Holiday Reading (long title)…
“How Obelix Fell Into the Magic Potion Whe He Was a Little Boy”
For those who have read an Asterix book or two will be well aware that his more ample mate, Obelix, possesses super-strength that does not require a sip or two of the magic potion made up by the village’s in-house chemist (meth lab?) Getafix. It is referred to on many an occassion how Obelix fell into the potion when he was a child, but now you get the actual story.
In a move away from the traditional cartoon panel layout, this story follows a story book with illustrations. It is narrated by Asterix and is set in a time when they may have been about five years old.
We get to see many of the other villagers we know and love at this age; Fulliautomatix, Cacofonix, and Unhygenix amongst others. We also see Chief Vitalstatistix, who is chief in this, but is younger and slimmer. We also meet the parents of both Asterix and Obelix.
Not laced with the normal humour/punning we are used to in Asterix volumes, and for a story it is also very short, and the end was shut off very quickly which was a disappointment. But still, as a historical record every bit as important as any other in Gaul, it makes a subtly pleasant change…although I wouldn’t be too quick to read another in similar format…cartoons and prose just do not mix!
Note, this is the last Asterix for a while. The library had them, and so I had to read them in the interest of world literature, of course.