Saturday, December 14, 2013

Graphic Novel Review of Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

Synopsis: "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."

My Review: Wow, I loved this graphic novel! It is a whole other point of view from the war. It really captured the animals and the struggles they faced when taken from the world they had come to know. This novel brings to light an unspoken cost of war, one that is not brought up often (though you hear about the loss of museums and artwork from WWII). It is said to be based on a true story and one I would like to find out more about.
My Rating: Brian K. Vaughan is quickly becoming my favorite graphic novel author! I love the realistic feel he gives to the characters and how well he brings the stories to life. I give this a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag

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