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One of the best of the unheralded Tintin stories,
This review is from: The Shooting Star (The Adventures of Tintin) (Hardcover)
Whereas expeditions to Tibet, the Moon, the Middle or Far East and the bottom of the ocean tend to get most of the kudos, I think this is one of the funniest and most interesting of Herge`s early Tintin stories. It does mark significant change too, as Captain Haddock is now firmly in place as a major character, and this signals the last time Snowy is as chatty as any other character; he becomes, well, a pet dog after this one. Personally, I love Snowy and his mixture of misbehaviour, amusing observations and arachnophobia is at it`s peak here.
The story is fabulous - a meteorite heads toward earth, lands safely in the ocean, but with a fair bit of the rock still above water. Tintin, funded by a group of pan-European backers after the precious metal at the core of the meteor, faces a race against the American ship, the Peary, whose backers attempt to sabotage Tintin`s attempts to plant the flag first many times. It`s fair to say much (too much) has been made of the American financier, Mr. Bohlwinkel, and his Jewishness). The comic highlights are too frequent to mention, and I don`t think the pace drops throughout; I also think it`s both coloured and drawn as beautifully as any other tale from this wonderful series. Fantastic.