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To the Moon in a polkagris
on 7 August 2015
Tintin, Haddock, Calculus, Snowy and (by mistake) the Thompson Twins travel to the Moon in a rocket that looks like a cross between the Nazi V-2 and a Swedish polkagris. Unknown adversaries attempt to hijack the rocket on the Moon (!) with the aid of a renegade Syldavian agent. Syldavia is the fictitious nation launching the moon rocket – in a previous Tintin adventure, it was described as “the smallest Balkan state” and was ruled by a semi-feudal monarchy!
Meanwhile, Tintin becomes the first human ever to walk on the surface of our desolate satellite, and he even discovers ice and the previous existence of liquid water. Fans of Forteana might be interested to learn that Tintin's creator Hergé was a friend of Bernard Heuvelmans and discussed the contents of the Moon adventure with “the father of cryptozoology”.
It's also interesting to note that “Explorers on the Moon” scandalized the Catholic Church, since one of the characters commit suicide, forcing Hergé to slightly rewrite the adventure in a later edition.
In my opinion, “Explorers on the Moon” is better than “Destination Moon” (the first part of the story), since the plot, including scheming great power agents and traitors, is allowed to take precedence over the slapstick/whiskey elements of which Hergé was so fond. I therefore give it three-and-a-half stars.