15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I have to admit I was a bit disappointed that none of the three tales collected in Volume 7, the final set of "The Adventures of Tintin," constitute classic examples of Hergé's beloved comic book stories. But that seems a minor concern when you consider the epic scope of Hergé's body of work. It is not that these are bad stories, especially compared to the ones collected in Volume 1 of this series, but rather that Hergé so often provided classic tales, with Tintin traveling to the Moon or diving beneath the sea, that these final three adventures do not measure up.
"The Castafiore Emerald" begins with Tintin and Captain Haddock out for a walk and discovering a band of gypsies camped near the rubbish dump. This offends the good captain, who offers the gypsies the use of a large meadow near his hall. However, no good deed goes unpunished and he receives a telegram announcing the imminent arrival of Biana Castafiore, the Milanese Nightingale. Meanwhile, the broken step on the front staircase earns Haddock a badly sprained ankle and the opportunity to roll around the adventure in a wheelchair. The diva and her entourage then descend upon the hall, literally adding insult to injury by giving the captain the gift of a parrot. But as Castafiore repeatedly points out, she has brought along her jewels, including an emerald given the signora by the Maharajah of Gopal. The gypsy fortuneteller had already predicted the theft of the jewels and we expect her prophecy to come true, even though Castafiore is constantly yelling about her jewels missing. "The Castafiore Emerald" derives its comedy from the clash of characters with Tintin staying out of the way for the most part. Of course, by this time in the series Hergé is completely comfortable with his cast of characters, which shows in the interplay, Hergé also does a delightful take on that new fangled invention, the television.
"Flight 714" is sort of the generic Adventure of Tintin, with a little bit of everything that . A Qantas Boeing 707, Flight 714 from London touches down at Kemajoran Airport in Djakarta, java, last stop before Sydney, Australia. Disembarking is our hero, Snowy, Captain Haddock, and Professor Calculus. As they stretch their legs the good Captain spots a forlorn figure and slips a $5 bill into the man's hat. Once again no good deed of Haddock's goes unpunished and it turns out the old man is Mr. Carreidas, "The millionaire who never laughs." Well, Professor Calculus quickly takes care of that and Carreidas insists on flying Tintin and his friends to Australia on his special jet. Haddock is looking forward to a pleasure trip, an ordinary flight and no adventures, but fate has something else in mind, to wit: a hijacking, a cutting edge prototype means of transportation, an exotic island in the middle of nowhere, an evil scientist with truth serum, a gigantic stone head pagan idol, a threatening lava flow, the return of an old familiar villain, a space ship, and Tintin running around a lot with a gun. Pretty much all of these elements have popped up in the previous twenty Adventures of Tintin that Hergé had told over the previous decades. For that reason this particular adventure strikes me as more of a curtain call for Tintin and his friends than anything else, even though this is the penultimate tale and the Thom(p)sons are no place to be seen.
"Tintin and the Picaros" is the final adventure of Tintin, although there is not any sense of this being the end of the road (except for the surprising discover that suddenly Captain Haddock can no longer stand the taste of alcohol). As the story begins the Captain and Tintin are discussing the state of affairs in San Theodoros, when General Tapioca's dictatorship continues to rule in place of their old friend Alcazar. Then news comes that prima donna Bianca Castafiore has been arrested by Tapioca as part of a conspiracy to over throw the government. But when Tapioca charges Haddock, Tintin, and Professor Calculus as being part of the conspiracy a series of charges and countercharges, as well as outright insults, fly back in the forth in the headlines between Haddock and Tapioca. Finally the Captain agrees to accept Tapioca's "invitation" to come to San Theodoros to discuss the matter. Haddock is pretty much trapped into agreeing, and Calculus insists on going to Madame Castafiore's rescue, but Tintin refuses to go, knowing this has to be a trap. The title of the book refers to the Picaros, which is the name of the rebels in the mountains who want to take back the government of San Theodoros and return Alcazar to power. In this final Adventure of Tintin we are back on familiar ground for the most part, both in terms of the geography and the characters. We know, of course, that Tintin has not abandoned his friends and eagerly anticipate some clever way of arriving upon the scene at a most opportune moment. However, this turns out not to be the case, and when Tintin does arrive on the scene you know that Hergé is providing a standard adventure for his hero and his friends, and not something special.
