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The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 4: Red Rackham's Treasure / The Seven Crystal Balls / Prisoners of the Sun (3 Volumes in 1) Hardcover – April 1, 2007
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Volume 4 of the 3-in-1 Tintin series begins in the middle of an adventure, concluding the story begun in The Secret of the Unicorn. (Keeping all the two-part stories together was not possible in the 3-in-1 format because chronologically, the Unicorn/Rackham and Crystal/Prisoners two-parters are back to back.) Red Rackham's Treasure follows Tintin and friends as they search for the pirate booty procured by Captain Haddock's ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock, in the West Indies. They receive some unexpected help in the form of a hard-of-hearing inventor named Professor Calculus, who would go on to become one of the most endearing characters of the series. (Herge admitted that the character was one "whom I never suspected would take on such importance.") It's a lot of fun, with some submarine and diving adventures, humor from the Thompsons, and an unexpected (but satisfying) ending. The Seven Crystal Balls begins on a light note, as Captain Haddock tries to adjust to his new life as a gentleman following the events of Red Rackham's Treasure. He wears a monocle and frequents the music hall, where in a not-unusual coincidence he and Tintin happen to find General Alcazar (The Broken Ear) and the dreaded diva Bianca Castafiore. However, it's the act of fakir Ragdalam with Madame Yamilah, the amazing clairvoyante, that reveals the central adventure: the scientists excavating the tomb of Racar Capac have incurred the curse of the Inca. Despite the efforts of bungling detectives Thompson ("With a P, as in Philadelphia") and Thomson ("Without a P, as in Venezuela"), the explorers are stricken, and one of Tintin's closest friends disappears mysteriously, leading to a trip to Peru in the second part, Prisoners of the Sun. After The Seven Crystal Balls set the eerie stage, Tintin and his friends continue their adventures in Peru. There Tintin rescues an orange-seller named Zorrino from being bullied, and the young man becomes their guide in their quest to find the Temple of the Sun. But they find more than they bargained for and end up in a hot spot. The perils of this engaging two-part adventure are especially harrowing in their combination of the supernatural and the real, although the resolution is a little too deus ex machina. Calculus and the Thompsons provide their usual comic relief.
The 3-in-1 format provides excellent value, but the small size (about 40% smaller than the single-story paperbacks) makes it harder to enjoy the detail in Herge's layouts. --David Horiuchi
Original Language: French
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Adventures of Tintin are one of the best, well-made and artistic series of Graphic Novels and Animations ever made. The graphic arts, animation drawing style and the art style are superb and nostalgic. The stories are well written and they capture your attention to read from beginning to the end! They are simply addictive!
If you have never read them, then you have no clue on what you are missing! There is nothing like them in American Graphic Novels. They are well illustrated and well written action adventures, crime thrillers full of suspense which kids will love them and you will be amazed by them. They will keep kids busy for days and months!
Adventures of Herge
It all started with the great Belgian artist “Herge” aka Georges Remi (1907 – 1983) writing and drawing a series of newspaper comic strips in French (1929). It is now over 80 years that the legend of Tintin continues on. Next came comic books, graphic novels, movies, merchandise, action figures, TV series and the rest is history. Adventures of Tintin has been translated in 38 languages and is globally read and watched by a large group of super fanatic fans. Adventures of Tintin has a cult following and is a cult classic!
Adventures of Tintin
Adventures of Tintin are fun to watch as the animation series or movies but they are best to be read in the graphic novel formats. Tintin comics are legendary. They are so well illustrated to the detail and the illustration style is so unique and artistic, old fashion style. Each comic strip has been illustrated with care and patience. They are illustrated to the detail and drawn sharp and colorful. Illustrations are nostalgic style and were drawn superbly; they are nothing like today’s cheesy doodles you see in graphic novels and animations!
Tintin is an international adventurer and a snoopy reporter who ends up solving crimes and exposing international cover-ups and intriguing plots! Snowy is his faithful Fox Terrier dog. Captain Haddock is a veteran sea dog, a ship captain. Professor Calculus is a nearly deaf and absent minded inventor professor. Detectives Thomson and Thompson are a couple of clumsy and funny twin detectives.
