Asterix the Gaul : Album 1 Paperback
Illustrated by Albert Uderzo
The year is 50BC, and all Gaul is occupied. Only one small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders.
But how much longer can Asterix, Obelix and their friends resist the mighty Roman legions of Julius Caesar?
Anything is possible, with a little cunning plus the druid Getafix's magic potions!
Their effects can be truly hair-raising...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 48 pages, 48
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 29/04/2004
- Category: Comic strip fiction / graphic novels
- ISBN: 9780752866055
Showing 1 - 5 of 5 reviews.
Review by tapestry100
I bought this in a fit of middle/high school French class nostalgia, as these were a favorite in class for a comical way to read something in French that wasn't from a text book.A fairly light and quick read, you get a good introduction to Asterix and his friends, mainly his best friend Obelix and the Druid, Getafix, who brews the magical potion that gives the Gauls their super-strength, which they use to keep the invading Romans at bay, thereby keeping their village the only remaining free village in Gaul. There is quite a bit of humor mixed into the story, especially with the characters names (such as Vitalstatistix, the village leader; Cacofonix, the village bard; and Centurion Crismus Bonus).In <i>Asterix the Gaul</i>, after Asterix singlehandedly defeats four Roman guards, Crismus Bonus sends a spy into the Gaul village to find out their secret. The Romans then kidnap Getafix to force him to make the magic potion that gives the Gauls their super-strength. Asterix goes to the rescue and then allows himself to be captured so that he and Getafix can have some fun at the Romans' expense. After some calamity with a super-strength potion that has some adverse effects, Asterix and Getafix are released through the help of an unlikely ally.<i>Asterix the Gaul</i> is a fun introduction to the <i>Asterix</i> characters and world. The art is fluid, colors are bright and the story is clever and humorous. Worth reading if you want a light, fun read.
Review by theboylatham
Six out of ten. CBR format.
Getafix is kidnapped by the Romans, meaning Asterix has to penetrate the Roman camp to get him back.
Review by jckeen
Asterix the Gaul, written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo, is a humorous and colorful graphic novel series that young students (up to adults) will enjoy. The story is set in 50 B.C. The Romans have conquered all of Gaul (France), except for one tiny village. It is here we find our protagonist, Asterix--a feisty hunter/warrior who loves a good fight. Asterix and his trusty friend, Obelix, have superhuman strength from the magic potion devised by the aptly named, Getafix--the village druid. When Getafix is captured by Romans, Asterix sets out to rescue him--but not before having a bit of fun at the expense of his adversaries. Page by page, the reader learns that Asterix is not only strong, but cunning as well. The ensuing mission unfolds into a series of hilarious pranks on the invaders.Asterix the Gaul is a terrific book for boys who will enjoy the colorful graphics and action-packed fight scenes (which are cartoonish in nature). Originally written in French, nothing appears to be lost in translation. In fact, it is a wonder that the jokes work so well in English as well. With thirty-seven books in the series, Asterix entertains for many hours of enjoyable reading.
Review by BenjaminHahn
The introductory volume to the Asterix story. The readers are introduced to the primary characters and reoccurring plot mechanisms such as the magic Celtic potions that are forever adding fun to the storyline. I look forward to finally starting this series.
Review by David.Alfred.Sarkies
Now that I have the complete Tintin collection I decided that I would get my hands on the other comic book series that I liked as a child, which surprise, surprise, was Asterix. I am sure many of you already know the premise behind Asterix, but since this is the first of the albums I thought that I might run through it anyway. The story is set in 50BC after Julius Ceaser has conquered Gaul, or almost. There is one little village on the coast of Gaul that just does not seem to be able to submit, so the Romans built four camps around the village and attempt to look for a way to bring them under the authority of Rome.This is the first album and it does show a lot, especially after you have read a lot of the others. In a way it seems very deficient, however we must remember that this is the first and we are seeing an introduction to the characters and the setting. In a way this is something that could only come out of France. It is amusing, silly, and the use of puns is very clever. This is seen a lot more in the later comics, though here the main antagonist, the centurion Crismus Bonus, gave me a good chuckle when I first encountered him.Most of the comics, when dealing with the little village in Gaul, will only have one of the camps. The four camps are Aquarium, Totorum, Laundanum, and Compendium. The camp that has the focus of this book is Compendium. As you read more and more of the comics you will encounter the style that Goscinny (who wrote the dialogue, Underzo did the drawings) uses. Each of the nationalities have their own little prefix, the Gauls having 'ix' at the end of all of their names (most likely being taken from the Gaul Ubercheiftain Vercingetorix) and all of the Roman's names end in 'us' (most likely taken from the name Julius, though other Romans of note also have a name ending in 'us' though you should note that not all of them follow that convention, though in the books they will generally have two names, such as Calligula Minus, the poor Roman that is picked to spy on the Gauls).The plot of this comic involves the Romans trying to find out the secret of the Gaul's ability to resist their might, so they disguise a Roman as a Gaul who sneaks into the village, finds the potion, and then returns back to the camp as strong as ever. Upon learning of the potion, they kidnap the druid Getafix (there are lots of puns like this, Vitalstatistix the chief, Fullyautomatix the blacksmith, and Cacofonix the bard). Asterix, who learns of this must then sneak into the camp to get the druid back.It is rather amusing, especially how the mighty Romans are scared stiffless of the little Gauls, and in many cases Asterix uses his ability to bluff to enable him to get around and reach his goals. Of course, upon learning of the potion, Crismus Bonus decides that to have this power would give him much more influence back in Rome, so decides to go his own way to depose Ceaser and set himself up as dictator. Okay, the history in these stories is really bad, particularly since at this point Ceaser would have been fighting the civil war. There simply did not seem to be a period of peace where Ceaser was ruling unchallenged, but this is a really minor aspect. These comics are not to teach history but to entertain.