Pride of Baghdad (Paperback)
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DescriptionWritten by Brian K. Vaughn Art by Niko Henrichon In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escapes 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 in captivity?
- Published: 12 January 2008
- Format: Paperback 136 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781401203153 ISBN 10: 1401203159
- Sales rank: 18,120
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A Double Thumbs Up!
Inspired by the true story of four lions escaping from Baghdad zoo during the bombing of Iraqi in 2003, award winning writer Brian K. Vaughan imagines their story.
This is a fantastic tale told from the animal's point of view. Part Lion King part Watership Down you are able to make an emotional connection to these wonderful and wild creatures. There isn't a traditional plot as such, and thankfully it doesn't descend into an episode of Lassie, but there are a lot of subtle moral questions woven into the pride's journey if you are inclined to spot them.
The art is an absolute joy to behold and the vibrant, natural colours are a masterpiece themselves. The animals are faithfully rendered with dynamic poses and fluid musculature yet capable of conveying primal emotions you can empathise with. This is thick book but there are many more pictures than words allowing you to drink in the setting and leisurely bask in the tangible atmosphere.
If you are so inclined you can take a very powerful message from the author, or maybe you are bringing your own. A Double Thumbs Up! by 365 Graphic Novels