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Pride of Baghdad [Hardcover]

Brian K. Vaughan , Niko Henrichon
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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20 Oct 2006
Based on a true story, acclaimed writer Brian K. Vaughan ("Y: The Last Man", "Ex Machina") and hot new artist Niko Henrichon ("The Sandman Presents") present a tale of love, war...and pride. In war-torn Iraq, many casualties have gone unreported - among them, an escaped pride of lions. This struggling family of four great cats must find a way to stay together and avoid the deadly conflict that's exploding around them in a world they can never hope to comprehend. This thoughtful, beautifully illustrated original graphic novel will engage both your head and heart - and you'll look at the war on terror through new eyes.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (20 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845762428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845762421
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 17 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,221,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "The next big thing." - Ain't It Cool News (on Y: The Last Man) * "A seriously funny, nuanced fable... 'A'" - Entertainment Weekly (on Y...) * "Handled with a wit and sophistication that leaves most comics standing" - Time Out (on Y...) * "Vastly entertaining first collection should have readers eager to read future volumes." - Publishers Weekly (on Ex Machina)"

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Brian K. Vaughan's current work includes Ex Machina, Runaways and the smash hit Y: The Last Man. He has won several Eisner and Harvey awards. Niko Henrichon is a relative newcomer to comics, but made waves with his art for The Sandman Presents, and is currently working on a new graphic novel for Humanoids.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book... 20 Nov 2006
Astounding art and writing of a standard one expects from Vaughan. This is a thought provoking and tragic book, my only critiscism perhaps that it's too short to develop the characters fully.

To paraphrase the author in a BBC interview; people can perhaps engage more readily with the suffering of animals than they can with fellow humans who've been labelled 'enemy'

Surely graphic novels have proven themselves as an art form by now?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lion & Telling the Truth 28 Jun 2010
The partly true, harrowing, deeply moving story of an escaped pack of lions (note the double-meaning of the title) in Baghdad during the most recent (& ongoing) Iraq War II, this is a well (but not brilliantly)-drawn, beautifully characterised tale for the modern world. An original and powerful way of pointing out the mindless horror and gratuitous brutality of war in general & that war in particular, we follow the pride as they seek to survive and make sense of conflict-ravaged Baghdad.

It's somewhat short & the art work doesn't breathe the same air as Watchmen or The Killing Joke. Nevertheless, this one is for all of those people who have yet to realise that comic books - or Graphic Novels, to use their more respectable rebranded term - have grown up. If the aforementioned Watchmen or The Dark Knight novels are too long & daunting for you, this would be a very good place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 11 April 2014
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The art, the quality and the story I really enjoy this comic a lot. It was a great read! =)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Double Thumbs Up! 2 Jun 2013
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my new favourite Graphic Novel's 13 Feb 2013
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This is a new favourite graphic novel of mine, its a self contained book about lions whose zoo is destroyed in the Iraq war.

It is a beautifully moving and well illustrated story, which even though is told from the perspective of Lions is also about humanity.

I don't want to tell you too much about the story because I think half of what makes this story so great is that you follow the characters on a unexpected journey.

However I can say I was so enamored with this story that I read it in one sitting, only to put it down and pick it up five minutes later and completely re-read it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average in my opinion 21 Jan 2013
I'm slowly getting back into the world of graphic novels and for some reason I had this lying around my house. I can't even remember ever picking it up but after a quick flip through it I knew I had to read it. The art work is absolutely stunning.

I'm not going to break down every element of the story because I wouldn't even know how to do that. I will tell you that even if this book had no words in it, it would be worth picking up just to flick through.

I found the story line okay and I can see what they were getting at but at the same time if it wasn't for the artwork I could have seen me leaving this book unfinished. I'm not saying it's terrible or anything, just that it's not amazing either.

That been said I would still recommend this book but wouldn't want to over rate it for anyone. It's basically okay and I would give people a loan of it but probably wouldn't tell people to go out and buy it.
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