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Pride of Baghdad

Written by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon

Pride of Baghdad .

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Imprint: Vertigo
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: January 2008
Price: $14.99
Can. Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-0315-3 (1-4012-0315-9)
Pages: 136



 
In the award-winning series Y: THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA, 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.

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 to survive. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of freedom.

Inspired by a true story, Vaughan and artist Niko Henrichon (BARNUM!) have created a unique window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can.

Praise for PRIDE OF BAGHDAD:

"A heartbreaking look at what it's like to live in a war zone. Inspired by true events, this story tells of four lions that escape from the Baghdad Zoo during a bombing raid in 2003 and encounter other animals that offer unique perspectives, such as a tortoise that survived World War I. They begin to question the nature of freedom. Can it be achieved without being earned? What is its price? What do the lions owe the zookeepers who took care of them at the cost of keeping them in captivity? Where should they go? What should they eat? The four lions soon realize that a desert city is nothing like the grassy savannas of their memories. Their experiences mirror those of the Iraqi citizens displaced by the conflict. The book succeeds as a graphic novel and as an account of the current crisis. Henrichon's full palette emphasizes browns and grays that evoke the sands of the country, while his long brushstrokes and careful attention to detail reflect the precise and minimalist dialogue that Vaughan uses. An allegorical tale with compelling and believable characters, Baghdad makes it clear that without self-determination, there can be no freedom."
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