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rR coscinny MN\CH’a. uDERZO AM Piel > GOSCINNY AND UDERZO PRESENT An Asterix Adventure ASTERIX AND THE PICTS Written by JEAN-YVES FERRI Illustrated by DIDIER CONRAD Translated by ANTHEA BELL Colour by THIERRY MEBARKI, MURIELLE LEROI, RAPHAEL DELERUE Congratulations te Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad for having the courage and talent to write and draw this new Aetoris album. Thanks to them, the Gaulish village created with ny friend René Goscinny can goon having new adventures to delight readers of the series Abert Uderso The memory of René Geseinny ts never far away when Anterir és being brought lo life Until the present, the hage talent of Mbert Udero has worked to preserve it. Today, new that Mert has watched over the production of the first album on which the original creators did net work, I like to think that my father weuld be proud of the authors to whom we have entrusted the famous little Gaul —as proud and happy as Iam ay Original edition ©2013 Les Edtions Albert René English translation © 2013 Les Editions Albert René (Original ite Astérix ches les Petes Exclusive licensee: Orion Publishing Group Trandator: Anthea Bell Typography: Bryony Clarke All rights reserved The right ofan. Yes Ferri to be identified asthe author ofthis work and the right of Didier Conrad tobe identified as the illustrator af this work have been asserted by them in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is published in Great Btn in 2013 by Orion Childrens Books Lid rion House s Upper i Martins Lane London we2t 968 [An Hachette UK company 13579108642 Pinte in Maly nwicorionbooks co.uk ACIP catalogue record for this book is avalable from the British Library say 9781 4440 167 8 “The Orion Publishing Group’ policy to use papers that are natural renewable and recyclable and made from wood grown in sustainable forests “The loging and manufacturing processes are expected to conform to the enviconmental regulations ofthe country of origin a few of the Gauls Asterix, the hero of these adventures. A shrewd, cunning little warrior, allperilousmissions areimmediately entrusted to him. Asterix gets his superhuman strengih from the magic potion brewed by the druid Getatix, te Obelix, Asterix’ inseparable friend. A menhirdelivery-man by trade, addicted to wild boar Obelix is aways ready to drop everything and go off on a new adventure with Asterix - so long as there's wid boar to eat, and plenty of fighting. His constant companion is Dogmatix, the only known canine ecologist, who how/s with despair when a tree is cut down or Getafix, the venerable vilage druid. Gathers mistletoe and brews magic potions. His speciallity isthe potion which gives the drinker superhuman strength, But Getafix also has other recipes up his sieeve Finally, Vitatstatistix, the chief of the tribe. Majestic, brave and hot- tempered, the old warriorisrespec- ted by his men and feared by his enemies. Vitalstatistic himself hos ‘only one fear, he is afraid the sky may fall on his head tomorrow. But ‘ashe clways says, Tomorrow never comes: Cacofonix, the bard. Opinion is divided as to his musical gifts. Cacofonix thinks he’s a genius. Everyone else thinks he’s unspeakable. But so long as he doesn't speak, let alone sing, everybody likes him GAUL (Roman CONQUEST). SO B.C. ARMORIC ee ; a. The year is 5OBC. