This droll and beautifully painted adventure plays on the Tintin canon while offering an original adventure tale. A large cast of characters is brought together in a Roaring Twenties England by the promise of a fortune to be won in an orchid competition. A Hollywood actress, her agent, an antiquarian, an overeager reporter, a scholar and his assistant (Julius Chancer), and a number of evildoers with vaguely Russian names seek the titular flower while trying to elude and outpace their competitors across the Channel and into Europe toward India. Many tongue-in-cheek references to Tintin appear but in no way hobble the energy and drama of this tale: the indefatigable but crude reporter; identical twin daughters of a stunt pilot; and the apple-cheeked Julius, whose black hair lies pasted in an unstirringly dead quiff to his forehead. There are also sly, and very funny, references to social-class oddities, sexual orientation, and even clowns. While this is a perfect combination of send-up and memorial to Hergé, it’s also a strong work even for those have managed (how?) to have never met Tintin. --Francisca Goldsmith
"The between-the-wars setting is meticulously rendered, the storyline intricate and engrossing... Ewing has crafted something at once reverential and joyous that has a life of its own."
--James Lovegrove, Financial Times"...beneath the obvious beauty of the artwork is an equally great, old fashioned adventure tale. It works for children and it works for us adults. An absolutely cracking adventure story."
--Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International"It's rare to talk about "voice" in comics, but I love the sparkling sense of warmth, depth, intrigue and fun in this book. You reach the final page and you think, "Wha-hey! We're on an adventure!"
--David Morris, Mirabilis
"Engaging characters, exciting old-school adventure [and] fluid storytelling . . . one of the best graphic novels of the year." —Brian Talbot, author, Alice in Sunderland
"While this is a perfect combination of send-up and memorial to Hergé, it’s also a strong work even for those [who] have managed (how?) to have never met Tintin." — Booklist
"This book mixes adventure, legend, history and fun and comic book lovers won't be able to get enough of it." — [Uniontown, PA] Union-Standard