It was only after I had read the Tintin Companion that I became aware of the existence of this work, the last attempted adventure for the Belgium reporter. I had been itching to see a copy of it (in any language) since then because, like Tintin in the Land of The Soviets and Tintin in the Congo, it was not very easy to find for a British reader. Thankfully, the publishers have seen fit to give the British Tintin buying public what they want and have finally released it again. Top say that this was a work in progress would be an understatement. Some of the drawings are basic and this is especially true of the later pictures, which are very simple line drawings. This means that it is very difficult to work out which characters are which. It is no means a very good story, and Herge admitted on many occasions that he did not know where the narrative was leading him. With this in mind, it was very difficult to rate this.
However, for those wishing to complete their Tintin collection, it is a must. People who really care about the subject matter have lovingly put this book together and the addition of work in progress papers at the end is an added bonus. The translations have not been added to the original manuscripts but have been placed at the side, which only adds to the experience. This work will not gain Tintin any new fans as there are better adventures but this is a welcome addition to Herge's work. I am not trying to spoil the story for those coming to this fresh, but it does not finish and we are left with Tintin's fate unresolved. It is a shame though that Herge did not offer us any clues as to how Tintin was going to survive, if at all.