Tintin and the Picarosby Hergé
The classic graphic novel. Bianca Castafiore, Thomson and Thompson are being imprisoned for allegedly attempting to overthrow General Tapioca's dictatorship. Tintin, Professor Calculus, and Captain Haddock set out to clear their friends' names. See more details below
The classic graphic novel. Bianca Castafiore, Thomson and Thompson are being imprisoned for allegedly attempting to overthrow General Tapioca's dictatorship. Tintin, Professor Calculus, and Captain Haddock set out to clear their friends' names.
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Although this isn't Tintin at its best, I still have a strange affection for it. It lacks the intrigue of previous outings and the characters seem slightly skewed-the Captain no longer drinks, for example, and Tintin has lost his zest for adventure-but it has many nice touches. It's definitely nice to see Alcazar who, despite being a tyrant and a bully, is one of my favourite characters... and in a brand new guise as henpecked husband! The finale at the carnival is pure magic, and tinged with sadness, since this was to be the last completed story (sniff)... Oh, well...
I rate this book four stars not because I necessarily like it LESS than any other Tintin book, but because Hergé's style has changed. First of all, when Bianca Castafiore is in prison in San Theodoros and General Alcazar needs help to regain power, Tintin has no intention of going: he wants to stay home. It's the Captain who goes, with Calculus. Of course Tintin does come a few days later, but the fact that initially he didn't want to come is quite alien to Tintin's character as I found it in the preceding books. Also all it is is a the story of helping a bunch of guerrillas to take over the rule again - no mystery, and nobody except to man to be deposed who is utterly BAD. It lacks much of the style I love about the other Tintin books. Still, there are funny moments, and the art, although different (it is brighter and bolder) is nice. Definitely not my favourite story but I still think it good enough I would buy it:)