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Asterix and The Actress


One of the more recent volumes of Asterix.

Asterix and Obelix are surprised on their birthday (which is on the same day) and amongst the characters introduced in this one are both of their parents (who also appeared in “How Obelix Fell Into The Magic Potion…). The fathers have remained behind at their knick knack store and are due to join later but are arrested by some looking to depose Caesar due to a sword and helmet they swapped with a drunk Legionnaire.

In order to retrieve these items the Roman envoy Bogus Genius sends in the actress Latraviata with her consort Fastandfurious to retrieve them from the village where they were given as birthday gifts. The actress has been made up to look like Obelix’s old love-interest, Panacea (who must be said rates with Jessica Rabbit as one the most stunningly drawn cartoon characters – that’s not weird is it?). Read more…

Holiday Reading – Asterix and the Laurel Wreath


Asterixcover-18.jpgIt has been a long time since I read this one last, but some scenes come back as if only yesterday. The eighteenth volume of our heroes involves a bet between Chief Vitalstatistix and his brother-in-law, Homeopathix about who has access to power. In a drunken fit of rage the chief promises a stew seasoned by the wreath worn by none other than Caesar himself.

Of course what that means is Asterix and Obelix must get it, and via slavery, a riot at the Circus Maximus, a turn at street thuggery, and finally by chance they locate Caesar’s personal slave who is ‘coerced’ into stealing the wreath and swapping it for one made of parsley. Read more…

Book Review – Asterix in Britain


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Printed (in English) in 1970, four years after the original French publication, In Britain is the eight volume of the series, and as the name suggests has Asterix and Obelix travelling the English Channel to assist Asterix’s first cousin (once removed) in their battle against the Roman invasion occurring at the time.

This episode is one of the funnier books and is easily related to as the French obviously held the British in the same regard as the rest of the world and most of the mannerisms, colloquialisms and such are commonly perceived (either rightly or wrongly) the world over. Read more…

Book Review – Asterix and Caesar’s Gift


"These Gaul's are crazy"...

The 21st of the Asterix chronicles, the story follows an innkeeper, Orthapedix and his wife and daughter, as they travel to the little Gaulish village we all know and love to claim ownership…how this happens is after the inn-keeper takes the village as payment for a bottle of wine and a meal from a drunken Roman soldier who has had it gifted to him by Caesar for his 20 years loyal service.

This obviously does not sit well with the chief and what is loosely based on democracy the two battle it out to become chief of the village, only to have the Roman soldier come back to claim what is his. When refused he visits the nearest camp and they agree to invade for the pride of the Empire (somewhat hesitatingly) when they suspect there is no magic potion. Of course all hell breaks loose and normal transmission resumes.

This is not a bad book and has some great little snippets with the new ‘villagers’ and parodies the skullduggery and backhanders of modern political battles.

As usual there are some great takes on names including;

  • Legionnaire Egganlettus who resigns with the army after finding farming lettuces dull
  • Centurion Tonsilittus, commander of the fortified camp of Laudanum
  • Angina, wife of the inn-keeper
  • Influenza (also referred to as Zaza), the innkeeper’s daughter
  • And though I had forgotten it, Bacteria, wife of Unhygenix the fish monger.

Interesting facts from this story include the reference to Zsa Zsa Gabor and in a sword fight between Asterix and the drunk Legionnaire (Tremensdelerius) he carves a “Z” into his shirt which she takes as a sign of his love for her which isn’t clear in the story, however makes reference to the TV series “Zorro” which was playing in Europe at the time of publication. The sword fight also pays reference to Hamlet with prose from the play, although in the French publication is quotes Cyrano de Bergerac. While Asterix always has his sword with him, this is one of only a few scenes he actually uses it.

Cacofonix the Bard is not tied up at the end of this episode, and in fact can be seen chatting to Influenza at the banquet, possibly as they both have an interest in all things from the city (in this book, referring to the city of Lutetia).

 

 

Book Review – Asterix in Belgium


Boar must be extinct in Europe...

Thanks Karen for lending me this.

The second ever Asterix story I ever had been this one and when my eldest found it at friends and showed me I had to read it again. And like those years ago, I thoroughly, thoroughly loved it. In fact, right now, I cannot think of one I like(d) more.

This is the 24th volume (1980) of the series and follows Chief Vitalstatistix, Asterix, Obelix and little Dogmatix as they enter Belgium in an effort to find out why Caesar has called the Belgians the bravest people on the world instead of our heroes (although in reading almost the whole lot, I would have thought the Normans were). Read more…

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