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One of the more entertaining recent adventures
on 16 November 2009
Much has been written about the decline of Asterix since the death of Goscinny. This is one of the better adventures written and drawn by Uderzo. Asterix has always been pretty fantastical (the magic potion being an obvious example). Uderzo's work continues to push this to the limits, as always he tries to combine as many of his brilliant ideas as possible into a single album. Obelix turns into granite, then becomes a small child, slaves revolt against Caeser (taking the mickey out of Sparticus, a maritine chase, a trip to Atlantis and the secret of eternal youth. Just one of these ideas would make an excellent story, bearing in mind that an Asterix album is just 47 pages long. All in all this is a mess, albeit an entertaining mess. A must for fans (the best album since Asterix and the Black Gold), but new or casual fans would be better of starting with the earlier books, in particular Asterix in Switzerland and Asterix in Britain.