Finally posting the third entry in my 2015 Tintin reading challenge tonight with The Broken Ear! (So far I’ve also read Cigars & The Blue Lotus).
This one’s a solid entry into the Tintin series for me– and a solid Tintin story is still pretty ace when you get down to it, but ultimately, it’s just not one of my favourites.
During his search for the missing fetish with the broken ear, Tintin ends up in South America where he enlists in the army under the temperamental General Alcazar (who will go on to have other appearances in Tintin adventures) the high point of which being a pretty impressive car chase.
As ever, there are some great phrases in Tintin comics – often insults or exclamations – and it was fun to see ‘great snakes’ in this one. I also really enjoyed the comedy around the ‘fake Tintins’ on the ocean liner scene. Especially noteworthy, I thought, were the devils who are seen taking two of the villains away right near the end of the story.
Again, not the best Tintin adventure, but in no way disappointing.
Next up: The Black Island.
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
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