Pride of Baghdad – Brian K. Vaughan

Inspired by the true story of four lions escaping from Baghdad zoo during the bombing of Iraqi in 2003, award winning writer Brian K. Vaughan imagines their story.

This is a fantastic story told from the animal’s point of view. Part Lion King part Watership Down you are able to make an emotional connection to these wonderful and wild creatures. There isn’t a traditional plot as such, and thankfully it doesn’t descend into an episode of Lassie, but there are a lot of subtle moral questions woven into the animal’s journey if you are inclined to spot them.

The art is an absolute joy to behold and the vibrant, natural colours are a masterpiece themselves. The animals are faithfully rendered with dynamic poses and fluid musculature yet capable of conveying primal emotions you can empathise with. This is thick book but there are much more pictures than words allowing you to drink in the setting and leisurely bask in the tangible atmosphere.

If you are so inclined you can take a very powerful message from the author, or maybe you are bringing your own. A Double Thumbs Up!

273/92

Tomorrow: Walking Dead 17: Something to Fear – Robert Kirkman

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