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Pride of Baghdad (2006)

May 6, 2008

Yeah I know I just did a post about another of Brian K. Vaughan’s comics below but I just read this one off graphic novel also by him and it really warranted being written about. It follows the (somewhat) true story of a pride of lions who escaped from the Baghdad Zoo back in 2003 during the invasion of Iraq and while that may sound a little cheesy it’s actually really great.

The lions in the story are all made out to be interesting characters and individual characters, the novel really strays away from becoming a cheesy Disney movie (although the young cub is a bit Simba like) and instead focuses on a human war from a different perspective and because of this it works extremely well. The writing is excellent but the artwork by Niko Henrichon is amazing, he achieves the difficult task of making each character look unique and also does a fantastic job of the landscapes, particularly the desolate streets of Baghdad. He also draws some great action scenes and the colours are so vivid but yet so natural. The story is a simple one but it is told with such heart and honesty that it’s hard not to get involved with these characters; the ending is especially powerful. A great read and lucky for you the entire thing is available right below these here words.

Pride of Baghdad (2006)
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