“The year is 50 BC. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely… one small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders.”
So begins the Asterix comics by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. For many people, these comics were an introduction to the history of Gaul. With their magic potion, comically named Romans, and cartoonish violence, they were a long way from the reality of the times. (warhistoryonline.com)
The series follows the exploits of a village of ancient Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid, which gives the recipient superhuman strength. The protagonist, the titular character, Asterix, along with his friend Obelix have various adventures. (asterixonline.com)
For us at home, these comics (one of many to cross our reading paths) opened us to a whole, new, exciting world. Entertaining, educating & mesmerizing us. We embraced them wholeheartedly.