esperar de una buena historia y además un arte en verdad hermoso. Hace reflexionar sobre la guerra pero también sobre otras muchas cuestiones co
‘Pride of Baghdad’ was the 2006 stand-alone graphic novel written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Niko Henrichon.

Fair warning: this is not The Lion King of your childhood. You could probably guess that if you’re at all familiar with Brian K. Vaughan’s work – Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina or Saga, take your pick – this guy likes tough stories. ‘Pride of Baghdad’ is actually based on a true event from 2003, about lions that escaped from Baghdad zoo, amidst the bombing of the city by US troops
Sagar Vibhute
Gripping! This is like one of those stories that will keep coming back with a newer deeper meaning the more you understand the symbols used by the author.

Set against a real story of 4 lions that escaped from the Baghdad zoo during the 2004 air raids, Brian K Vaughan takes us on a journey of the pride coming to terms with their new found 'freedom' amidst a world that unknown to them is at war.

The narrative of the scorched, ruined city as seen from the eyes of the lions runs through a gamut of pri
Matt Ryan
What do you get when a pack of Lions escape from the Baghdad Zoo during a bombing in the Iraq war? Pride of Baghdad. We follow the Lions and their adventures around a war torn Iraq, their search for food and their feeling of freedom, all is well for now, but you must remember that these Lions are in a war zone, where there is no mercy.

This book's unique and captivating concept kept me turning the pages all the way until the end. It was such a great concept, that was MOSTLY executed well! I loved
Pride of Baghdad is a very interesting story that tells about the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The story follows a pack of lions who escape from a Baghdad zoo during the invasion and as the lions roam the streets trying to survive each lion eventually represents a different viewpoint of the Iraq war. The graphic novel is overall well written and the art is very beautiful. The art uses a lot of orange and yellow tones and only uses different colors when it is showing scenes that are outside the city ...more
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Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly).

Recently named "Writer of the Year" by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Boo
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