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Classic adventure as Asterix joins the Roman Legion
on 14 September 2004
'Asterix the Legionary' is the 10th of 31 adventures published between 1961and 2001; This adventure is from 1967.
Asterix and Obelix join the Roman Legion to track down a fellow Gaul who has been conscripted to fight in Caesar's African campaign. The Gauls make life insufferable for their Centurion and Drill Instructor as they go through recruit training and then on to Africa.
The story of the Gauls' army adventures are quite superb and their fellow volunteers are also wonderfully characterised; Accompanying the Gauls are a Goth, A Greek, a Briton, a Belgian with a Tintin-like haircut and an Egyptian who cannot speak the language and thinks he is on a package holiday (His speech represented by hieroglyphics). There is much to enjoy in this story, drawing on many stereotypes of army life, including army bureaucracy and army cooking. Of course the Gauls immediately impose their relaxed sense of order on the troops. This adventure is so successful because the strong story carries through without being forced or contrived, as in a few of the weaker adventures.
This re-inked and re-coloured edition does not improve on the original edition as the colouring is a little washed-out. Nevertheless, an excellent story; a classic. I would rate it in the top 5 adventures.