Asterix and the Black Gold (1981)

L'Odyssée d'Astérix

The village grinds to a halt as the price of petrol escalates.


Notable Nomenclature...

Presenting a pretentious thematic undercurrent...

Commentary on the modern-day dependency on oil and fuel.

Continuity; lack-thereof and other gaffes...

Cleverness and contemporaneity...

That Aston Martin chariot in full...

That army recruitment drive...

'Join the light cavalry they said...' (p 11).

Non-PC World

Jews handled sympathetically as thematic comrade-in-arms, understandably considering the underlying theme of wartime collaboration versus resistance in Asterix books, most explicitly Asterix and the Big Fight.

Obelix has a tender side...

Classic Pegleg...

Redbeard's Retort...

'Well I saved the ship didn't I?'

The African lookout's wittier retort...

'Whatever he means, I vote we play possum next time!'

Good or what?

Good.

'Asterix in the Holy Land': Best solo-Uderzo 'Asterix in...' book by virtue of it's original setting and on-target James Bond and Biblical humour. Relative lack of continuity jokes that tend to mar Uderzo's other books; and the ones that are there (e.g. return of Ekonomikrisis) are handled very well. Almost as good as a Goscinny/Uderzo book.