Trading Views: Pride Of Baghdad

#1 Posted by johnny_spam (2035 posts) - - Show Bio

This was a beautiful book. Buy it!

#2 Posted by sora_thekey (8175 posts) - - Show Bio

A story about talking animals...
When I was younger my mom would read to ma a story about linos... a funny book that talked about friendship and morals and stuff... it was funny because I remember wondering if Lions really behaved this way, and if they were really like people in a way (I had this book and the Lion King movie... what do you expect?) but I became fond of lions because of this...
As you guys were talking about this I remembered those stories, so I am guessing I will like this!
 
 I will definitely try to find this book to buy it...

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#3 Posted by longbowhunter (7103 posts) - - Show Bio

Thank you both so much for reviewing this. I've always been curious about this book. I love Brian K. Vaughn's Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina and also have a real soft spot for animals (especially cats). I'm glad you said its good for people who dont read comics. I may get this for my girlfriend for her birthday. After reading Grant Morrison's WE3 recently I could really go for another talking animal book.
#4 Posted by Mainline (1129 posts) - - Show Bio

This is required reading and sits proudly on my shelf.

#5 Posted by EisforExtinction (1909 posts) - - Show Bio

Pride of Baghdad is my go to example of a graphic novel. Not only because it's good but because it isn't a collection of issues like what most people call graphic novels. For example people would call Watchmen a graphic novel but it's really a trade. Don't get me wrong I call them all comics but for people on their high horse that only claim to like graphic novels I tell them that Pride of Baghdad is a example.

#6 Posted by NXH (1031 posts) - - Show Bio

Great to see Trading Views again in such a long time. 
And yes, this graphic novel is very different to what you guys have reviewed in the past. 
As a massive fan of the lion king, I might check this out if i can borrow it, that is lol. 
Great way to start things off again, guys! 
Thanks =)

#7 Posted by ASKwhy (282 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a great book.  I have one myself and have given two as gifts.

#8 Posted by alicemalice (74 posts) - - Show Bio

A very excellent book, and was only more astounded when I found out it was based on a true story.

#9 Posted by G-Man (34459 posts) - - Show Bio

It's my goal to try to do these Trading Views more often. It's just a matter of time.

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#10 Posted by awakethefallen (2 posts) - - Show Bio

Checked this out from the local library a couple months ago and really liked it!

#11 Posted by Krak0 (14 posts) - - Show Bio

 The story is simple but the theme is not. This is one of those books that stands as an excellent piece of work and a fine addition to both the evolution of the graphic novel and a different point of view to the Middle East crisis.

#12 Posted by ForbushBug (496 posts) - - Show Bio

I was misty after reading this, it's that powerful.

#13 Posted by Dr. Detfink (460 posts) - - Show Bio

Brian K. Vaughn is the anti-Bendis. That is, he won't hog up 12 titles for himself. He writes very few titles at a time but when he does write, it's incredible.

#14 Posted by ImperiousRix (1069 posts) - - Show Bio

This was required in one of my English courses a few semesters back at my old Jr. College.  While I definitely did think the story is worth reading for a few different reasons, I'm not as enthusiastic about it as a lot of people.  To me, the themes are introduced and resolved too abruptly. 
I'd personally borrow it, but I'm in the minority. 
Great review, guys.

#15 Posted by Aronmorales (9434 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll have to check it out some time.
#16 Posted by mighty dude (405 posts) - - Show Bio

I really love this graphic novel. I bought it last year and thought it was awesome. Really great story. And the art is amazziiinngg.
#17 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

Absolutely loved this book, read it a few months ago and that ending still chokes me up, fine example of the perfect OGN. The artwork is flawless, the writing superb. Top notch.

