Asterix Omnibus 2: Includes Asterix the Gladiator #4, Asterix and the Banquet #5 and Asterix and Cleopatra #6 in one large format glossy papered volume. “Asterix the Gladiator” is the story of the Romans capturing Cacofonix to feed him to the lions as a special treat for Julius Caesar. Asterix and Obolix join the Roman Gladiator school to rescue him and teach the Romans a lesson. “Asterix and the Banquet” follows Asterix and Obelix’s travels round the entire country of France to gather local specialties in order to make a massive banquet and to win a bet with the Romans who are surrounding their village. “Asterix and Cleopatra” follows Asterix and Obelix’s to Egypt where they assist one of Getafix’s old friends in building a huge palace for Cleopatra. This book also sees the introduction of another regular character in the shape of a dog called Dogamatix.
All three books are light hearted with plenty of jokes at the expense of Asterix’s enemies. Unlike the first volume where it took a while to get used to the style of writing this volume immediately flowed nicely and the translation was seamless. The stories were witty and perfectly paced and the jokes at the expense of the Romans are as funny as ever. I think with these three volumes the series really found its rhythm and it would be hard to pick a favorite amongst them.
The artwork and coloring is excellent and of a consistent high standard. There are tons of things going on in the backgrounds of the panels and the book is a joy to look at. The presentation is also really good in the oversized format and the colors are vibrant.
This is a another great collection that should appeal to both kids and adults alike. It certainly doesn’t feel childish in any way and the sense of humor makes it a light read. If you enjoyed the first omnibus you should enjoy this one too. ISBN-13: 978-1444004243. 8/10
“D-Day Fight or Die” is another great collection of Commando war stories featuring a D-Day theme. Just like the other books published by Carlton it features 12 black and white stories all reprinted at 25% larger than their original size. This collection includes:
- Ambush at Dawn
- The Strongpoint
- Normandy Drop
- Wrong Time, Wrong Place
- Big Joe
- Blood of Heroes
- D-Day Drop
- Operation Bulldog
- Wolf Pack
- Man of Iron
- Big Guy
- The Footsloggers
“D-Day Fight or Die!” is another solid collection and worthy of any Commando collectors library. [ISBN-13: 978-1847322838.]. 8/10