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by Hergé

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Three stories, two of which are really one. The first is the Land of Black Gold; Tintin uncovers a worldwide plot to ruin petrol (gasoline) supplies. Or maybe it's an attack against a certain emir. Or a rebel, or blackmail, or...very confused, and _very_ heavy on the coincidences. Tintin and Thompson & Thomson are wandering the desert - and just accidentally cross one anothers' paths when necessary to keep all of them alive - for instance. Not bad, but not among my favorites. The thing with Captain Haddock showing up and never managing to explain how/why he came is amusing, though. Then one story in two books - Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon. It begins with them being very stupid - following a telegram through all kinds of random connections and strangers collecting them. It turns out all right, but for people (Tintin and Captain Haddock) with as many enemies as they have, really stupid. But it is the Professor, with a moon rocket in train; they get railroaded into going on the trip. I remembered who the villain was, and was watching for the tiny hints of trouble coming. The change in Calculus when he can actually hear is rather amazing. That book ends as they take off - with the control center trying to contact them and radio silence coming back. Next book picks up where the previous one stopped - they begin to wake up in the rocket. And wow, do they have a lot of stowaways! Captain Haddock is even more than usual the inadvertent clown, in both these books. Interesting adventures, reasonably scientifically accurate (I think). Though the cutting on and off of the motors and the little effect this has on their course is rather amazing. A confrontation on the ship, after some moon exploration; success for our heroes, but new danger through oxygen exhaustion (see "lots of stowaways"). A heroic redemption, and all's well that ends well. Three not-bad stories; no favorites here, though. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Aug 16, 2012 |
Tintin = a masterpiece for all ages. ( )
  Anniesotm | Feb 19, 2011 |
This is my favorite Adventure of TinTin, a double feature actually, Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon. ( )
  yangguy | Jun 7, 2007 |
Tintin's later adventures are certainly his most enjoyable, since Hergé was at the peak of his powers by the early 1950's. One might argue that even better things were yet to come in later titles such as Tintin in Tibet, but the three adventures brought together in the present volume can still be counted amongst Hergé's best work. Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon are especially good, and are standouts in the Tintin bibliography for the bold conception and technical achievement of the two-part story. Well worthwhile for anyone with fond childhood memories of Tintin, or an itching desire to figure out what the fuss is all about. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316358169, Hardcover)

Three classic graphic novels in one deluxe hardcover edition: Land of Black Gold, Destination Moon, and Explorers on the Moon.

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Whether he's trolling the high seas for treasure or blasting off for the moon, young reporter-sleuth Tintin and his faithful dog, Snowy, have delighted readers everywhere for generations with their timeless adventures. Join Tintin and Snowy as they tackle the toughest mysteries around the world in The Castafiore Emeralds, Flight 714, and Tintin and the Picaros.… (more)

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