Phoenician merchant Ekonomikrisis has forgotten the druid Getafix's order for rock oil - an essential ingredient in the magic potion. So Asterix and Obelix go prospecting for black gold in the Middle East. Can they also outwit the Roman secret agent Dubbelosix and his amazing folding chariot, equipped with all the latest spy gadgets?
About the Author
Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. ASTERIX THE GAUL, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 35 Asterix albums.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Five out of ten. CBR format.
When Getafix runs out of rock oil, essential for magic potion, Asterix and Obelix go prospecting for black gold in the Middle Eastern desert.
Although I have them all, I am not a huge fan of the Asterix books - to my mind, they are not a patch on Tintin, but I must confess I have never been a fan of the sort of visual and verbal humour integral to the series. The Biblical references are fascinating, what with Yemenite Jews, Sumerians, assyrians etc etc. Best of all though is the roman style James Bond, a carefuly drawn caractature of Sean Connery, complete with sexy sports car [or chariot], explosive gadgets and a female underling [a carrier fly] who falls madly in love with him. The drawing is slick and the humour less slap-stick than usual. It was good to meet up with the Phoenician Ekonomikrisis again [last seen in Cleopatra] even if we did see less of the usual characters.