Asterix and Obelix in the Army

Asterix The Legionary - René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo

Poor Obelix, he meets a girl with whom he falls in love only to discover that she has been engaged to somebody else and he has been drafted into the Roman Army to go and fight Ceaser's civil war against Pompey. Well, any love sick individual would probably sit back, wait until he is killed, and then make his move, but not Asterix and Obelix – they are too noble and honourable to do that, so they do what any good and noble person would do in such a situation – they join the Roman army to go off and rescue him.

Like the Asterix books before this one, I was in in stitches, particularly with the Egyptian, who, throughout the entire album, believed he was on some tour. Also, despite the strict discipline that is expected of those in the army, Asterix and Obelix managed to pummel their way through training and get off to North Africa, on their own terms, to rescue Tragicomix from the civil war and bring him back to his fiancée.

The civil war aspect is rather amusing because the whole idea of the Roman army fighting the Roman army is quite farcical, especially how they actually don't know who is fighting whom because they are all wearing the same uniform. I suspect that in reality (and this is not reality – this is Asterix) one could easily define who the enemy was, but then if they had done that it would not have been so amusing.

The other rather amusing aspect was how they had Obelix burst into tears when he discovered that the love of his life (or the latest one) was engaged to be married, and then from that point on whenever somebody burst into tears it had to be because their heart had been broken. Obviously there was no connection with the original one, though I do think it was because Asterix and Obelix first indicated that this was why they had burst into tears, and thus the other legionaries, who had the good chance of landing up in Asterix and Obelix's cohort, had picked up off of them.

So, another Asterix album finished, and one that is still up there with the others. There are still quite a few more to go, and at this stage I am still waiting for another two compendiums to arrive from the United States (and I do hope they get here because I am really stressing out about these latest Amazon orders), so I will hopefully manage to get through all of them sometime soon.