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely... One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium 0 “pe-/ COME QUICK! THE 2 <2 PICT HAS ESCAPED! WEL WHAT DO YOU MEAN. [RED-HEADED YOUNG WARRIOR? WHAT| ‘THE PICT REMINDS YOU OF RED-HEADED YOUNG. ‘SOMEONE? f WARRIOR? SPEAKING OF ASYLUMS, AMI iN A LOONY BiN? MY FEVER PASSES OFF, AND I’M DRESSED LiKE THiS! IS iT THE LATEST FASHION, 7 OR WHAT? ASTERIX! GETAFIX! QUICK! COME AND Loox! --AND THEN HE PICKED uP My TOOLS AND HE DiD ‘OW YELL THRE THE (Prot oO COME ON, THEN. LET’S GET OUT OF THiS QUAGMIRE AND CARRY ON, BY JUPITER. Ws MACAROON! WATCH OUT! SHE’S AFTER YOUR GOURD! GAN COME ASHOR! COME FLL UP MY CUP, COME FiLL UP MY CAN, COME SADDLE YOUR CATTLE AND CALL UP YOUR MEN! |THAT’S ENOUGH SUPERSTITIOUS TALK! WHAT WiLL OUR| ROMAN ALLIES THINK? THEYRE BANG UP TO DATE > SINCE WHEN WiTH THE VERY LATEST iN THE ANCIENT WORLD! co pip THE DEAD COME BACK To THINKING! | eae (a Y AS USUAL, MiSTER OBELIX CHARGES ON WiTHOUT ¢ AND AS USUAL, MISTER ASTERiX SEES THE STRAW iN HiS _ NEIGHBOUR’S EYE! MACAROON? MAY THE GREAT ‘THISTLE PRICK ME! IS iT BY GREAT NESSIE, iT’S TOO CRUEL! ALL iS CLEAR NOW! i Wb, | I'VE SPENT YEARS AND YEARS iN | THE iCE, AND MY LiTTLE BROTHER iS AN OLD MAN! ‘Hi, LITTLE BROTHER! FoR & MACMAMA! ( OBELiXx, \ OH, YES? SO MiSTER OLD FRIEND, \ASTERIX DOESN'T APPROVE " OF HIGHLAND GAMES, iS /=— YOU'LL END | OF Ci Oa da BYE BABY ON Tis SHAY g WIND BLOWS REE TO 3 FALL iN THE Locy 2, YOu musy Be VERY BRAVE, MACAROON, Sel Zs Say) SEF Es CA Es PICIS WHA NAE) DON’T SAY THEY’VE ‘MADE YOU LOSE YO! ) & * VOICE AGAIN! 3% NOT YOU, YOU iDiOTS. YOU STAY HERE AND FRATERNiSE WiTH ita S| cand tHe Su z 2 te rst 4 NO YOU WiLL NOT DRAW UP A LiST! NO YOU WiLL k NOT DRAW UP ALiST! 1 WAS TALKING WHAT? \ TO THE FUTURE || ADVISE YOU | DON’T NEED YOUR ADVICE, AND ONLY Ly MiSTER ASTERIX! MiSTER NOW YOU j@/ QUEEN ASTERiX GiVES TOO MUCH [TELL US! AR’ aSTERIX! see eee THAT CABER, DON’T HiT THAT BARD | AND GNGNGN AND...” UP, OBELixX! THERE’S TOO MUCH OF AN ECHO HERE! 1 Whig cpr yoo ON [AE EVEN THE eT RATS PND IT cueing Hurd?! THAT’S NOT /MACAROON? THAT'S iMPOSSiBLE! WHY, | MYSELF... 58, 40 INCANTATIONS! THiS MAN ‘A SORCERER! HO, HO, HO! IT SN TAKES MORE y THAN THAT TO iNTIMIDATE = a) ) | ROMANS! soopy Zz Goopr! MACSTOCK\ ALL ) DOWN WITH THE ROMANS! TEL es | THIS POINTLESS Joni | QUARRELLING AND 29 iS RIGHT. FROM NOW ON, FRIENDS, (ooh WE WILL BE A SINGLE J CLAN! LET'S ALL SING THE LOVE SONG OF AS FOR THE RULES FOR PASSING ON ROYAL POWER, | SUGGEST a SIMPLIFYING THEM! Berend IMPEDIMENTA! IMPEDiMENTAL | He COMING, ‘ 7. BOYS! ‘OH, FOR SUPITER’S SAKE! AND NOW WE'LL HAVE EXPECTED TO TAKE A CENSUS iN A VILLAGE OF MADMEN WHERE THEY KEEP ON MOVi | AND DON’T CARE A BiT? = H, YES! FER + CONRAD ‘When Asterix and Obelix rescue a“ mysterious Pict named they must journey to Caledonia, now Scotland, to retamil him to his lady los Camomilla, the adopted daughter of the old king. However, the treacherous chieftain, MacCabaeus, plans to marry her claim the tha the help of age! ‘What SeMeber-fossing, bagpipes malted water and an enormous otter in the loch, can the Gauls reunite MacAroon and Camomilla and enjor iS some Roman-bashing along the way? www.orionbooks.co.uk £10.99 IN UK ONLY | wwwasterix.com