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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…

Asterix and The Chieftan’s Shield


File:Asterixcover-11.jpgThis volume (the 11th in the series) is notable for touching base on the Battle of Alesia (“I don’t know where Alesia is?”) which is somewhat ironic as the whereabouts of Alesia itself was not known until after this was printed.

It chronicles the story of how Chief Vitalstatistix came to obtain his well-known shield on which he is carried and the race between Asterix and Obelix to find it before Julius Caesar.

It is the first book to name Vitalstatistix’s wife, Impedimenta, and is one of the few books to not have the bard, Cacofonix tied up at the end (in fact he is shown to be eating and getting merry at the traditional book-ending banquet).

The Gaulish coastline features as the backdrop to this story and makes references specifically to the heath spas and love for wine that dominate the area. Some of the classic characters that pop up are Winesandspirix, the ROman Envoy Noxius Vapus, a lazy Legionnaire Pusillanimus, Lucius Corcumbendibus who is a wheel manufacturer (loosely based on the Michellin factory) and Marcus Carniverus who owns an in serving wine and boar.

Some good bits in this, not one of the best, but certainly not one of the worst.

Holiday Reading (long title)…


“How Obelix Fell Into the Magic Potion Whe He Was a Little Boy”

How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion When…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. 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).

 

 

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