Asterix and the Falling Sky

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Asterix and the Falling Sky
(Le ciel lui tombe sur la tête)
Asterix and the Falling Sky.png
Date 2005
Series Asterix
Creative team
Writers Albert Uderzo
Penciller Albert Uderzo
Inker Frederic Mebarki
Letterer Michel Janvier
Colorist Thierry Mebarki
Original publication
Date of publication September 2005
Language French
Preceded by Asterix and the Class Act
Followed by Asterix and Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book

Asterix and the Falling Sky (French: Le ciel lui tombe sur la tête, "The Sky Falls On His Head") is the thirty-third volume of the Asterix comic book series, by Albert Uderzo (story and illustrations). It was released on October 14, 2005.

Uderzo had been adamant this was not to be the last Asterix album, saying in a Financial Times interview, "No, no, no, it is not the last. Certain journalists believed this because the cover was the mirror image of the first Asterix album. That is indeed the case but it was not at all my intention to suggest it would be the last album." [1]

Plot summary[edit]

Breaking with the more or less historical setting in previous albums, two rival outer space alien ships appear above the Gaulish village.

Before it, Obelix and Asterix were hunting boars, when they found one rigid. As they went back to the village, everyone is also rigid while indulged in a fight. Luckily, Getafix was in his normal state, and says he was just testing the magic potion, causing Asterix to realise the magic potion has made them immune to the effects, and also that Obelix has been giving Dogmatix magic potion. Soon, they found a spaceship resembling a gigantic yellow sphere, from which an alien named Toon emerges. He reveals he forgot to switch off a landing device on his ship, which has led to the village becoming rigid. Soon, when the ship departed, everything was normal again.

The evil aliens Nagma want to know the secret of, and confiscate the "great weapon" the Gauls have (Getafix's potion), that is "known throughout the universe", in order to conquer more planets. However Toon comes to the village, after burning down a Roman Camp, with the mission to destroy the weapon. It turns out the potion causes immunity to many of the alien devices. Nagma was forced out of Earth in his defeat, and Toon erases all memory of his visit due to his embarrassment over him being temporarily enlarged to giant size when he consumed the potion due to it being incompatible with his physiology.

The aliens are styled on the happy-faced Walt Disney and DC Comics superheroes of the American comic book style on one side, and futuristic robot and insect-like Japanese manga style on the other.