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Posted at 11:55 on October 26th, 2013 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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There is a new Asterix book, and it's the first one written and drawn by somebody else than the gaul's original creators. If this was a good idea, or if it would have been better to finally give the famous duo a rest, remains to be seen.

Although I was a bit sceptical, I got it right on it's publishing day, and immediatly started to read it. Actually it was quite OK, nothing to write home about, but it wasn't half as horrible, as I expected it to be. The drawings are really good, Conrad managed to get the style just about right (except for Asterix pupils: looks like years of potion abuse finally left their mark ;) ). The plot however is a bit of a letdown. Somehow it's just a rehash, a best of the previous stories and doesn't show any kind of development, let alone break any new grounds. But at least it does feel like an Asterix story, just not a particulary original one.
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Posted at 13:04 on October 26th, 2013 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I read a less than enthusiastic review about it this week, which actually critisized the art as showing no unique style at all while missing the eye for detail which had made previous issues so great. The derivative, unoriginal plot was also not received well.

Although honestly, I can't imagine it being worse than the previous issue (the last one made by Uderzo)… I mean the silly one where Asterix fights Mickey Mouse, Superman and Manga heroes :pain:
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Posted at 19:47 on October 26th, 2013 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Well they had to walk the fine line between putting off the longtime fans and still offering something new. It seems like, they tried to play it safe and in my opinion it did pay off. Could they have made some things better? Certainly yes, there is room for improvement, but at least they rekindled my interest in the series again (even considering to re-read it). It isn't the best Asterix ever (don't even let it near Le Domaine des Dieux/Die Trabantenstadt or Astérix légionnaire/Asterix als Legionär), but compared to the earliest books or the last few ones, it almost lives up to the original.

Yet I have to admit, I am one of the handful of people who also likes the last book with the aliens. Yes, it is totally over the top, and the humor is incredibly childish, but I accept it as the persiflage on the comics that it is.
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Posted at 19:00 on October 30th, 2013 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Herr M. at 19:47 on October 26th, 2013:
Well they had to walk the fine line between putting off the longtime fans and still offering something new.

Oh, I do see the dilemma they are in! Obviously, Asterix is not a series which kids will just pick up by themselves; their main target audience is the traditionalists. The question, however, for me is how long it makes sense to simply maintain a status quo. I mean, maybe it was a good decision to discontinue Tintin when the original creator died. Lucky Luke, on the other hand, is an example where continuing the series works relatively well (that Pinkerton story isn't half bad) – with the usual exceptions (L’artiste-peintre / Der Kunstmaler was absolutely awful).
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Posted at 12:41 on May 28th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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my little cousin just started to like asterix and obelix :) he has 7 years and I am really "disapointed" because he is interest came through a computergame with asterix (http://www.spielediamanten.de/mmo-spiele/asterix-and-friends).... now I am trying to convince him that the comic is the original stuff and what you see on screen!!
but in general, we can observe that with many things from our childhood: the simpsons are not how they used to be. they changed the style of comedy a little bit and homer is not as stupid as before.
Posted at 13:52 on May 28th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by OldSchoolMax at 12:41 on May 28th, 2014:
the simpsons are not how they used to be. they changed the style of comedy a little bit and homer is not as stupid as before.

Hm, well, I stopped watching the Simpsons when it became all about Homer being stupid all of a sudden… Indeed, it was a very different show at the beginning.
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 13:52 on May 28th, 2014
Posted at 17:37 on May 29th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Well, Homer underwent quite a change: From slightly dumb but yet shrewd loser to outright stupid, even stupider (almost borderlining genius again)… to downright mean and sinister. And in the end it was this (and the lazy pop culture jokes) which finally put me of the show.

Speaking of stupid: Obelix saw a similar change. While he wasn't all that smart to begin with, he got more and more focused on simply bashing some romans or eating his boars. At times I get the feeling he was less one dimensional in the earlier comics than in the latter ones (even those from Goscinny).
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Posted at 08:58 on May 31st, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Flanderization – it's usually a sign of a series going down the drain, because its focus becomes narrower and narrower, until there is nothing left but catchphrases referring back to its own past glory.
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Posted at 19:21 on September 14th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I finished re-reading all 35 books today (for the first time in their proper, non-German order) and I think the newest one really is a lot better than everything else after Goscinny's death (probably with the sole exception of Le fils d'Astérix/Der Sohn des Asterix). My only real gripe is the rather uninteresting villian and the somewhat unsatisfying conclusion.

The worst book was that Golden one, with the birthday party and those stupid min-stories and re-hashes of older comics, closely followed by (surprise, surprise!) Le ciel lui tombe sur la tête/Gallien in Gefahr, which I kind of liked the first time I read it, but this time it took me over a week to finish and I really hated it.

The best ones, which made me laugh out loud, were Le combat des chefs/Kampf der Häuptlinge, Les Lauriers de César/Die Lorbeeren des Cäsar and Le Domaine des Dieux/Die Trabantenstadt.
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Edited by Herr M. at 19:23 on September 14th, 2014
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