Tintin (Investigative Reporter & International Trouble Maker)
Snowy (Faithful & Intelligent but Playful Dog)
Captain Haddock (Old School Sea Captain)
Professor Calculus (Great Inventor & Absent Minded Professor)
Thomson & Thompson (Silly & Clumsy Detectives)
Nestor (The Faithful Butler)
Bianca Castafiore (Loud Opera Singer)
Jolyon Wagg (Persistent Insurance Salesman)
General Alcazar (South American Nationalist Dictator)
Chang (Chinese Boy)
Rastapopoulos (Criminal Mastermind)
Mohammed Ben Kalish (Arab Amir)
Abdullah (Amir’s Son)
This Book Series
This series is the compact printed version of the original oversize large books. Overall, Tintin has 21 full colored books (2 black and white). The black and white books are “Tintin in the Land of the Soviets” and “Tintin in Congo” which are not parts of the Animated TV Series, Book Series and this collection. They are minor episodes. This collection consists of 7 volume book series with 3 full story books in each volume. They inputted 3 large size original books in each of these compact books. It comes down to 7 volumes with a total of 21 graphic novels, 3 graphic novels in each book volume. This collection has the complete 21 graphic novels in compact size.
Compact size does not mean microscopic, hard to read and unclear drawing! On the contrary, each volume has 3 full episodes (3 original books) illustrated wonderfully, sharp and detailed, yet in smaller size. The text is very sharp and clear and the volumes are well formatted, well binded and well printed. They are precious hardcover books.
This collection is the 2009 edition of the Hardcover Adventures of Tintin Series, 192 pages each (3 full story books) published by “Little Brown Books” of New York, USA.
Size: 8 ¾” x 6 1/4” x ½”
Each volume is a sturdy, well binded, full color book consisting of 3 full graphic novels. If you purchase all 7 volumes, then you will own the complete series of 21 graphic novels:
Adventures of Tintin
Tintin in America
Cigars of Pharaoh
The Blue Lotus
The Broken Ear
The Black Island
King Ottokars Sceptre
The Crab with the Golden Claws
The Shooting Star
The Secret of the Unicorn
Red Rackham’s Treasure
The Seven Crystal Balls
Prisoners of the Sun
Land of Black Gold
Explorers on the Moon
The Calculus Affair
The Red Sea Sharks
Tintin in Tibet
The Castafiore Emerald
Flight 714 to Sydney
Tintin and the Picaros
Each volume is a work of art and consists of 3 stories which capture your attention until you finish all 3 of them! This series is written and illustrated in a manner of comic strips written for ages 8 to 80! This series is not only for kids but the adults love them because they are basically:
All in one!
Adventures around the Globe
The series is about Tintin and Snowy going around the globe, literally to many regions and countries with their crew and meet new friends and make new enemies, solving crimes, investigating corruption and getting in huge troubles. Characters are superbly written and masterfully illustrated. Once reading the series, you will literally travel around the globe with Tintin and learn so much about the various cultures and countries around the world. You feel like you are inside the graphic novel travelling with Tintin. Once you start each volume, you will not stop until you read at least one story of the three.
In this series, Tintin travels to 6 continents, many regions and a load of countries. Each episode is full of action and adventures.
You can’t just quickly read each page and you have to slowly read each strip because each drawing has all kinds of detailed elements and action going on in it that you have to focus and observe each drawing with patience. You need to take your time and you will discover more details in the illustration of each comic square. Reading is one thing but there is so much more in drawings that together they tell you the complete story. Tintin is best read slowly and enjoyed when taking time to view each illustration in detail. The volumes are so well drawn and artistically illustrated that you do not want to take your eyes off of them!
Buy the Complete 7 Volumes
Once you start, you will recognize that you need to have the complete series. It will be the best money you ever spent on graphic novels. They are perfect for kids to carry, because they are compact, yet they are heavy duty because they are hardcover. Kids love it because there are 3 books in each volume and they will get busy reading them for hours and days and months! They will read them over and over because they are full of suspense, adventure and fun. They are so colorful and action pact. Easy to carry, easy to read, and best to occupy kids during travel, summer and vacations. Your kids will thank you forever because once you get started on these, you must have them all.
Do yourself and your precious ones a favor. Give them a gift which will last forever and it will challenge and expand their imagination. This series will make a great impact on them which will last them their entire life. It did make a great impact on me and until this day, I have not seen anything like it in the market. That is why I purchased the compact series for my little Sun Goddess who is also a great traveler and adventurer. She loved them and she treasures them. They are a part of her library and from time to time she reads them over and over. I bet with you that she will read them once a while and from time to time, for the rest of her life (same as me) because she is now hooked!
