From our continenteal correspondent – Asterix goes to Italy
Rejoice, fans of France-based, Roman-era comics! Astérix The Gaul is back with a new adventure. In this new book, the 37th in the series, Asterix and his trusted friend Obélix find themselves entangled in Caesar’s plot to create a unified Italy, instead of a peninsula of fiercely independent regions.
The Race Through Italy is the third book by Asterix’s current creative duo, writer Jean-Yves Ferri and artist Didier Conrad, who both are proud that they were born in 1959, the same year as the diminutive Gaul. in 2013 they presented Astérix and The Picts, which was met with favourable reactions. The book was not on a par with the absolute greatest Asterix stories (The Great Crossing or Obelix And Co, anyone?), but at least it wasn’t The Falling Sky (even though I personally rather liked that last one).
The duo’s next one, The Missing Scroll, heavily referred to our information world, with its never-ending battle between information control and leaks. A such, the book fully followed the satirical example that creators Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny had set with many of their best books.
All this just to say that, well, there’s not much known about the new Astérix book except that it’s slated for publication on October 19, with an initial print run of four million copies over twenty languages. And that, with any luck, it won’t even be half bad.