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The Calculus Affair

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003


    One of the best efforts by the greatest comic genius of all times. I've read every title by Herge and this certanily claims to be among his top three, second only to Prisoners of The Sun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    No Good Crying Over Broken Glass, Captain

    The Calculus Affair deserves to rank as one of the best Tintins, and it certainly has some of the canon's best moments. Along the way readers encounter Jolyon Wagg, possibly the world's most persistent (and aggravating) insurance salesman, slimy womaniser Colonel Sponsz, a plunge in the duckpond, various ostrogoths in trenchcoats and breaking glass. Hanging out with the Captain seems to have done Tintin no end of good-here he is much more 'human' than the priss of previous adventures. And even if you don't read the rest of the story, you have to read the Opera House section, which is class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2001

    Excellent story

    At Marlinspike, glass is breaking all over the house - mirrors, cups, windows, vases - and only Calculus doesn't seem to notice. After he leaves for a conference in Geneva, Tintin and the Captain notice that all the destruction stopped as soon as Calculus was gone, and they look in his laboratory where they find a strange device and crates full of broken glass. They also find a Bordurian gangster. So they go to Geneva, certain that the Professor is being trailed, that someone is after his invention, and that he is in danger. Unfortunately they never catch up, but all the time pick up more evidence that the Bordurians and Syldavians are both trying to get hold of some plans belonging to Calculus - the plans for a machine which could be used for mass destruction with some further developments. In Borduria, Tintin and Haddock manage to get Calculus out of Bordurian hands by masquerading as the required Red Cross agents, providing as evidence the necessary papers that they got out of Colonel Sponz's pocket the night before. Calculus goes with them, thrilled to be on the way home, but horrified that his umbrella is missing: the plans for his machine are rolled up the handle! Upon their return to the hotel in Geneva, Snowy finds the Prof.'s umbrella, but the plans are not inside! Calculus is dreadfully anxious all the way home... and then finds the plans exactly where he left them the day he left. He very responsibly destroys them so as to prevent any serious and inhuman damage happening. This is not the most humourous episode, but the story is definitely born of a genius and finely executed as well. Recommended most highly as are all the Tintin stories - :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2000

    Tintin is also for adult reader

    Tintin is not only for kids, but also an entertainment for adults. You'll love Tintin.

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    Posted December 13, 2009

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