This graphic novel is not for the soft-hearted. I've been a fan of Brian K. Vaughan's thanks to his work on comic series like Y the Last Man and Runaways, and thought Pride of Baghdad sounded like something a little different than what he might normally do. In fact, it turns out to a lot like Grant Morrison's We3, which also deals with animals and is harrowing in similar ways.
Pride of Baghdad is based on a true story about four lions who escaped from the Baghdad zoo when the U.S. began bombing the city according to George W. Bush's orders. Niko Henrichon has created some magnificent art for the story - the lions have expressive faces, a snapping turtle changes things up a bit, and evidence of explosions and other scary war-type stuff is everywhere.
While I do generally recommend the book, animal-lovers who had trouble with movies like March of the Penguins might be best advised to stay away. For Vaughan fans, the story is more simple than is customary, but appropriate to the real-life material on which it is based. Surprisingly, there isn't much by way of political opinion here, so those who might have been turned away by ideas that differ from their own can feel comfortable picking the book up....Continua