Inspector General Overanxius arrives in the fortified Roman camp of Compendium on a mission from Julius Caesar to lead the local garrison against the village of indomitable Gauls. Centurion Lotuseatus warns him the Gauls are dangerous, but the attack goes ahead, only to be soundly repelled. Undeterred, Overanxius erects a stockade around the village to prevent the inhabitants from spreading their rebellious ideas through Gaul. Asterix bets that he and Obelix will escape the village and go on a tour of Gaul, collecting regional culinary specialties for a banquet upon their return. Overanxius promises to raise the stockade if they succeed.
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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Albert Uderzo Illustrator. Gaul, now France, has always been famous for its food and drink - so when, for a bet with the Romans, Asterix and Obelix travel round collecting local delicacies they start on the journey home with all sorts of goodies.
First, however, they must outwit the thieves Villanus and Unscrupulus. And who's that little dog who has been following them all the way? Get A Copy. Paperback , 48 pages. Published April 29th by Asterix first published February 7th More Details Original Title. Asterix , Obelix , Asterix , Obelix. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Asterix and the Banquet , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Asterix and the Banquet. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 29, Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing. In Asterix and the Banquet, one of the earliest Asterix adventures, Inspector General Overanxius orders a stockade be built around the rebel village to contain them so Asterix makes a bet with the Roman.
The race is on! And even though each half page usually about panels was serialised in magazines and newspapers, collected into the books, they read seamlessly. Strangely for a French comic translated into English, a lot of the humour is linguistic with more than a few puns that are a bit cheesy, but I still love a lot of the physical gags.
Like when the Romans are trying to put our heroes in chains but they keep breaking out because of their super-strength, and the repeat joke of the Pirates still gets me. The Banquet is a wonderful read and probably one of the best comics in this series, suitable for, and recommended to, readers of all ages. By Toutatis, this book is great! View all 9 comments. Mar 09, Manisha rated it really liked it Recommends it for: fans of Asterix. Shelves: 4-star-reads , graphic-novels-manga-manhwa , genre-fantasy , sff-middle-grade , genre-comedy.
Actual review: 4. Feb 07, Kavita rated it it was amazing Shelves: france. Romans are up to their tricks! General Overanxius decides to build a stockade around our Gaulish village to isolate them and hoping they would eventually surrender. But such scare tactics don't work with our heroes. Asterix and Obelix challenge him that they would go around the country buying delicacies and then invite him to a feast.
And we are on! The two friends make a tour of Gaul, which would later come to be known as Tour de France. They buy local delicacies from all over Gaul, all the whil Romans are up to their tricks! They buy local delicacies from all over Gaul, all the while dodging Romans and having adventures.
Of course, there is a lot of support for the two throughout Gaul, which only helps their cause. This is a very tightly woven narrative and the artwork is awesome! And oooh, Dogmatix makes his debut in this book, though he isn't named yet! The entire book was extremely funny, though my favourite joke was the traffic "amphoranecks" in Lutetia during summer. Nov 07, Dirk Grobbelaar rated it it was amazing Shelves: graphic-novels-comics.
Quite a bit of fun, this. When a stockade is built around their village, Asterix makes a bet with the Romans that not only will he escape the stockade, he will go on a grand tour of Gaul France and return with culinary specialities from each region.
As proof of the success of his bet, the dishes are to be served at a special banquet. Even though the plot is fairly nonsensical this time round, this outing is quite Quite a bit of fun, this.
Even though the plot is fairly nonsensical this time round, this outing is quite a bit of fun. Each region visited by Asterix and Obelix have their own specific quirks, and everywhere they go the locals band together to assist Asterix in confounding the Romans. All told, this story moves quite fast. This is also the book that introduces a certain little dog that starts following Obelix around….
Jun 21, David Sarkies rated it liked it Shelves: comedy. Another bet, another victory over the Romans 21 July For some reason after rolling on the floor in laughter with Asterix the Gladiator this one seems to pull back a notch. I guess one of the problems was that we are sort of introduced to Fulliautomatix in this book but it is not the Fulliautomatix that we know and love. In fact when he appears he pretty much looks like the standard Gaul.
However this is still one of the earlier albums so the concept is still in development. The Romans come u Another bet, another victory over the Romans 21 July For some reason after rolling on the floor in laughter with Asterix the Gladiator this one seems to pull back a notch. The Romans come up with a new idea to attempt to pacify this rebellious Gaulish village in the north of Amorica and that is to impose economic sanctions, and they do this by building a stockade around the village so that while nobody can get in and theoretically nobody can get out.
As a bet Asterix and Obelix decide to go on a tour of Gaul collecting food for a banquet which they will throw when they get back. Getting out of the village was easy, they just bashed through the wall, but as they travel around Gaul they have the Romans hot on their tails attempting to prevent them from returning home and winning the bet. This album sees the first appearance of Dogmatix, Obelix's dog. In fact his introduction is actually really clever in that one minute he is not there and the next minute he is running after them.
When I suddenly discovered Dogmatix following them I had to backtrack to find out where he first appears, and it is outside a meat shop in Lutetia. However, neither Obelix or Asterix seem to actually realise that there is this little dog following them all over Gaul, that is until they get back to the village and Dogmatix barks attracting Obelix's attention.
It is also cute not only how you see him following them everywhere, but whenever they go inside, Dogmatix parks himself outside the door and waits for them to come out again, and then he continues following them. I know the following is probably a bit deep for an Asterix comic, but then again I never said that Asterix comics were not satirical. What we see here is the strategy where if the enemy cannot be beaten in direct combat or overrun immediately, you settle in to protracted siege warfare.
In a sense besieging the village is really going to have little economic effect because it is clear throughout the comics that this little village is self contained, with fish in the ocean and boar in the forests. What the Romans want is to isolate this village so that their ideas cannot spread out to the rest of Gaul and thus undermine Roman rule.
What Asterix and Obelix are doing is demonstrating that there is nothing the Romans can do to keep them bottled up, and as they continue travelling around Gaul you see a larger and larger following in support of them.
Once again the names come into play, though I must admit that it is very evident that some of the puns that were used in the original have not translated across all that well. However there are two incidents where they are betrayed, and it is very evident the nature of these characters by their names, for instance Uptotrix. It appears that the writers use of the names is to pretty much define the character, as well as a form of pun. As I said this is not one of the best, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Nov 16, Matthew Hunter rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction , humor , comics-graphic-novels-manga. Note to self - never place blind trust in someone named Uptotrix. Using names as character tells is an old storytelling device. Goscinny uses the device repeatedly to make groan-inducing puns. It works for me. Small groups of motivated, fearless individuals can make life miserable for empires.
Threats of force only propel Asterix and Obelix further along the path of insurgency. Here's a challenge from empire: "Since you're so clever, by Minerva, I'm shutting you up in your village! You won't be ab Note to self - never place blind trust in someone named Uptotrix.
Asterix and the Banquet