Plot summary. The story begins with Vitalstatistix receiving a missive from his brother Doublehelix in Lutetia (modern-age Paris) who wants his aid in making a . Read Asterix Online. – Asterix and the Normans (), – Asterix the Legionary (), – Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield (), – Asterix at . Asterix: Asterix and the Normans by Rene Goscinny, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Goscinny sets up a little dramatic premise, and then milks it with comedic bits for all its worth. It almost feels right off the bat like Goscinny is going to expand thhe Village a bit here.

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The stories tend to concentrate astegix the core four — Asterix, Obelix, Getafix, and Vitalstatistix — and everyone else falls into the background. By the way, take a look at that image of the village above.

I have an unnatural love for this type of architecture. Check out the thatched roofs and all the wooden pieces drawn in to the roof to keep the house in shape.

Check out the different designs of aand the houses we see in this panel. We get triangular and circular and square-ish homes all along the same walking path. Uderzo adds in the little details, like the normxns in the window box, or the laundry hanging out the window on the area where glass would go, if they had it at this point.

The alternating wooden sticks tbe the crest of the roof at the bottom of the panel is wsterix interesting to me. They like proteins of all kind, so long as they come with a with a cream sauce. And they drink lots of cider as if it were a magic potion. They are brutal, violent aggressors. But they can also be polite and informartive, willing to share in the good times.

But they know no fear. This book is about their attempt to learn about fear. As a character type, I love them. All of the Normans alternate between polite and informative, and then brutish and violent.

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He tries to bring rock n astrrix music ane the village, which gets a mixed reaction. Things go really south when he spots the Normans coming in from offshore. He finds this to be a reason to panic. Meanwhile, the village is ready to start a celebration, tripping nlrmans one another to go meet the Normans to pummel them. But the Normans capture the fleeing Justforkix, and Asterix and Obelix are suddenly on a rescue operation.

And as much fun as everything in the book leading up to that was, the Cray-Zee stuff starts there. The climactic concert scene cracked me up so much that I had to go back and read it twice for fun. Oh, and there are some Romans in this book. The Gauls and the Norman get along very well, when you think about it. They have bushy mustaches. In this book, we learn that Dogmatix is an environmentalist.


He cries when Obelix accidentally uproots and tosses asherix tree. And then Goscinny goes on to make him the butt of all the jokes and the wimpiest idiot in the book. This book print edition has the worst reproduction problems of the series so far.

There are panels in the second half of this book that look un-inked. Some pages also look like frer out of focus, like they were photocopied from the original books and not rescanned or re-imaged from the original film. Look at Cacofonix on the left panel in the edition of the book.

They cleaned those up dramatically for the remastered edition on the right. The same goes for the line across the right side of the nomrans. The colors are a ajd better, too. My scan takes a little bit of the saturation out of the colors on the left, but the colors in the new digital, in this case edition are bolder and work better. I also like that the patch on his bindle is a different color than the rest.

The Norman Chief Timandahaf wins this book. My favorite is near the end in this panel:. They find this laughable. That hypocrisy is what makes it so funny. The new editions have a dramatically different cover, not just a recolored one.

One of the weaker Asterix adventures, memorable because Cacofonix gets to be the hero. Also, Asterix and the Soothsayer shows a modern skyscraper.

This story originates in the political context of the times. The Normans are astefix people who invaded England at the time of William the conqueror and overpowered the Saxons remember the the Robin Hood backstory so it can be seen as a parallel of that, transposed feee France.

Sounds a lot like the civil unrest and protest going on in the States to a different degree in the s, too. I was just reading about that a couple of weeks ago when that Goscinny article went up at TCJ. That was NOT a good month for poor Goscinny, either.

I like that all-knowing wink from Asterix. True it was a hard time for him. He was the older suit-and-tie generation and the pot-smoking youngsters from the Pilote bullpen were giving him a hard time. The story goes that he rejected a cartoon, they gave him a lot of grief, and years later they all regretted it. I think Moebius was in on that meeting, too. It sounds like just an awful, awful day for all involved. I suspect it might have been better if the villagers were fully formed.


It annoys my wife — which is a bonus. That Justforkix hair color on the cover is just weird. I blame Uderzo being color blind and coloring it himself.

Either that, or Justforkix nomans a strawberry-blond, and the cover leans more on the strawberry side of things. Is anyone buying that? Long hair and bushy mustaches. It was always one of my favourites as a asterrix, I remember feeling the Normans provided real menace and were a genuine threat.

I also love the way we get the best of both worlds. We get the culture clash of a travel book and the zsterix luxurious pace of a village book. For me this benefits many things. The humour has some lovely recall freee. The challenge the Normans face is used and stretched to its limit, BUT never over stays it welcome.

I love the way the Romans allowed their time but again their relationship to the story is different and fresh. It also has the development I so crave in these earlier stories. The village is also start to evolve and take shape. It all feels so cheeky and carefree. It also feels liberated and they are so confident they play with the overall format and structure.

The winner for me is the great off screen punsters, Riffraf and Autograf — love the way the play with whole punning thing, another sign of the confidence on show here… though Selfservix gets a special mention.

Anyway loved this one overall and dare I say it its as good as any so far for me and on that basis its gets a richly deserved. Seriously, there are a few standout pun names that I remember clearly from my childhood because I loved them so much: This book would definitely qualify as that point.

Never heard of the word before. It would also be the best anx had I known it as he is indeed very sycophantic, straight laced legionnary and so its brilliantly apt. Bring him round here, all.

09- Asterix and the Normans

Which makes us Anglophone fans wonder, how much of our love for Asterix is for Anthea Bell rather than Goscinny? Just goes to show how the precise use of language is so important and in a book so based on wordplay like Asterix its even more so. These stories really are the perfect union of words and pictures. The next review asterixx be up on Wednesday this week, I think. Small chance of Thursday, but I think Wednesday is a likely day to post the review.