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King Ottokar's Sceptre

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    Anarchy of an Anschluss

    This has to be the best Tintin book belonging to the BC phase (Before Captain). It's our first introduction to Syldavia-we visit again in the 'Moon' story-and it's depicted with such charm and energy by Herge that it seems real. It's also the debut of the ghastly-but great-Signora Bianca Castafiore, dominatrix of the Tintinverse. I love the scene where they're sharing a taxi and she (immodest as always) offers to sing for him; only for him to scarper at the ear-splitting racket! It's amusing to see the Thompsons described as 'detectives of international repute'-reputed to be nitwits, that is! This is a fantastic episode, and unlike others early on, I didn't keep thinking: "I wish the Captain was here..." Simply marvellous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2001

    Fantastic Supreme

    Snowy warned Tintin not to return the briefcase they found abandoned on a bench, even though the address was in it - but of course Tintin didn't listen to his dog's advice. Hector Alembick, sigillographer, was thrilled to have his briefcase back, and tells Tintin that he is going to leave for Syldavia as soon as he can find a secretary. Prof. Alembick wants to study the seals of the royalty there. Within the next 24 hours, Tintin is secretly photographed, followed, and almost blown up as well. Naturally he knows there are spies after him, and of course Tintin couldn't resist the opportunity to find out WHY they were so determined to be rid of him - so when he realises that the men after him are Syldavian, he decides to go with Prof. Alembick as secretary and get to the bottom of this situation. On the flight to Syldavia, Tintin realises he is travelling with an Alembick who is not Alembick, and on the 'special plane' commissioned to take them straight to Klow (the capital of Syldavia), the pilot flips a lever and Tintin falls through the floor of the plane. The parachute saves Snowy, and Tintin is rescued by the unusual hospitality of a load of hay. The two farmers take him to the police station. There Tintin tells the police high guy that he is sure that the conspirators are out to steal the King's Sceptre, thus forcing him to give up the throne. The high guy happens to be part of the conspiracy and sets a trap for him so that Tintin winds up in the prison. He escapes and walks to Klow, realising that the only person he could safely confide in was the King himself. Meanwhile, the gang is getting permission to get deeper and deeper in the Kropow Castle where all the treasures are - sceptre included - under the influence of Alembick, whom they have no reason to mistrust as he is there for studious purposes only. Tintin finally meets the king one day, in the street, rather by chance - along with his aide-de-camp, the Colonel Jorgen of later lunar infamy. The king is greatly alarmed and rushes with Tintin to Kropow Castle only to find that the Sceptre has already disappeared. Tintin surveys the situation and sees that the sceptre was catapulted from the window to the forest outside the castle wall. Tintin finds the gangsters still looking for it and gives them a lively chase to the border. This is about the tenth Tintin review I have written today and I am running out of ways to say: This book is simply marvellous. Or... 'To be precise,' as Thompson and Thomson would say, 'marvellously simple.';)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2000


    Tintin and King Ottokar's Septre is so fun filled and packed with adventure, you'll never put it down. I love the cartoons.

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    Posted December 13, 2009

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