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?
wurdnurd, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by wurdnurd)
Beautifully drawn and simply written, this fictionalized story of four lions inadvertently freed from the Baghdad Zoo during the US invasion of Iraq demonstrates that not all casualties are human nor cute and cuddly. The lions roam the streets of Baghdad, attempting to make sense of this unfamiliar territory, along with the rest of the freed animals. The brutality of life among the wild animals in a war-addled city, combined with the tragic (though justified) ending create a stirring fable and standing questions, like what is freedom, and at what price can freedom be gained, stay with the reader long after the last page.
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