Asterix Takes on the U.S.

Feisty comic strip hero Asterix has been making fools of the Romans for years. Now he has a new focus: the Bush Administration.

Asterix And The Falling Sky, the latest book in a series by Albert Uderzo, finds Gaulic warrior Asterix and his friends taking on the Hubs, space invaders "sent them to Earth in a futile search for the Gauls' 'stockpile of lethal weapons'." The thinly veiled reference to the American invasion of Iraq has some decrying the "politicisation" of the character, but others applaud the effort.