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Definitely Not Amongst Herge's Best,
This review is from: Cigars of the Pharaoh (The Adventures of Tintin) (Hardcover)
As has already been noted by several ealier reviewers, Cigars Of The Pharoah really is not worthy of so many of Herge's other books.
Indeed, the story is a very confusing and untidy affair, with the action shifting abruptly from one part of the globe to a completely different one within the space of a couple of pictures. The plot lines behave in a similar fashion, and previously unknown individuals and organisations enter the story without explanation and little apparent relevance. And it ends in an ambiguous and unsatisfying way. (I'm very interested to see what an earlier reviewer said about this book originating as a strip cartoon).
This is a great shame, as it has (IMO) one of the most attractive covers and lots of other wonderful artwork. In fact, its because of the artwork that I've given it 3 stars rather than 2. (Pity there wasn't more of the GREAT Egyptian scenery - I reckon Herge missed a trick there).
Nevertheless, for any real Tintin fan, there are still things to enjoy in this book, and a proper collection wouldn't be complete without it.