I am often asked by readers of the site if I accept donations as a “thank you” for the work I put into the site. His art becomes a lot more loose/angular/dynamic (I’m not sure any of those are the right word). Includes a tribute to Goscinny, who was Jewish. ASTERIX THE GAUL, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 35 Asterix albums. Order Now / More Details. Caesar is a completely different model at the end of the book from what he looks like at the beginning. The shading on the characters under the spaceship light is one redeeming feature, they look especially beautiful during this sequence. In your top 10, you give a lot of weight to Goscinny’s scripts but I wonder how you would rate them based on Uderzo’s art alone. (The translators have done a wonderful job). This is a list of all Asterix volumes, including the 38 official albums and various tie-ins. I’ve read and reviewed (briefly) each of the preceding 35 volumes of Asterix and rated them out of 10. It’s not a bad book, per se, but it’s a lot of little bits of humor that just don’t add up to much. I was talking with my husband about reading the Asterix books and watching the animated films as a kid and started reminiscing about growing up in Europe, so I was thrilled to find this on Amazon to take a trip down memory lane and introduce my husband to Asterix and Obelix. The resultant effect on the village is completely unintentional, it's caused simply by their own stupidity and fighting spirit, so it's a sort of an original way of using an old idea. Grade Level : 5 - 6; Item Weight : 8.2 ounces; Paperback : 48 pages; ISBN-10 : 9780752866055; ISBN-13 : 978-0752866055; Publisher : Orion; Revised ed. (I would have liked to see how that panned out…). Only Asterix remains skeptical. So then, this book is a good effort but much of the comedy falls flat and there are some peculiar decisions (Dogmatix interacting with Nessie could have worked well. The plot of this one is a little all over the place and the fate of the actress is rather unsatisfying. Even the clunkiest volume of Asterix is filled with great moments. The climactic scene with the fair put up around the fight is wonderfully conceived, as is the fight itself and the Roman double-cross (incidentally you have to wonder why they bothered with the brilliantly named Cassius Ceramix when they could have just captured Getafix in the first place and then attacked the village-but I suppose then it wouldn’t be much fun). Although it has some of Uderzo’s best art, I do think that the Normans doesn’t work. The best bit by far is seeing the villagers aged by 50 years at the beginning and possibly when the centurions get the runs. I bought this for my kid. Goscinny employs a non-linear structure at the beginning of this book for the only time in any of the Asterix books. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 21, 2019. Perhaps a better idea would have been that the Fakir was looking for Getafix, but he's indisposed and Cacofonix saves the day by suddenly making it rain. The ridiculously inappropriate ending is very amusing, but sort of undermines the message. As previously noted, over the last three books the characters are being drawn a little taller and less extreme in their caricature; Asterix is reaching full maturity. Odius Asparagus, the prefect of Gaul, captures Cacofonix and sends him as a present to Caesar. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. These little guys are dressed in grass skirts and look identical! In these first ten volumes, things are pretty consistent. A collection of several short stories, including an experiment at different drawing and storytelling styles. Oh what fun. Format : 287 x 216 mm Soon, a fellow traveler informs them there is a short supply of sickles in Lutetia. I love their naivete. Cartoon film adaptation: 1967. There are a few illogical moments that require some explanation by the characters- something Goscinny would probably not have needed to do. paper) is of obvious inferior quality than the product printed in France. If someone new to Asterix were to ask me where to start, I’d probably tell them to read the first volume just to get the fundamentals. They’d build ridiculous structures overnight with their large numbers, who were many times equally as good at being carpenters as soldiers. I’ve had that before when I’ve subscribed to a comments section? Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. From best to least best: Classic entertainment. Asterix The Gaul 7/10 He laughed it even more when I read to him and explained the cultural references. This book marks the first time Caesar attempts to sew discontent in the Gaulish village. When the Centurion learns about this act of Dairyprodus, he imprisons him and Navishtrix and releases Metallurgix. The kids have not seen this book at all in the stores or at the school library. Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2020. Become a Pipeline Patron today to get access to my frequently-updated Pipeline work journal. There's also a bit about Romans looking for Roman traitors which feels like a wasted opportunity. The highlight is a beautiful few pages where Uderzo lets loose his talent depicting some Indian wildlife. Perhaps Uderzo didn't want to dwell on this book for understandable reasons. I love the Normans. He offers them the sickle at a very high price. In “Legionary.” the storytelling is perfect and there’s some impressive crowd/war scenes near the end. Goscinny's satire on modern youth culture and Parisian life takes centre stage and ties in throughout with an excellent use of Cacofonix. Julius thanks them for giving the important information and lets them go, but reminds them that they will still remain his enemies. Julius Caesar has written a history of his campaigns in Gaul. They need it more than me. Once again, to suit the plot, Asterix and Obelix abandon the potion. For the avoidance of doubt, this is book 1, not album 1. With an eclectic group of foreigners, they are sent to North Africa to fight the traitor Scipio. With the acting sequence (Orgies, orgies!) There’s not much story. Seems the fastidious Swiss lost out to the filthy Romans. Asterix and the Golden Sickle 4.5/5 It is funny with bright colorful pictures. Also notable is that Uderzo draws it raining two thirds of the way through to mark the moment when Goscinny died, and also I suspect, his mood. Good stuff. The new artist (forget his name) clearly is aping Uderzo’s art from before this change. Pepe, the young and obstinate son of a Spanish chieftain, is kidnapped by the Romans and sent to Gaul. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Please try your request again later. Edition (September 1, 2004), Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2016. While in Europe, I decided to try something with a little more local flair ... Asterix and Obelix. When the officials declare the magic potion to be a form of illegal doping, Asterix turns to his native abilities to compete.