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Hand it to Katie Skelly: "Maids" is a pretty canny title for her graphic novel about a pair of killer domestic workers. It seems innocuously descriptive unless you pause (arrested, perhaps, by the barely-there bloody spatter speckling this book's otherwise prim cover) and think about the word's double meaning in English.
Though M. T. Anderson couldn't possibly have planned it, his new book feels like it was created for just this moment. The story's driving force and key image — a torrential flood of natural and unnatural origin that sweeps away a city — is the perfect symbol for our era.
The Asterix series' enduring popularity has puzzled critics for decades, even as it's racked up sales of 380 million books, been translated into 111 languages and spawned dozens of adaptations in various media. America, oddly enough, has been something of a holdout.