But while "Tintin and the Picaros" and the other two tales found here are average adventure at best, there can be no doubt that taken together these 21 stories (23 if you count the two earlier "flawed" adventures) are a major accomplishment in the field of comic books. I only wish I had made a point of reading these classics two or three decades earlier, because with "The Adventures of Tintin" Hergé created one of the landmark comic book series since Cortes discovered pre-Columbian picture manuscripts in 1519. In terms of owning these stories your choice is between these smaller, hardbound books collecting three stories each, or the larger softcovered versions. I admit I first read most of them in the larger format but have the smaller hardback versions for the comic book section of my library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2002
I read all the Tintin adventures that were available in the school library, I missed some that they did not have. Now 20 years later, I thought that I should have all the Tintin adventures. The 3 book series is a great way to collect and its also economical, but does not really bring the real flavor like individual 12 x 9.
Anyway, I got started with this one since Flight 714 was one of the best, besides the land of the black gold. I must say that most of the adventures that were dominated by Calculus were not very interesting, even though I have enjoyed Calculus' parts in all the adventures. Also, all the adventures that were space related were extremely boring. The rest are just terrific, the cigars of pharos, fligh 714, land of black gold, picaros, are one of the best work by Herge, who died a few years back.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2006
Volume 7: The Castafiore Emerald (1963), Flight 714 for Sydney (1968), Tintin and the Picaros (1976). This is the last instalment of my reviews of each of the seven volumes.
"Hergé influenced my work as much as Disney," said Andy Warhol. Tintin, hardly known in the USA, nevertheless makes his influence felt here, with Spielberg (in one episode, Haddock risks his life for his captain's cap) and Lichtenstein among his admirers. Among the reasons Tintin is not well-known in the USA is that certain minority sensibilities risk being offended. Some will argue that it's because Tintin is too sexless, though I doubt that's it. Tintin's somewhat bland, unassuming sense of duty propels him and the stories, while the cast of supporting characters give the series its wonderful colour, liveliness and effervescence. It is, thankfully, not a superhero comic, these reserving their appeal to male adolescents and collectors, and not graduating into durable art until efforts such as Alan Moore's superlative Watchmen burst onto the scene in 1986-87. It is also not a comic strip like the great Peanuts or Calvin and Hobbes: it is an adventure series. We would have to revisit Terry and the Pirates for something comparable, but even so, Tintin has acceded to the summit of its art form, its worldwide appeal unabated, while Terry and the Pirates and the other great adventure strips this side of the pond are all but forgotten.
Volume 7 begins with The Castafiore Emerald, where the artwork is almost psychotically draftsman-like, some would say even antiseptically so. But for me, it's the quintessence of Hergé's clean line style and the panels are glowingly beautiful. The wheelchair crash into the doctor's car is a great slapstick panel. There are a couple of departures from the Tintin adventure mode, the more obvious being that it is all set at the home base, Marlinspike. The other departure, a tour de force, is left to the reader who, if s/he doesn't get it then s/he doesn't get the story. Bianca Castafiore's domineering personality is shown in all its glory, with paparazzi infestations, colour television developments, gypsy settlements, prejudice, tabloids, roses, birds and of course, the Emerald.
Flight 714 for Sydney is a departure from the quintessentially clean line style and the artwork is a little more cluttered, but again, for me it works, for example by giving more detail to Haddock's rich store of expressions. The book came out the same year as Von Daniken's Chariots of Fire, but the story came out in serial form a couple of years earlier. Again, I don't want to give away the story, but we are treated to another great adventure involving Calculus' savate kick, a superbly detailed aircraft, a memorable scene blurring the lines between the good and the bad, a Pacific island, ancient sculptures, and what it all means - by the end of the story, you know and I know, but it remains a secret in Tintin's world.
