The Adventures of Tintin Volume 5: Land of Black Gold / Destination Moon / Explorers on the Moon Hardcover – 9 Mar 1992
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Interestingly, there is no contents page. You must therefore "thumb" to find the story you require. I know that is a rather pedantic issue, but there is completeness to consider. This compilation is my favourite of the series, as it contains both "Destination Moon" and "Explorers on the Moon".
"Destination" begins with a plot which kept me in suspense about the nature of the mission for 8 pages! From then onward, I was intrigued by the technology Herge uses in the story.
The illustrations in "Explorers" are amazing. Herge has combined true representations of the moon with his imagination for what was, at the time, a place not fully understood.
"Land of Black Gold", relies slightly on "Cigars of the Pharaoh" and "The Black Island", for references to characters/events. This does slightly spoil continuity to someone unfamiliar to Tintin.
"Land of Black Gold" is the first of the books and a separate adventure to the other two. That is a good enough book by itself, although the laughs rather take over the more exciting parts of the story. Thomson and Thompson ultimately steal the show, from bungling some undercover work as mechanics, through knocking down the wall of a mosque, to getting a rather strange hairstyle from swallowing some unusual tablets.
This story is entirely overshadowed by the other two books though; the pairing of "Destination Moon" and "Explorers on the Moon". Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock travel to every corner of the globe in the books, but now an adventure that blows exploring the earth out of the water.
THEY FLY INTO SPACE.
The book contains some excellent real science, such as the physics of weightlessness, escape velocities, the possibility of water on the moon and the as-yet unrealised technology of nuclear rocket motors. This of course weaves into the usual blend of mirth and excitement. Be prepared to laugh at the Captain's test of a spacesuit, Professor Calculus blowing a fuse and some anti-gravity antics on board the rocket. Be prepared to be thrilled by an attempted sabotage of the mission and a race to return to Earth before the rocket's oxygen supplies are depleted.
It's the gang's most daring and breath-taking adventure of all. Well done, M. Remi.
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this was for my sons Christmas as he enjoys the tintin books and is enjoying this one tooPublished 6 months ago by Elaine Hall
Bought for my grandson to help encourage his reading. Great when I can read these with him. The stories are still freshPublished on 11 Jan. 2013 by Robert G
Another present for my son and I know for a fact that he enjoyed the book. My son is in his late forties but it reminded him of his childhood.Published on 3 Jan. 2012 by Katag
Bought this as a gift, it's brilliant value and looks lke a book should! It's traditional but still enjoyed by 10 year old boys as it always has been, would recommend.Published on 5 Aug. 2011 by clairet