Astérix Sure Has Gaul

Though France has produced many famous artists, intellectuals and statesmen who might serve as the iconic face of the nation, perhaps none is as universally recognizable — and beloved — as the cultural ambassador who is making a triumphant return to public attention: the cartoon Gaulish warrior Astérix. The first new Astérix book in five years finds the hero of winged headgear in a novel bind — smitten for the first time ever, by Latraviata, an enchanting Roman spy.

'Astérix et Latraviata' sold a record 5.6 million copies across Europe in a week. It's the 31st book featuring...