As my mother used to say, I have been running around like a chicken with its head chopped off. As I think I mentioned in a previous post, my father passed away on Easter. I am the executor of my father’s will and I took it upon myself to arrange the funeral, and go through his estate information. My dad was a hoarder so saying this was a nightmare does not adequately describing the blinding headache this experience has been.
All that to say, I haven’t been blogging a whole lot. For the first time in years I haven’t been reading a whole lot either. Goodreads informs me that I am 46 books behind my annual book reading goal, which is actually a hundred books less than last year.
Ah, well. Luckily, graphic novels are not long reads and I’ve always loved illustrated stories. This is part of a link up with Bookstooge and some others who are also reviewing this book. I’m not exactly sure how I link up. Hopefully Sir Bookstooge will help me out.
In the meantime, here’s my review:
Obelix, the big thundering refrigerator (except refrigerators haven’t been invented, yet) can knock whole legions of Roman soldiers into the stratosphere. With his little finger he can collect wild boar for the Gaullist feasts. He fears nothing and no one.
Except a gorgeous woman. Then he’s weak as a kitten.
The name of this beautiful woman is Panacea. I love these names pregnant with tongue in cheek meaning.
Unfortunately, Panacea has a fiancé, Tragicomix (see what I mean?) who has been conscripted into the Roman army and shipped to northern Africa. Obelix is heartbroken, but he is determined to save Tragicomix for the sake of Panacea.
That’s all you have to know, because then it’s the usual formula of Asterix and Obelix beating up Roman soldiers, meeting the pirate ship on their way to Africa and, you guessed it, obliterating all the pirates, eventually retrieving Tragicomix and returning him to his love, Panacea. Before, during and after this adventure, lots of puns, dry wit and very expressive illustrations accompany this basic plot.
No one reads Asterix and Obelix biting their nails, wondering how things are going to work out. We read it for the comic language and illustrations. I wonder if Italians read Asterix and Obelix?
One thing stood out to me. All the characters are so cartoonish and buffoonish in their drawing that Panacea and Tragicomix look almost boring compared to the rest of the cast.
I wrote this as a part of a link up to my blog. I’ve never done this before, so I hope I did it correctly.
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