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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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Keely
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...more
Cait
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Melki
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Christina
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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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...more
Lobeck
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
Lanica
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...more
Alex Telander
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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.

Pride...more
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
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...more
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



ال...more
syrin
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,...more
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
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...more
Sean
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...more
Michael
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...more
Srinivas
Pride of Baghdad is a story of four lions Zill,Nora,Gafa and Ali escaped the Baghdad zoo during the bombing of Iraq in April of 2003. As they began to understand whats happening around them and looking for food,they were shot and killed by US soldiers.

Pride of Baghdad is a heart touching story with very well written dialogues between the characters, which reflect political turmoil, freedom, whats real freedom meant, family...

So I recommended this book to all those who like to read stories in pi...more
Jenn
Now this was interesting.
Basically the story line from The Lion King, only it's set in Baghdad during the war.
The graphics were good.
The story okay.
Sudipto Saha
The sublime symbolism of the book goes way beyond its words and artworks. Truly brilliant piece of work!
Aaron
The story is loosely based of the true story of 4 lions escaping the Baghdad Zoo in 2003 after a bombing of Baghdad by US forces. When i say loosely I mean who knows what these lions when through during their time out of the zoo. But author Brian Vaughn (100 Bullets) brought to life these 4 lions in such a way that they felt more human than lion. They went through the same things as many of the people in war stricken countries have had to endure but they were wrote in such a way that their emoti...more
Jeb
An incredibly clever conceit and some truly beautiful art come together to form what is often heralded as one of the best (and most important) graphic novels of the last decade. It's even inspired by real events! And we all know that works inspired by real events are more meaningful, right? So it could be that I came in to this book with impossibly high expectations, but nonetheless, I came away feeling slightly disappointed.

First, what works: as I said, it's a very clever idea and by and large...more
Azalea
Insufferable.

I don't want to lose too many words on the plump and clichéd allegory that this book tries to deliver. But I was in fact waiting for the panel of the crying bald sea-eagle in front of the star-spangled banner. No worries though, the reader gets a lamenting war veteran-turtle and a bear spilling terrible action flick one-liners instead. Uuuuuuuurghhh.

Seems like no modern American comic book may be published without the obligatory rape-backstory of at least one female protagonist. The...more
Daquane
Reading this book was very interesting at the beginning, although some may say that reading books that are based on a true story tend to be uninteresting. But reading the Book Pride by Baghdad really inspires you on a lot of things and wants you to learn more about life and reading this from my perspective made me want to know more about the world and what's going on outside of the state. It's very interesting to learn about the war or a little something about it to really understand what goes...more
jess
This graphic novel is a fictionalized account of the true story of a pride of lions living in the Baghdad Zoo in 2003, when America is bombing the city. I read some newspaper accounts of the four lions, and, well, here's artistic license at work. There is one male lion, two lionesses, and one of the lioness's cubs, who was a little too "Simba" for me to relate to. Bombs drop on the zoo, the lions are forced to evacuate, they explored the abandoned, bombed out city: the streets, Saddam's palace,...more
Subroto
I picked up 2 animal related graphic novels last night. Zoo by James Patterson (Guinness Record holder of highest no of NYT best sellers) about an apocalyptic world where animals have decided to attack humans and not just attack but annihilate and attack because they are more intelligent now due to an environmental phenomenon (sounds far too stretched ?)

Then try this !

Pride of Baghdad, 3 lions and a cub running around an American attacked Iraq. Supposedly throwing open issues of the true meanin...more
Meredith
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Sally Monem
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Brian
The concept of a comic book about Baghdad, told through the eyes of lions that escaped from the zoo during US bombing, is risky. Overall, despite what I thought were a few problematic moments early on that I won't discuss here (the rape scene, the monkey's scarification ritual), it succeeds in raising concern for animals themselves, while also representing humans, and not in a reductive way.

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
new_user
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
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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).

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