Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon
Published September 13th 2006
Genre: Graphic Novel
From one of America’s most critically acclaimed graphic novel writers – inspired by true events, a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War.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.
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?
Based on a true story, VAUGHAN and artist NIKO HENRICHON (Barnum!) have created a unique and heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can.
Pride of Baghdad is about four lions that escape from the Baghdad Zoo when the city is bombarded by the United States.
The pride has four lions: the male, Zill, an old lioness, Safa, an adult lioness, Noor, and her cub, Ali.
Zill was interesting but I feel like there was a lot of backstory that wasn’t explained what made me feel like there was something missing in the character.
Safa was the opposite. The reader gets to know her backstory in the beginning and it is heartbreaking. She was a strong character and really stood out in the story.
Noor was the smart one. I loved her. Even though she had flaws, she was always plotting and thinking of ways to survive. She did her best to protect Ali and the little cub was the cutest.
The plot was compelling. The story line was simple and what made this graphic novel really interesting were the character interactions. It is based on a real life event and it makes you think about all the innocent victims of this kind of disasters.
I’m giving it 4,5 because, even though we knew about Safa’s story, the reader doesn’t get to know Zill’s story.
Rating: 4,5 stars