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Asterix and the Black Gold

(Astérix #26)

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Phoenician merchant Ekonomikrisis has forgotten the druid Getafix's order for rock oil - an essential ingredient in the magic potion. So Asterix and Obelix go prospecting for black gold in the Middle East. Can they also outwit the Roman secret agent Dubbelosix and his amazing folding chariot, equipped with all the latest spy gadgets?
Paperback, 48 pages
Published November 15th 2001 by Asterix (first published January 1st 1981)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
L'Odyssée d'Astérix = Asterix and the Black Gold (Astérix #26), Albert Uderzo
Asterix and the Black Gold is the twenty-sixth volume of Asterix comic book series, originally published in 1981. It is the second book to be both written and drawn by Albert Uderzo. The book begins with Asterix and Obelix hunting wild boar until one boar leads them to a Roman patrol, which the Gauls vanquish while the boars escape. In Rome, Julius Caesar orders M. Devius Surreptitious, the head of M.I.VI, service, to
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Katerina💕
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love asterix books they have history and funny cartoons!
Vitalia
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, french
Another fun Asterix read.

Synopsis
Panoramix needs a special ingredient to make the magic potion but he ran out and now the Gauls are pretty defenseless.
At the same time, the Romans send a spy, Zerozerosix to Galicia to find out the secret recipe of the magic potion.
As Asterix and Obelix set out to find the missing ingredient Zerozerosix joins them and tries to stop them.

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It's a fun read as always, with a lot of jokes a bit ahead of their time. This one had Asterix and Obelix staying in
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Linda
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
AWESOME!!! There is nothing that comes close to Asterix - I have the whole series, both on e-books and hard-copy and they are some of most treasured possessions. I grew up with them and they are simply the best!
Nigel kimber
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The quest for black gold.

When the Phoenician trader Ekonomikrisis fails to bring rock oil (an ingredient for the magic potion) to Getafix . Asterix & Obelix 's quest for black gold begins. And a funny quest it is too. Accompanied by Dubbelosix a Roman agent posing as a druid & looking like Sean Connery who is determined to stop them.
There are sea battles, a fantastic drawing of Jerusalem on page 30 and even a cameo appearance by Goscinny as a guide.A stunning picture book with plenty of
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Angel
Quick impressions: Another nice entry in this series. This time, when Druid Getafix runs low on rock oil, an essential ingredient to make that potion that gives Gauls superhuman strength, it falls to our heroes to go to the Middle East to find some. Light humor, a nice history lesson here or there (authors now and then do put in a footnote to real history in the text), and a few cute pop culture references. One of my favorite series.

(Full review on my blog later)
Luis Tormento
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book begins with Asterix and Obelix hunting wild boar until one boar leads them to a Roman patrol, which the Gauls vanquish while the boars escape. In Rome, Julius Caesar orders M. Devius Surreptitious, the head of M.I.VI, service, to send an agent to infiltrate the Gauls. This agent is a Gaulish-Roman druid known as Dubbelosix, who travels in a folding chariot full of secret devices. Dubbelosix and Surreptitius communicate via a carrier fly, who develops a crush for Dubbelosix. In the ...more
Anna
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this one, Asterix and Obelix have to the Middle East to procure some Black gold - oil - which Getafix uses as an ingredient for the magic potion.

Funny, full of references to modern-day and with a little twist at the end.
Laura
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, humor, comics
Uderzo only but still very good
Jc
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Asterix in search of oil in the Middle East.
Ali
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Getafix, the druid has run out o frock oil, and that is the essential ingredient to make the magic potion! So Asterix and Obelix have to go search for rock oil to make the magic potion again.
Nathan
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Quite the eventful journey. Entertaining encounters crossing the desert.
Alyson Dickerman
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love these books. I read so many of them when I was a kid and it is always a joy to read them again. I usually find a joke or two that went way over my head when I was 10!
Rollie Reid
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Uderzo is not quite the writer that Goscinny was, but he's not bad, and this is a true Asterix adventure. It is not one of the best, but it is still very good.
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K
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Kids aren't reading Asterix these days so I read one to see why. I found it a better read than I expected. I'm not sure kids today would get the jokes and the stereotypes, but to me as an adult, it all brought a smile. The characters all had terrific silly names that showed their nature.
The most brilliant part of the book was its dead-on accurate take-down of Western problem solving. The rock oil (petra oleum) helped create the magic elixir (a thriving economy). When Asterix and Obelix's
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Heather
If I made the kids map this out...maybe I could count it as geography!

