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Pride of Baghdad Vaughan, Brian K./ Henrichon, Niko 1 of 1
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1401203159
ISBN-13: 9781401203153
Sku: 205824390
Publish Date: 1/1/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10H x 6.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  136
Age Range:  NA
In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid, roaming the streets in a desperate struggle for their lives. "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 actual events, this ingenious graphic novel follows four lions who escape from the Baghdad Zoo during the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. As the anthropomorphic lions wander through the surreal maelstrom of the bombarded city, they contemplate the philosophy of liberation: is it better to live in safe captivity or chaotic freedom? Drawn beautifully by Niko Henrichon and written by Brian K. Vaughan (his EX MACHINA won the Eisner award winner for best new series in 2005), the book marvelously contrasts the disparate worlds of the animals and the human destruction, and uses as this as a catalyst for rich metaphorical musings. There's a certain element of whimsy in the tale--a turtle mourns his dead family--but the underlying sentiments are serious and surprisingly potent.


"[PRIDE OF BAGHDAD] parodies the surrealism of war, with bewildered yet realistic animals among the ruined, megalomaniacal monuments of Baghdad....[It] is simple, lavishly drawn and devastating." 07/10/2006

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0136
Product attributePublisher:   Vertigo
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