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The Seven Crystal Balls (The Adventures of Tintin) Paperback – 26 Sep 2012
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Hergé (Georges Remi) was born in Brussels in 1907. Over the course of 54 years he completed 23 albums of The Adventures of Tintin series, which is now considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comics series of all time. With translations published in over 80 languages, more than 230 million copies sold worldwide and a Hollywood movie to its name, Tintin dominates the Comics and Graphic Novels chart even today. Sadly, Hergé died in 1983, leaving his 24th album, Tintin and Alph-Art, unfinished, but his hero continues to be one of the most iconic characters in both adult and children’s fiction.
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They really are for all ages, some of my best childhood memories are of reading Tintin or Tinni as he is known in Iceland and I still enjoy reading these books today.
What makes the Tintin books so good is that they seem to have everything in it that makes up a good comicbook.
Originality, interesting characters, adventure, suspense, great humor and well thought out stories.
If I had to choose only one Tintin book to take to a Desert Island, I think the Seven Crystal Balls would be it. The book is masterfully drawn like of course all the Tintin books and the story is not just full of humour and thrills but it also has a Mysterious Atmosphere to it which I really like.
“The Seven Crystal Balls” is the only Tintin story with genuine horror elements, based on the old tall tale of Tutankhamon's curse or the Mummy's revenge. In Hergé's version, the curse is Incan rather than Egyptian, and affects seven archaeologists who discover a mysterious Incan mummy in Peru. Interestingly, the occult or magical elements in the story are supposed to be taken at face value. They are not illusions, but a real part of the story's universe. Normally, “The Adventures of Tintin” strike me as very rationalist and modern. Here, by contrast, we are faced with synchronous dreams, a disappearing mummy, occult hypnosis and torture, and even ball lightning! When the distracted professor Calculus (who has no connection to the archeologists) is kidnapped by mysterious Peruvians, Tintin and his sidekick Haddock are forced to take on the darker side of the Force…
The story arc began in “The Seven Crystal Balls” is concluded in “Prisoners of the Sun”, where Tintin and Haddock discover a hidden and menacing Inca civilization in the Andes. Stay tuned for further magickal embroilments!
Revealing more details would ruin the reader's pleasure to read this story who inspired, along with its second part, films and a musical. But the more you read this album, the more you find out why "The Seven Crystal Balls" is a classic in Franco-Belgian comic books. Indeed, with its dramatic scenes present as much as in page 4 as in the pages 30 to 35, Herge reveals himself a talented storyteller in the art of narrating mysterious and dramatic scenes as well as terrifying nightmares, which became major references in the Tintin universe and in Francophone comic books.
By this stage in his writing career, Herge had established a very high standard of graphic art, which is combined here with a suspenseful and well-crafted story that keeps you interested all the way through the book.
Probably the best part of this adventure is the beautifully crafted section set in Tarragon's somwhat sinister country villa, where a gathering storm, nightfall and the looming threat of attack by a mysterious assailant all combine to produce a claustrophobic and terrifying climax, unleashing a series of alarming and unexpected events.
These developments soon point towards a trip to South America and a further series of perilous adventures for Tintin and Captain Haddock in the sequel to this book, "Prisoners of the Sun".
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