Friday, December 2, 2011

Tintin: Red Rackham's Treasure

Here's a quick review I just did on The Tintin movie has already come out here in England but I don't think we'll get to see it before DVD. Enjoy!

Red Rackham's Treasure (The Adventures of Tintin)Red Rackham's Treasure by Hergé
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second or third Tintin book I've read, all completely out of order. That really isn't so important since most of the adventures are self-contained stories. Apparently, this one is a direct continuation of "The Secret of the Unicorn," and indeed our heroes attempt to find Red Rackham's Treasure on the sunken vessel "The Unicorn." The story is fast-paced and entertaining, though Tintin is the least interesting character. Captain Haddock (friend of Tintin and descendant of the captain who sank the Unicorn) and Professor Calculus (a bumbling scientist based on real-life scientist Auguste Piccard) exhibit a lot of the humor and pathos found in the story. It's an exciting tale and elements of it are used in the Spielberg film version that is coming out this Christmas season.

The edition I have (published by Little, Brown, and Company in May 2011) has a lot of interesting material in the back about the author's sources for the story and the images he uses. He kept pictures and articles from newspapers, magazines, etc., and his archive had over 20,000 items by the time he died! The information makes the reader appreciate even more the quality of workmanship put into this comic.

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