The search for the best Asterix volume
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The search for the best Asterix volume

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Europe is currently not only looking for the best football nation. An Asterix fan is about to find the best Asterix book with the help of fans.

40 issues of the cult comic series "Asterix" have now been published. The latest volume, "The White Iris", was published in spring 2024. Collectors never miss out on a new release in order to have the complete history of the adventures created by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny on their shelves.

Each new volume is the subject of debate as to where it should rank in the list of the best stories. Of course, there is no definitive and objective answer. You can currently follow - and even take part in - an interesting experiment based on the European Football Championship format on the internet.

The private project of an Asterix fan

Marco Mütz from Hamburg is behind the private project comedix.de. It is a website with an extensive collection of quotes, special incidents and running gags - in short, an almost inexhaustible treasure trove for Asterix aficionados.

So who would have more authority to find the best Asterix book? The "Asterix Adventure Tournament" began on 3 June with the preliminary round. Only 32 of the 40 volumes made it to the main round; a seeding list prevented the volumes with a better chance of winning from meeting too early in the tournament.

And now the final has almost been decided. Four volumes have fought their way through to the semi-finals. Voting took place on X (formerly Twitter) in a knockout duel. "Obelix GmbH & Co KG", "Asterix with the British", "Asterix as a Legionnaire" and "Tour de France" (quarter-final after all) have made it through. It may be a coincidence that the English and the French also made it far in the European Football Championships at the same time. The volume "Asterix with the Swiss" also made it to the semi-finals.

Asterix 16: Asterix with the Swiss (René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo, German)
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Asterix 16: Asterix with the Swiss

René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo, German

Obelix GmbH and Co. KG (René Goscinny, German)
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Obelix GmbH and Co. KG

René Goscinny, German

Volume 8: Asterix with the British (René Goscinny, German)
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Volume 8: Asterix with the British

René Goscinny, German

Asterix 16: Asterix with the Swiss (René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo, German)

Asterix 16: Asterix with the Swiss

René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo, German

Obelix GmbH and Co. KG (René Goscinny, German)

Obelix GmbH and Co. KG

René Goscinny, German

Volume 8: Asterix with the British (René Goscinny, German)

Volume 8: Asterix with the British

René Goscinny, German

If you still want to influence the most exciting phase of the tournament, you can do so under the tweets that comedix.de publishes on X. May the Swiss best Asterix volume win!

Which volume is the best for you? Let the Community know in the comments.

Header image: Oliver Fischer

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