Prisoners of the sun (Adventures of Tintin series)
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Herge, one of the most famous Belgians in the world, was a comics writer and artist. The internationally successful Adventures of Tintin are his most well-known and beloved works. They have been translated into 38 different languages and have inspired such legends as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. He wrote and illustrated for The Adventures of Tintin until his death in 1983." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I think this is, in places, the most visually beautiful Tintin adventure so far. It's not just the wonderful clarity and economy of the line work, but also the famously fussed over colour palette. The epic journey through mountains and forests to the Temple Of The Sun is just deliciously fabulous, the gradual colour evolution as the protagonists move through the varied environments really whisking one off to an imagined South-America.
Criticisms of this as escapist may have more than a grain of truth in them. But to me they miss the point: some people do angst-ridden self analysis and social commentary (Robert Crumb, let's say), others tell ripping good fantastical yarns, and perhaps sometimes some do both. And then some are just plain dotty, like George Herriman. As long as it's well done, I've got time for them all. An analogy might be food: do you always and only want to eat salad, or do you sometimes like to indulge in a scrumptious dessert?
Personally I find this utterly appetising: please Mr Hergé, may I have some more?
Now that all seven members of the Sanders-Hardiman expedition are in a strange hypnotic sleep its up to Tintin to solve the mystery!
We also wait in anticipation to see if Captain Haddock can survive without his spare monocles!
A excellent read!
Altogether an excellent story. If you are new to the Tintin series, I would start with Tintin in Tibet, the Cigars of the Pharaoh, or Land of Black Gold; but as a follow-up, this 2-parter is excellent fodder for kids and the young-at-heart alike.
In the Tintinesque version, the curse afflicts archaeologists who have disturbed the royal grave of an Inca ruler. The poor scientists are hypnotized and tortured through magickal means, while the royal mummy disintegrates and turns into a demon. Meanwhile, the distracted professor Cuthbert Calculus is kidnapped by person or persons unknown bound for South America. In pursuit, Tintin and his friend Captain Haddock travel to Peru, where they are harassed by a mysterious brotherhood (and annoyed by llamas).
Eventually, our heroes discover an ancient Inca civilization hidden in the Andes, where ritual human sacrifice is still offered. Naturally, it turns out that the voodoo-like curse is the work of Inca priests who hereby want to punish the sacrilegious “pale faces” for their theft of the royal mummy and various Inca treasures. I'm not an expert on the Incas, but apparently a few Aztec elements have been sneaked in here and there by Hergé. The Aztecs, of course, were a somewhat different civilization in Mexico.
I won't reveal the plot twists, except to say that one of them has become something of a classic in the Franco-Belgian comic universe…
“Prisoners of the Sun” was one of my favorite Tintin albums as a kid. It's also one of the least realistic. I gladly give it five stars.
If you are a fan this is a must have.
Gentle and rather old fashioned it takes you back to a different time and place.
Well, ok, to expand slightly on that - since it's a regular occurrence in Tintin adventures - Calculus has been kidnapped and taken to Peru, although the reasons for his abduction are rather flimsy, it seeming to be on account of him inadvertently picking up and wearing a precious artefact belonging to the mummy of the ancient Inca ruler Rascar Capac (which seems to have disappeared, vaporised in a ball of lightning in the last book). All you really need to know is that Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock are in Peru to try to rescue Calculus from persons unknown, since no-one seems to being willing to give them clues as to who might be holding the Professor. Showing kindness to one young Peruvian boy, Zorrino, however Tintin finally gets a lead and a guide to take him to the mysterious and secret Inca site of the Temple of the Sun.
The abandoning of many of the mystic elements of The Seven Crystal Balls is slightly disappointingly, Prisoners of the Sun becoming much more rational in its explanations and more like a typical Tintin adventure, but in a way this just provides a strong balance for the earlier half. Having used the earlier book as a set-up (and what a set-up!), Prisoners of the Sun just goes for all out adventure in a way not seen since Cigars of the Pharaoh.Read more ›
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