By Marta Garde
Paris, Oct 21 (EFE).- The plot of Asterix and the Griffin, the 39th and latest in the series of iconic comic books, has a twist — much to the surprise of the main characters, they encounter Sarmatian women during their adventures, fearless female warriors who hunt and fight battles.
Set to launch on Thursday, Asterix fans are in for a treat as the Gaulish warrior and his partner in crime Obelix embark on an adventure that takes them East where they meet the mysterious Sarmatian people.
Asterix and Obelix’s mission is to help protect the Griffin, a mythical creature prized by the Romans.
“Inventing another country allows for the creation of a different tone, a different environment,” writer Jean-Yves Ferri told Efe.
This creative freedom allowed Ferri and illustrator Didier Conrad to delve into new subject areas like feminism, climate change and conspiracy theories.
Ferri, who has been designing stories for the series since 2013 and has so far written five albums, said that in the latest installment, Asterix and Obelix find some things that are “challenging, but humorous.”
There are many modern parallels, such as the behavior of ancient Romans who disregard the habitats of others, a reflection of modern society and the environmental challenges the world faces.
Asterix and the Griffin will be the first installment released after the death of Albert Uderzo in March 2020, one of the comic book’s creators. EFE