The final complete volume (Hergé died before completing its successor, Tintin and Alph-Art, which is available in its uncompleted form) is Tintin and the Picaros, which brings us back to the Amazon, with Alcazar, the Arumbaya, and the clean line which has, however, thickened a tad too much for my tastes. In my opinion a weaker effort than the previous five, a bit of a let down. There is a sense that Hergé felt that this might be his final album and gave the Thom(p)sons a little too much dignity, maybe to make amends for the countless indignities they suffered in the past. Some panels and dialogue are stilted and the story isn't as tight and fluid as in its predecessors. There are still some ironies, such as the first and last panels. And we get to learn Haddock's first name.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
My wife became a life-long Tintin fan 30-odd years ago when my son was growing up. When I saw this 3 for 1 book advertised, I thought it would make a nice Christmas gift for her. As others have stated, the print and pictures are much too small to enjoy compared to the originals. Granted, Amazon specifies the book size, but who checks that? I just mailed it back for a refund.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2015
It's multiple adventures of Tintin in one book. Unfortunately though, the pages and drawings are just too small to really enjoy. The Tintin books I grew up on were larger and higher quality. This book is good for those who aren't sure they like Tintin and want multiple adventures for a low price. If you like Tintin and want to enjoy the books, hunt around and get the larger books that aren't compilations.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
Wonderfully written stories by Herge. I would have given it 5 stars but for the tiny font of the letters. Very difficult to read the words. I grew up reading these tintin books and was very disappointed to see these tiny words. It took away the humor and fun out of the stories for my 6 year old daughter who was struggling to read the books.
Volume Seven of the Adventures of Tintin contains the last three stories completed by Belgian artist Herge. They feature Herge's cartoon hero, the youthful reporter Tintin, his faithful dog Snowy, and a host of the recurring characters of the series. Herge's fully mature artwork is the perfect complement to three very different yet entertaining storylines.
"The Castafiore Emerald" is almost unique among the Tintin adventures. The story takes place at Captain Haddock's home of Marlinspike; Herge never quite gets around to framing up a real adventure. Instead, this one is played for laughs. A damaged staircase becomes a trap for the unwary; an injured Captain Haddock suffers the sudden descent of Opera Singer Bianca Castafiore and her entourage, and becomes the hillarious object of tabloid speculation. The other elements of the story: a mysterious band of gypsies, prowling reporters, a missing emerald, and the hysterically funny filming of a television special.
"Flight 714 to Sydney" is a perfectly mad adventure featuring an eccentric millionaire, a kidnapping, some of Tintin's oldest foes, a remote island in Southeast Asia, and a truly bizarre ending. As the story opens, Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock, and Professor Calculus fall into company with the millionaire Carreidas, who offers them a lift from Indonesia to Australia aboard his experimental corporate jet. The travelers are kidnapped in mid-air and diverted to a small island. Tintin and his friends manage to escape, but where to run from the bad guys on a small island with an active volcano? The ending is nothing if not unexpected.
"Tintin and the Picaros" takes Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock, and Professor Calculus back to the coup-torn Latin American Republic of San Theodoros, there to attempt the rescue of opera diva Bianca Castafiore. Tintin and his friends evade a deadly trap and fall into company with a group of guerrilla fighters. With the help of the rebels, Tintin will attempt his own coup. An hilarious sub-plot finds Captain Haddock mysteriously unable to consume his favorite whiskey.
Volume Seven of the Adventures of Tintin is very highly recommended to Tintin fans of all ages.
on October 11, 2007
Many of us grew up on Tintin and love them for their great nostalgia value, and reminisces of childhood, as well as the brave values of a simpler, more clarified world of yesteryear.
This volume brings together three of the later Tintin adventures in one handy volume- and for not much more than the price of one.
The Castafiore Emerald
Captain Haddock invites a group of Gypsies living on nearby rubbish dump to come and stay on a meadow by the stream on his estate. Meanwhile the Captain's nemesis, the Florentine opera star, Bianca Castafiore
invites herself to say at his residences of Marlinspike.
