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Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan
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Sep 29, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: graphicnovel, american-lit
Read in September, 2007

Based on a true incident: in 2003, a pride of lions escaped the Baghdad zoo during an American bombing. Vaughan uses this as a jumping off point to tell a story that's both an exciting adventure and a painful look at the true cost of war. This could have easily become an anvilicious, MY METAPHORS: LET ME SHOW YOU THEM fest, but Vaughan keeps the symbolism nicely subtle, creating a tale (no pun intended. Really) that works—and is heartbreaking—on multiple levels. A good book to show people who think comics are just for kids. (You could also rap them on the knuckles with it.)
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