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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Asterix Returns to Fray

PARIS () -- Fans of Asterix the Gaul queued in bookshops Thursday after the comic strip hero came out of retirement to rave reviews, fighting Romans on a voyage to the lost continent of Atlantis.

"The magic potion still works," La Chaine Info television said of "Asterix and Obelix All at Sea," the 30th book in a series that has sold 280 million copies worldwide. "A real treat," echoed the daily Le Parisien.

The book, featuring Asterix's dim-witted sidekick Obelix magically reduced to child size, went on sale amid a blitz of publicity with an initial print run of 8 million copies in 15 languages.