Asterix: Asterix and the Griffin Asterix: Asterix and the Griffin
Book 39 - Asterix

Asterix: Asterix and the Griffin

Album 39

    • 3.7 • 6 Ratings
    • £3.99
    • £3.99

Publisher Description

The latest Album, Asterix and the White Iris, is now available!

Deep in the frozen plains of Barbaricum, the Sarmatians face a terrible threat. The Romans are approaching in huge numbers to capture the Griffin, a sacred and terrifying beast, and they've kidnapped the beloved niece of the wise old shaman, Fanciakuppov, to lead them to it. Determined to stop them, Fanciakuppov seeks the help of his Gaulish friends.

Follow Asterix and Obelix as they fight alongside the fearless Amazon warrior women to rescue the prisoner and prevent the Romans reaching this formidable beast!

Loved across the Known World, the multi-million bestselling series is back with its 39th adventure. Filled with jokes, new characters and bravely fought battles, Asterix and the Griffin will delight fans old and new.

GENRE
Arts & Entertainment
RELEASED
2021
21 October
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
48
Pages
PUBLISHER
Little, Brown Book Group
SIZE
127
MB

Customer Reviews

Ralph Horace ,

Great artwork, but written like a fan-fiction early draft.

Badly paced story - no real story arc. Feels rushed & trying too hard to cram too many tropes into a fixed number of pages.

Under-developed characters & too many of them. Some start off well, but just peter out.
& no sign of the other Gaulish villagers? Have the new creators lost the licence to use these characters?

The key female character is effectively written out at the end having done next to nothing.

Naming conventions:
Sometimes, they just put “-us’ suffixes at the end of words to make Roman names. This isn’t how it works, this is just lazy.
& what was going on with the Sarmatian names? Some were puns. Some you can see where the puns are trying to get to, but are so clunky they miss by a mile. Some were just Russian surnames.
I’d thought of a dozen or so better puns just while cleaning my teeth this morning.

In-universe inconsistencies:
The Carnutes of the old books became Carnuti in this one.
Sarmatian speech is written differently in this book from in “…Chariot Race”. Only backwards “E”s this time…
The Sarmatians drink tea & no one bats an eyelid. [spoiler alert] Asterix’s only other encounter with tea is when he invents it, thereby saving a village from invading Romans in another story set in the same year.

Don’t get me wrong, this was heaps better than the previous book & I love the artwork & many of the (almost too) topical jokes, but this isn’t a patch on the the Asterix books of old.

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