'Asterix the Gladiator' is the 4th of 31 adventures published between 1961and 2001; This adventure is from 1964. It has it all: Bad singing, a unique use for Parsley, a Chariot race to equal Ben Hur and cutting edge Gladiator training (minus Russell Crowe). Asterix and Obelix travel to Rome to rescue their Druid Cacofonix from a fatal encounter with the Lions in the Colloseum. Cocofonix is treated with serious disrespect most of the time because of his appalling singing, but the Gauls pull together when 'one of their own' is under threat. There is no real peril for Cacofonix as we know that rescue is inevitably on the way. As usual, Asterix and Obelix impose their Gallic attitude wherever they are; the Romans just have to make way (as does the water in the Roman baths). This is the best adventure yet, and for me rates in the top 10 of the 31 adventures. This new re-inked and re-coloured edition brings new life to the story. My original 1969 edition was not badly produced, but clothing colour was originally inconsistent with later adventures, and this has now been corrected. Fully deserving of five stars.