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Hergé matches Jules Verne
Reviewed in India on 12 August 2014
The love for Tintin in our family is revealed by the fact that when I asked my 12 yr son that why does he choose this one, he informed me that this is the 24th Tintin in our house. Only one more is left to be purchased. Released first time in colour in 1953, this hard bound book is a collector's item.
Written 19 years before the Apollo 11 Moon landing of 1969, Hergé was keen to ensure that it was scientifically accurate, based on ideas about space flight then available. In this regard, his quest for science is comparable to that of Jules Verne, another French author. This book is a prequel to "Explorers on the Moon". The basic plot of this comic adventure deals with a situation when Tintin and Captain Haddock agree to join the expedition of flying from the Earth to the Moon on a rocket ship, the design and construction of which is undertaken by Professor Calculus as a part of a secret commission of the Syldavian government. The funniest moment of the book, according to my son, is the situation depicted in its front cover, where Professor Calculus is seen rushing to a huge rocket on a jeep taking Captain Haddock and Tintin along with him saying "Look what the goat created". This was actually a response to Captain Hassock calling him a goat saying, "You can go on acting the goat here for as long as you like".
Like all other Tintin adventure comics, this one also deserves a five star or even more, if apart from the story, one only looks at its graphic presentation. A safe recommendation to any and every one.