Pride of Baghdad

by Vaughan, Brian K.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Graphic Novel GN Vaug
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Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult Graphic Novel YA VAUGHAN Brian
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CLP - Beechview Graphic Novels GRAPHIC NOVEL Vaughan
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Graphic Novel GRAPHIC NOVEL FIC VAU
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Graphic Novels G-FICTION VAUGHAN Brian
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"Deeply moving."-- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Lavishly drawn, and devastating.... Vaughan has his marvelously imagined characters debate the concept of freedom versus desire for safety...the total effect is memorable."-- Publishers Weekly

"This is an important work, strongly recommended for all adult collections."-- Library Journal

"Seems destined to cement the reputation of Brian K. Vaughan as one of the best writers to grace the medium in many years."-- Variety

The startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War inspired by true events arrives in a stunning new softcover edition. 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 survival and the political nuances of the modern world. Now, in this provocative graphic novel, Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq. The experience is made all the more evocative by the lush, spectacular artwork of Niko Henrichon.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 struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, Pride of Baghdad raises questions about the true meaning of liberation - can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Vaughan and Henrichon recount, from the escapees' perspective, a real incident of the Iraq War in which lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo. Beautiful watercolor panels display the lion pride's individual personalities as well as their natural zeal for freshly killed meat. When bombers lay waste their artificial den, two lionesses, a cub, and the pride's patriarch wander through the broken zoo landscape and then into town. They confront wonders, many of them nightmarish: dead humans, a captured and mistreated lion (used as a symbol of the Iraqi forces), the horizon, and, eventually, their assassins, American soldiers. Although this is in many respects a talking-animal comic, the politics and science of captive creatures and a war-torn land are respectfully limned by Vaughan's characterizations and Henrichon's attention to anatomical movement and architectural detail. The lions' particular viewpoints--male, female, old, young--allow moral questions to be considered from several experiential bases. This has the potential to become a crossover discovery for readers unfamiliar with or unconvinced of the graphic novel's literary capabilities. FranciscaGoldsmith."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Starred Review. This story of a pride of lions that escape from the Baghdad zoo during Operation Iraqi Freedom bombing is simple, lavishly drawn and devastating. The four lions--Zill; his two wives, the young, ideological and passionate Noor and the older, more cautious Safa; and his son, Ali--must negotiate life outside their pen. The insanity of war and of Saddam's state comes out in Henrichon's stunning images, which can move seamlessly from earth-rocking video game to a grieving peaceable kingdom. A turtle mourning his dead family notes that the local humans called their tanks "the lions of Babylon," and then the tanks rush in. Later, an image of Safa facing a portrait of a winged lion backed by lightning is startling, as she wanders the splendor of an abandoned palace in wonder. Without taking sides, Vaughan has his marvelously imagined characters debate the concept of freedom versus desire for safety, and fills the animal conflicts between lions, antelopes and monkeys with all-too-human tropes of honor and betrayal. Pride parodies the surrealism of war, with bewildered yet realistic animals among the ruined, megalomaniacal monuments of Baghdad--and the total effect is memorable. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Lion -- Iraq -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :DC Comics,2006
Contributors Henrichon, Niko.
Klein, Todd.
DC Comics, Inc.
Language English
Notes "Inspired by a true story."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781401203153 (pbk.)
1401203159 (pbk.)
9781401203146 (hardcover)
1401203140 (hardcover)
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