Pride of Baghdad

Pride of Baghdad

Inspired by A True Story = Kibriyāʼ Baghdād

Graphic Novel - 2006
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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?
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2006
ISBN: 9781401203146
Branch Call Number: VAU
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged)
Additional Contributors: Henrichon, Niko
Klein, Todd
Alternative Title: Kibriyāʼ Baghdād


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Oct 28, 2018

During the American led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Baghdad zoo was destroyed and a pride of four lions escaped into the desolate city. Although I was impressed by the gorgeous full-color artwork in this book, the allegorical story was dull and much of the dialog was disappointing. The most interesting part of the story was the emotional subtext surrounding freedom: can true freedom be given or must it be earned?

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

A tale of the bombing of Baghdad from a unique perspective. A small pride of lions escape from their zoo when the bombs take down the walls, and wander the shattered human city while contemplating their freedom. This is a bit of a violent one, but it's good for that kid who is fast outgrowing the Erin Hunter books and maybe a little curious about what's going on in the Middle East.

VaughanPLKasey Nov 09, 2016

Based on true events, this graphic novel follows the story of a pride of four lions that escaped from the Baghdad zoo following an American bombing raid. The lions ‘ newfound freedom is, inevitably, fraught with danger and new challenges that they can’t understand and were not prepared for.

Niko Henrichon’s artwork is more than enough reason to pick up the book, but I also found the story deeply affecting, as the lions leave behind the caged safety they’ve always known, instead choosing freedom, whatever the cost (and the cost is high).

Apr 15, 2013

Pride of Baghdad is a fascinating look into the minds of animals and their perspective of a human world. The story is a quick read, but Brian K. Vaughan succeeds in giving each lion a unique, idenifiable personality. However, Henrichon's artwork is simply outstanding in this graphic novel, and makes it worth the price of admission. This is a powerful book that behests us to conisder what we are doing to the world that we share with others.

Jun 05, 2012

Americans know, and care, so little about the countries we invade. Here's a view of Baghdad we all should read; it was our bombs, tanks, and soldiers who destroyed it. Nine years later, it's worth it to ask, "Why?"

Nov 24, 2010

although I did like this graphic novel and i really felt for the characters, their were times that I felt the dialogue and the messages were a little heavy handed.

Nov 08, 2010

Surprisingly a good read, I've heard some great things about this one but never really had any real expectations for it. And finally I decided to pick it up even though I was still skeptical. And I'm pleased to say that I'm happy I did so.Once again after reading a Brian K. Vaughan graphic novel, I find myself feeling for the characters. He certainty doesn't believe in happy endings though. I was actually heart broken in the end, which is surprising considering the short amount of time we are given for character development. Well done.

carknerdy Aug 17, 2009

I didn't feel like this graphic novel really worked. At first it seemed to be trying to be an allegory for different nations in the middle east, but then it gave it up and just became a kind of animal story.

Yet another graphic novel about other countries/histories by north americans who don't seem to really evoke a sense of place or history..

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