Life is too short ,buy the whole series and introduce the amazing wonderful world of Tintin full of action and adventures to your loved ones and to yourself!
i recommend it to all tintin fans and to all the ones who haven't discovered tintin yet
Of course, you have been reading these in order, because if for some strange reason you start with Volume 4 then you begin with the second-half of an adventure that began in "The Secret of the Unicorn" (see Volume 3). Although Hergé offers a bit of a recapitulation in the form of a conversation overhead in a bar at the beginning of "Red Rackham's Treasure," you will really not be up to speed on this one. The main thing is that having collected all the clues regarding the titular treasure, Tintin and Captain Haddock are prepared to go forth and find it. However, almost as important as the search for the treasure is our introduction to the final pivotal member of the Tintin family, as Professor Cuthbert Calculus offers the service of his small shark-proof submarine for exploring the ocean floor. Tintin refuses the offer, but it turns out that Professor Calculus always hears somkething other than what somebody is really saying. Adding to the fun are the Thom(p)sons, who come alone with orders to protect Tintin.
"Red Rackham's Treasure" is mostly a pure adventure story, with Tintin using the small submarine and a deep sea diving suit to look for the treasure of the Unicorn. But there is still some detective work left to be done to decipher the final cryptic clues left by Sir Francis Haddock concerning the treasure's location. I still like Hergé's two-part adventure that sent Tintin to the Moon, but this two-parter is not far behind. This is the last of the Tintin stories Hergé wrote during World War II, and after this point we will definitely see his stories become much more allegorical in terms of post-War Europe. But this time around it is just Tintin, Snowy, and company out having fun beneath the deep blue sea.
Tintin's next two-part adventure is included here as well, beginning with "The Seven Crystal Balls" and concluding in "Prisoners of the Sun." The story begins with Tintin on the train reading how the Sanders-Hardiman Ethnographic Expedition has returned a trip to Peru and Bolivia. The gentleman reading over Tintin's shoulder predicts trouble, drawing a parallel between what happened with the curse of King Tut-Ankh-Amen's tomb and these explorers violating the Inca's burial chambers. "What'd we say if the Egyptians or the Peruvians came over here and started digging up our kings?," asks the gentleman; What'd we say then, eh?" The comment is important, not only because tragedy does strike the seven members of the expedition as they fall prey to the Crystal Balls of the book's title, but because one of the themes that Hergé develops in this particular epic is the respect Europeans should have for other cultures and ways of life.
This point has been implict in many of Tintin's adventures, but it is a dominant element this time around. Assissted by his good friend Captain Haddock, Tintin becomes embroiled in the mystery, which takes a more personal turn when Professor Calculus is kidnapped. One interesting twist in this story is that Snowy actually ends up causing more trouble than the Thom(p)sons. There is a seriousness to what happens in "The Seven Crytal Balls" and "Prisoners of the Sun" that reflects a significant turning point in Hergé's work, laying the ground work for his greatest tales, the two-part Moon story and "Tintin in Tibet."
"Prisoners of the Sun" concludes the epic Tintin adventure as the Sanders-Hardiman Ethnographic Expedition returns from a trip to Peru and Bolivia exploring Inca burial chambers when all seven members fell into comas induced by mysterious crystal balls. Tintin is already involved in the mystery when Professor Calculus is kidnapped and put aboard a steamer bound for Peru. With Snowy and Captain Haddock in tow, Tintin arrives in South America ready to rescue his friend and solve the mystery of the curse of the Incas. This involves a journey through the Andes Mountains and the jungles of the rain forest.
There is seriousness to what happens in "The Seven Crystal Balls" and "Prisoners of the Sun" that reflects a significant turning point in Hergé's work. The point that Europeans need to respect the cultures of other peoples is not only explicitly articulated by Tintin in these volumes, but is reinforced by the attention to details he puts into Tintin's visit to foreign lands. The ability of Hergé to grow as a storyteller over the course of his distinguished career is impressive and these stories deserve the accolades they have received and the affection with which they have been embraced by generations of readers. I have always liked his foray into science fiction with the two-part Moon story, but Hergé never did anything any better than this Incan epic. "Prisoners of the Sun" also has one of Hergé's best running gags: no, not the perpetual confrontations between Captain Haddock and the llamas, but the attempt by the Thom(p)sons to use dowsing to help solve the case.