Asterix in Belgium (1979)

Astérix chez les Belges

A, O & Vitalstatistix instigate The Battle of the Belge


Presenting a pretentious thematic undercurrent...

Philosophical debate about the nature of bravery, slightly reminiscent of the Norman's quest for fear in Asterix and the Normans.

Notable Nomenclature...

Continuity; lack-thereof and other gaffes...

Cleverness and contemporaneity...

Non-PC World

Obelix has a tender side...

Classic Pegleg...

Non licet omnibus adire corinthum = It is not given to everyone to reach Corinth. (A paraphrase of Horace, Epistles I.xvii.35.)

Redbeard's Retort...

'Well, what about it?'

Chubby-cheeked bloke...

He's the carefree, disinterested, strolling legionary who is slapped up by Obelix on page 4.

Good or what?

Good to What

Transitional book between Goscinny/Uderzo and solo Uderzo (it was illustrated years after Goscinny's death - where presumably the authors would formerly work on the realisation together) represents a curious "Asterix in ..." adventure where there is really very little said about the 'in'. The Belgians are seriously undercharacterised; and this is compensated for by cramming in every last modern-day-Belgium reference. There is some fabulous humour at the expense of Julius Caesar, though.