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This review is from: Flight 714 to Sydney (The Adventures of Tintin) (Paperback)
Okay, so the book has a little too much of everything: a highjack, truth serum, erupting volcano, UFO... but all this is done with a great style, wit and humour.
By this time (1968), Tintin was not all about action and adventure, and the characters (especially Captain Haddock) and satire had begun to dominate; the best example of this was the predecessor of this book, Castafiore Emeralds. Flight 714 presents a great new character, the multimillionare Laszlo Carreidas. Hergés intention was to avoid dualism, i.e. in this case, making people to be either good or bad, and thus Carreidas is a pretty creepy character even though he is one of the "good guys". The most famous example is the part where Carreidas and Tintins arch-rival, Rastapopoulos, argue under the influence of truth serum who the master of evil truly is.
Hergé also wanted to make the bad guys appear more sympathetic, so we see Rastapopoulos incapable of killing a harmless spider, running into a tree, getting constantly hit in the head with something, dealing with a exploding grenade, and his right-hand man, Allan, accidentally comparing him with a proboscis monkey etc.
I'd say that about 60 % of this book is better than any other Tintin (or any other comic book, for that matter). Unfortunately, near the end it gets a bit too weird, and there are too many things happening. But the good easily outweighs the bad, and so the book gets a well-deserved 5 stars from me.