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#18 Posted by zombietag (1494 posts) - - Show Bio

i love this book. its short and to the point, but really great and makes you think a lot. well done. i am definitely a briak k vaughn fan. 
 
 
ps your outfit is cute babs. no homo haha

#19 Posted by strangeling (180 posts) - - Show Bio

This is one of those books I've been meaning to buy.  My to-buy list just grows faster than I can keep up ( of course ).  I still plan on picking up the hardcover when I have enough spare cash and something else on my list isn't more appealing.

#20 Posted by Baddamdog (2223 posts) - - Show Bio

 JUST ORDERED IT! You guys should be salesmen lol...    

#21 Posted by TadThuggish (73 posts) - - Show Bio

I totally understand Babs' and G-Man's mutterings and talk-arounds and just saying "yeah it's good".  Pride of Baghdad is one of those things like To Kill a Mockingbird, or Watchmen, that's so great it's difficult to put words to.  Whatever your justifications or critiques or joys are, chances are it pales in comparison.

#22 Posted by D34dM4n (79 posts) - - Show Bio

this book was one of the first things i read when i was getting really heavy into comics (i kno im a bit of noob). they had it in my high school library and i loved it

#23 Posted by MrDirector786 (43564 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds like a nice story.

#24 Posted by csimon (2110 posts) - - Show Bio

I will have to check it out
#25 Posted by Silkcuts (5272 posts) - - Show Bio

BKV is money with he writes his creator owned books.  I loved this book.

#26 Posted by Soakle (38 posts) - - Show Bio

Brilliant book, so touching and beautiful. Brian K Vaughn can't put a step wrong when he does self-created stories. 
Hope there are more trading views - I need some recommendations for my shelf.

#27 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7823 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds like a very good read.

#28 Posted by Ban_Dark (22 posts) - - Show Bio

i read this book years ago and i loved it. the three triangle of any good comic (story-art-color) was amazingly done in this book. a must read graphic novel!

#29 Posted by CaptainUseless (730 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll definitely try and buy this. 

#30 Posted by Mistzero (2 posts) - - Show Bio

yeh this comic book story was very symbolic of the war's effect on the people of Iraq.  very powerful read.

#31 Posted by xkoenig (394 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes! This book is phenomenal. A great, great read.

#32 Posted by DeathinFire (281 posts) - - Show Bio

This book is one of the first I read when getting back into comics a few years ago.  It's still one of my absolute favorites.  Will you guys do "the Nightly News" next?  It was the other one that got me back into comics again.
#33 Edited by philippe_grenier (1 posts) - - Show Bio

This amazing book, which was first published in september 2006, was also made available two months later in a french translation by Panini Comics. This later version of the book actually won the "2006 Critiques BD!" award for best graphic novel of the year:
http://critiques-bd.over-blog.com/article-3422216.html 
 
Hopefully we will get to see more of Niko Henrichon's amazing work in the next few months!
 
Cheers,
 
Philippe

#34 Posted by Video_Martian (5645 posts) - - Show Bio

2 WORDS: BUY. IT!!!

#35 Posted by kittenpride (121 posts) - - Show Bio

This made me get a teary eyed. It's awesome.

#36 Edited by N7_Normandy (2430 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not very partial to emotional stuff like this

#37 Posted by Baal_Sagoth (39 posts) - - Show Bio

Great entry for your most interesting feature in my opinion! Being one of those silly Europeans trade paperback is the only form I can conveniently read comics at all so I'm all about your coverage of larger stories or collections of single issues.
PoB seems very unconventional so I'll have to check it out. That and the Chew collection you talked about in an earlier episode.

#38 Posted by jmills (19 posts) - - Show Bio

Best original graphic novel EVER!!! I know so many people that have been lured into comics with this book. Actually, anything Brian K. Vaughn is a good way to get people into comics, but this self-contained story is a low commitment way for people to check out the medium. One of my favourite books of all time. Love love LOVE!!! Oh, and I may be totally off and making assumptions, but because the artist is from Quebec City, I think his last name is pronounced ON-REE-SHOW. But I could be way off on that.

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