Asterix and the Actress – Book 31

Asterix and the Actress – Book 31

Asterix and the Actress (French: Astérix et Latraviata, “Asterix and Latraviata”) is the 31st volume of the Asterix comic book series, written and illustrated by Albert Uderzo.

Asterix and Obelix receive a surprise birthday visit from their mothers, who have come from Condatum, bringing a Roman sword and helmet as presents. The mothers soon fuss over why their sons are still unmarried. Their efforts to find matrimonial matches for them go unappreciated.

Meanwhile, Asterix and Obelix’s fathers, who run a ‘modernities’ store in Condatum, are arrested because an alcoholic veteran legionary, Tremensdelirius from Asterix and Caesar’s Gift, had sold them the sword and helmet of Caesar’s rival Pompey, who now wants them back, but the two items were gifted to Asterix and Obelix. Pompey sends a gifted actress, Latraviata, disguised as Panacea, Obelix’s love interest and escorted by a Roman agent, Fastandfurious, to infiltrate the Gaulish village and retrieve Pompey’s belongings.

The real Panacea and her husband Tragicomix, upon learning that Asterix and Obelix’s fathers have been imprisoned by Pompey, set out for the Gaulish village to alert their friends. On their way, they run into Latraviata and Fastandfurious, who have left the village with Pompey’s sword and helmet, and the subterfuge is exposed. Asterix and Obelix catch up with them and Fastandfurious is hit with a menhir. Asterix and Obelix then go to Condatum to free their fathers, while Tragicomix apprehends Pompey and hands him over to Caesar. Caesar presents a statue of himself to Asterix, who hands it over to Latraviata for her outstanding acting performance, resulting in a joke about the first César Award.