Castafiore and her entourage cause the Captain no end of irritation , but the real adventure comes when her prize jewelry goes missing and it is up to Tintin to unravel the mystery.
With the interplay of the Captain and people like Castafiore , the pet parrot , troublemaking journalists, and the insurance broker , Jolyon Wagg , this Tintin album is hilarious from beginning to finish.
At Djakarta International Airport, Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus, make acquaintance with Laszlo Careidas, the eccentric millionaire, and accompany him on his private aircraft, en route to Sydney, Australia.
But they are hijacked by his staffs, who are in the pay of Tintin's old enemy Rastapopulous
As captives on a. wild and dangerous Indonesian Island, they must battle Rastapopulous and his villains,
But vents are to grow stranger, with a strange expert in extra terrestrial phenomena and telepathy, to cross their path.
Gangsters, terrorists, volcanoes, UFOs are just some of the dangers our friends must deal with.
Tintin adventure has a certain eerie quality, and the hypnotic scenes near the end , include several magnificent psychedelic , 1960's style illustrations.
Tintin and the Picaros
Bianca Castafiore, the 'Milanese nightingale' is arrested in San Theodoros, for allegedly plotting against the regime of General Tapioca, who goes on to accuse Tintin, Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus of working with Castafiore to overthrow his government in support of their friend, General Alcazar.
Tapioca lures our friends to San Theodoros by inviting them to come there and prove their innocence.
There the plot thickens and they are forced to flee their hosts and join up with Alcazar and his band of rebels: The Picaros, in the heart of San Theodoros' tropical jungle.
Behind the machinations of the Tapioca regime is the henchman is the sinister Colonel Sponsz, henchman of Tapioca's ally, and the Bordurian dictator, Marshall Kurvi Tasch.
With much humour, excitement and colour, Herge captures well the flavour of a Latin American Banana Republic.
Interesting to note is his play on the relationship of Borduria to her satellite, the Tapioca dictatorship in San Theodoros, resembling the relationship of the old Soviet Union to Cuba.
on December 18, 2006
Volume 7 of the "three in one" Tintin books has the last three completed adventures "The Castafiore Emerald" (1963), "Flight 714" (1968) and "Tintin and the Picaros" (1976). Herge was in his late fifties and sixties when he wrote them, and at times they do have that elder perspective about them. For instance, the elder Captain Haddock's thoughts and feelings seem to be the focus of these stories, while Tintin is more of a side character, investigating. As a kid, I liked "Flight 714", but I didn't find the other two as interesting. They're not like the older stories, but they are fine adventures in their own way.
"The Castafiore Emerald" is completely set on the grounds of Captain Haddock's Marlinspike Hall, and sees the poor Captain swamped by stress and frustrations as the opera singer Bianca Castafiore comes to stay...
"Flight 714" starts off like a standard Tintin action-adventure comic, but then goes all strange in the middle when criminals hijack Tintin's plane and takes him and his friends to a mysterious island...
"Tintin and the Picaros" is like a sequel of sorts to 1937's "The Broken Ear", and sees much of Tintin's investigative past catch up with him in the war torn South American country of "San Theodoros"...
Not the first ones to read for a newcomer (being the last three) but they're worth picking up, and these three in ones are sturdy, a convenient size and great value.
on January 13, 2007
I grew up with Tintin books, and my kids are now at an age where they are beyond "See Spot Run" but don't always have the patience for a full-length book. The stories are always great, and the research is meticulous. Most of the story subjects were highly topical at the time, and reading the books regularly provide history refresher.
"The Castafiore Emerald", though it is probably the least "adventurous" of the Tintin books, in my view has the most complex story structure, with a number of plots weaving into each other. A timeless classic.
Herge is no stranger to the esoteric story, but "Flight 714" is clearly the most extreme in this respect. Still, a good story, and an opportunity to deal with a perennial nemesis.
"Tintin and the Picaros" again revisits old territory and old friends like General Alcazar and his Latin American banana republic. This book prompted a long discussion on guerillas and insurgencies with my 8-year-old.