Asterix and the Picts
by Jean-Yves Ferri & Didier Conrad; trans. Anthea Bell (Orion, 2013)
With Albert Uderzo’s retirement after fifty-four years of drawing Asterix, the illustration of this new adventure (to a rather endearing Scotland) is… perfect; nigh on indistinguishable, by Toutatis! The writing, however, continues to lag behind that of co-creator René Goscinny (died 1977).