Another library sale find. My oldest had read a few from the library, which apparently they don't carry anymore so we bought it to preserve for (our) future generations. After he read it he INSISTED that I read it and placed it in front of me all day, for two days. I finally caved and read it. It was funny. There are some great plays on words that most kids won't get, for example, the trader's name is Economikrisis, but I sure
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Rae Stoltenkamp
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve never read any of the Asterix series and love the humour of Terry Pratchett then these books are an absolute must for you.

This particular tale of the adventures of Obelix and Asterix takes us from Gaul (France for the uninitiated) to Mesopotamia (area encompassing Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey) as the duo go in search of “petra oleum” while fighting off hordes of Roman legions. My favourite things from these books are: the character names (Ekonimikrisis is the name of the merchant), the
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Matthew Hunter
I've gotten so accustomed to ripping these Goscinny-less attempts by Uderzo that this one took me a little by surprise. It's better. The bit on warring in the Middle East between Medes, Akkadians, Assyrians, and Hittites is well done. I chortled. Wordplays continue to fall flat. The idea of finding alternative ingredients - beet juice - to replace volatile, dirty, and hard to find petroleum in the making of the secret potion made me happy. Overall, a good read. Still falls short of most Goscinny ...more
Jerome
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asterix and Obelix travel to Judea to find oil, which is somehow one of the vital ingredients of the Gaul's magic potion. At the same time, the Romans send one of their agents (a clear parody of the Sean Connery version of James Bond) to infiltrate their mission. The book has many references to biblical-era Palestine (resting in Bethlehem, the hand-washing of the Roman prefect, etc.) We also see the return of Ekonomikrisis, and a hilarious parody of the conflict between the Akkadians, Hittites, ...more
Karhum Ghassan
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I literally thought black gold was black gold haha sad it was oil I will never drink magic potion with oil because if i eat hot boar after I I would burn inside out inside By the way oil is .......... Oil which is urghhhhh no Odense oil but at the end I bet or should i say in no doubt Asterix was outraged
Frederick Tan
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Without the powerful potion whipped up by the Druid Getafix, Asterix and his fellow villagers would never have the strength to fight Caesar’s legions. Now Getafix has run short of rock oil, an essential ingredient in the concoction. So the rush is on to get the vital ingredient before Caesar over run the little Gaul village by the seaside.
Bruce
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, humor
Asterix the Black Gold – A&O nearly die of exposure in the Arabian desert trying to obtain some “rock oil” for Getafix; prompting modern readers to ask, what good is this petra oleum, anyway?
Vicente L Ruiz
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Possibly the beginning of the decline. I recall The Great Divide as being fun and having some of the depth Goscinny gave to Asterix's adventures, but Black Gold starts showing how sorely missed he was.
Verity
Mar 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asterix
Another fav Asterix adventure, in Mesopotamia. The cover says it all. The poor camel is dismayed (oh no... him again ?!?), overworked & too exhausted to carry obese Obelix, so the camel rides on Obelix's back for a change. Classic.
Saint No Stopping Us
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, comics

Five out of ten. CBR format.

When Getafix runs out of rock oil, essential for magic potion, Asterix and Obelix go prospecting for black gold in the Middle Eastern desert.

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Steef
Of all Uderzo's solo editions, I consider this to be the 'best of the worst'. It's not up to par with Goscinny's work, but it's getting close. Decent plot, but the ending's a bit weak.
itchy
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: portable
with sean connery guest starring as m.i. vi's dubbelosix, i'm doling out full stars for this one
Derek Baldwin
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual array of silly names, slapstick and ultraviolence.
Denim Datta
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, comics, comedy
26th book of Asterix Obelix series.

Secret Service Agency M.I.VI (MI6) and agent Dubbelosix (006), and the bug (first use of bug by secret service)... really Funny story.
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Albert Uderzo is a legendary French artist and illustrator, best known for his collaborations with the late René Goscinny on series such as Asterix.

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