Review: Vaughan’s Pride of Baghdad

Pride of Baghdad

Brian Vaughan

Pride of Baghdad is a graphic novel about a group of lions set free by the US invasion of Iraq and their attempt to navigate the city during the invasion. It is a short little book (I almost feel guilty giving it a number in the notebook) but strangely moving. Its written by Brian Vaughn, one if the best writers I know in graphic novels*. He also writes Y: The Last Man, which is among the best comic books I have ever read.

The writing here is good, the plotting very good, and the art is fantastic. The book downplays the politics behind the Iraq was  the politics more than I would have like, probably in an attempt to reach a wider audience, but it is still a moving little work.

Recommended for the enthusiast.

*Note: I have no business making this pronouncement, I do not really read graphic novels.


About seanv2

Scholar, gentleman, jock. I run the website Milo and the Calf. There you will find the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire where runners share their stories of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. You'll also find my thoughts on endurance sports, ancient history, Judaism, and hundreds of book reviews.
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