When Asterix and Obelix rescue a mysterious Pict named MacAroon, they must journey to Caledonia, now Scotland, to return him to his lady love, Camomilla, the adopted daughter of the old king. However, the treacherous chieftain, MacCabeus, plans to marry her and claim the throne - with the help of the Romans!
What with caber-tossing, bagpipes, malted water and an enormous otter in the loch, can the Gauls reunite MacAroon and Camomilla and enjoy some Roman-bashing along the way?
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Great solid start for new illustrator and author team
Having been an avid reader of Asterix since the 70's I have cherished these albums (yes that is what they are called for those who remember) and love Goscinny and Uderzo's work.
With the advent of the strange direction of Asterix and the Falling Sky and other previous Uderzo solo productions, the lack of magic of Goscinny's unique story telling was obviously missing in later albums. When I heard Uderzo was prepared to let a new team take on Asterix I was concerned if others would give it the respect it deserves but at the same timevery hopeful the writing would improve.
Asterix and the Picts is a return to form and breathes new life into the series. The story in the Scottish setting reminds me of the adventures of old (Asterix in Britain, Spain, Switzerland etc) and is filled with great humor courtesy of Jean-Yves Ferri and the extremely well drawn scenes of Didier Conrad (the majority the characters are drawn traditionally with some subtle variations for the Asterix character).
Asterix and the Picts covers much of what you would expect when visiting the Scottish lands and plays on a number of characteristics of the culture successfully.
It must have taken a great deal of trepidation on behalf of the new team to take on something so iconic as Asterix but full points as they managed to go beyond my expectations and give something great and entertaining to us all.
This album has all the standard character play you would expect from an Asterix story (the Asterix and Obelix arguments, village tiffs, pirates) mixed with some great word play that would have had Goscinny applauding.
Highly recommend this album to Asterix readers new and old and so pleased the stories will live on with such a worthy new team. Can't wait to see new stories each year now! It's like being a kid all over again.
Hope Sylvie Uderzo (daughter) can get over her father signing the rights away and see that a great legacy lives on in good hands.
Ferri and Conrad you have done Asterix proud! Keep up the good work.