Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sunday Sitdowns: The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé

A deluxe special edition boxed set of 23 Tintin classic graphic novels, collected in seven hardcover volumes plus a bonus book featuring Tintin and Co., a closer look at favorite Tintin characters revealing their origins, inspirations, and the source of their enduring fascination. Packaged in a handsome slipcase.
I had read a few stories from the collection throughout my years and I've always really enjoyed them. Tintin is just a great adventure comic all around. I threw this collection on my Christmas list, not thinking anything of it, and was actually really excited when I unwrapped it. It had come in and out of my reading rotation every now and then and I finally sat down and finished the last book within the last week. Excluding Tintin and the Land of the Soviets, Tintin in the Congo, Tintin and the Red Sea Sharks, and Tintin and Alph-Art, this collection features what I would consider the critical stories that Hergé wrote. I think Tintin in America starts off the series slow and on a low note but Cigars of the Pharaoh really ramps it up and it continues with that quality. Then as soon as you feel all too familiar with Tintin and Snowy you are introduced to Thomson and Thompson, Professor Calculus, and Captain Haddock who really bring incredible things to the series. Hergé's characters are all around a ton of fun and his heroes are humorous and enjoyable, his villains are shady and conniving and the adventures send Tintin all around the globe (as they should.)

I take a whole lot of inspiration from Hergé. As someone who defined ligne claire I've really eaten it up and looked at how he's composed his panels and played with his characters. I absolutely love Professor Calculus and Haddock's interactions and Thomson and Thompson are always reliable for a great laugh. Hergé was able to seamlessly combine humor, action, and adventure all in one package for pretty much each story in the collection. While some times the pacing seems to be wonky and it does get a little exposition heavy, the payoffs are almost always worth it. I'd definitely seek these stories out and the Nickelodeon cartoon does a great job of bringing it to television while the 2011 film does a great job bringing it to the big screen. Rating: 5/5.

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