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Underrated: Pride Of Baghdad

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Pride of Baghdad



Prideofbaghdad.jpgPublished by Vertigo  in 2006, Pride of Baghdad is graphic novel that tells the story of four lions who escaped the Baghdad zoo after an American bombing in 2003. Although the tale is based on a true story, the points of view it is told from trend further toward fiction than truth. Written by Brian K Vaughn, with art by Nico Henrichon the graphic novel actually won IGN’s “Best Original Graphic Novel” award the year it was released, but there has been very little chatter about the book since – though my benchmark for that is the fact I found the book in a thrift shop for $5 and had never heard of it before, and so twelve years after it was released, I wanted to let you know about the book.

I’m a little behind.

Pride of  Baghdad can be enjoyed on multiple levels, making it the rare book that can provide a different story each time you read it depending on what you want to take away from it. If you’re looking for a family’s tale of survival in a strange and barely familiar world then you will find that here. If you want a questioning look at the nature of freedom, war, family, captivity… then you will also be able to experience that. Vaughn and Henrichon were able to deliver a multifaceted book that offers an astoundingly deep story juxtaposed against a survivalist tale that works even if you don’t want to delve further into the commentary on the deeper aspects of the tale – it’s also possible that you simply didn’t pick up on that commentary – no judgement here. I didn’t the first time I read it, which leads me to my final point: the more you read this, the better it gets.

Pride of Baghdad is a phenomenal work, and it’s featured here because I had never heard about it until I saw it in the thrift shop – that’s why this is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Dead Boy Detectives Gets its Main Cast

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The main cast for Dead Boy Detectives has been revealed. The comic series will be coming to HBO Max with a pilot in the works. George Rexstrew, Jayden Revri, and Kassius Nelson will star in the lead roles.

Created by Neil Gaiman, the Dead Boy Detectives was released as a comic series from DC Comics. The Dead Boy Detectives are Charles Rowland (Revri) and Edwin Paine (Rexstrew) who decide to not go to the afterlife and instead stay on Earth and investigate supernatural crimes. They’re joined by Crystal Palace (Nelson) who is a psychic medium. Dead Boy Detectives was published by DC’s Vertigo imprint with a story by Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham and art by Mark Buckingham and Gary Erskine.

Reports have even more cast including Alexander Calvert as Thomas The Cat King; Briana Cuoco as Jenny; Jenn Lyon as Esther; Yuyu Kitamura as Niko; and Ruth Connell who will play Night Nurse.

Steve Yockey is writing and executive producing the pilot. Jeremy Carver, Greg Berlanti, Sara Schechter, and David Madden are executive producing.

The series isn’t a guarantee and just a pilot is in the works. Gaiman has had success currently with American Gods at Starz, Lucifer formerly on Fox and now Netflix and The Sandman coming to Netflix. Gaiman has an overall deal with Amazon which airs Good Omens. Amazon is also readying based on Gaiman’s Anansi Boys.

Netflix Releases a First Look at The Sandman

The highly anticipated The Sandman series finally has a first look in a new video released by Netflix that’s a little over a minute. The Sandman is based on the celebrated comic series from Neil Gaiman published by DC imprint Vertigo.

The Lord of Dreams has been summoned, and captured, by mortal men. Once free from his captivity, this eternal ruler of Dreams will realize that his troubles are only just beginning.

The series is Executive Produced by Neil Gaiman, Allan Heinberg, and David S. Goyer.

The DC Spotlight: Y The Last Man Sale Ends Today

With Y: The Last Man debuting, you can save on the comics with the DC Spotlight: Y The Last Man Sale!

There’s 75 releases on sale including collections and single issues. You can save up to 58% on collections and single issues are just $0.99!

Hurry, as today is the last day to save!

Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned

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Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is on Sale with the DC Spotlight: Sandman and the Sandman Universe Sale

Dive into the world of The Sandman with the DC Spotlight: Sandman and the Sandman Universe Sale!

The sale features 214 items including The Sandman, The Sandman Mysteries, and The Dead Boy Detectives.

Collections are up to 50% off with single issues just $0.99!

Hurry, the sale ends on August 23.

The Sandman Vol. 1: The Deluxe Edition: Book One

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Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is on Sale with the DC Spotlight: Sandman and the Sandman Universe Sale

Dive into the world of The Sandman with the DC Spotlight: Sandman and the Sandman Universe Sale!

The sale features 214 items including The Sandman, The Sandman Mysteries, and The Dead Boy Detectives.

Collections are up to 50% off with single issues just $0.99!

Hurry, the sale ends on August 23.

The Sandman Vol. 1: The Deluxe Edition: Book One

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Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is on Sale with the DC Spotlight: Sandman and the Sandman Universe Sale

Dive into the world of The Sandman with the DC Spotlight: Sandman and the Sandman Universe Sale!

The sale features 214 items including The Sandman, The Sandman Mysteries, and The Dead Boy Detectives.

Collections are up to 50% off with single issues just $0.99!

Hurry, the sale ends on August 23.

The Sandman Vol. 1: The Deluxe Edition: Book One

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Y: The Last Man’s First Trailer is Here!

We’ve gotten teases and now we have our first look at Y: The Last Man. The show is based on the acclaimed comic series published by DC ComicsVertigo imprint and created by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. The comic was published from 2002 to 2008 and ran for 60 issues.

The story involves an apocalyptical even where all living mammals with a Y chromosome simultaneously die. There’s two exceptions, Yorick Brown and a capuchin monkey named Ampersand. Yorick wants to find his fiancée while others want to figure out why Yorick died or capture the last man alive.

Y: The Last Man begins streaming exclusively on Hulu on September 13.

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