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(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Tintin Volume 6
Age Range: 9-11
The internationally successful ‘Adventures of Tintin’ are Belgian comic writer and artist Hergé’s most well-known and beloved works. Tintin Volume 6 contains three classic Tintin graphic novels available in one deluxe hardcover edition.
Land of Black and Gold
War is looming in Europe and, in fact, the entire world as the conflict is fueled by concerns over oil supplies. Companies are in conflict over the right to supply oil, and the tension is rising between the Arab states that hold the reserves of this precious liquid. A mystery chemical has been added by saboteurs to petrol supplies, rendering cars, airplanes and military vehicles useless. Tintin sets off for the Middle East hoping to unmask those responsible for the plot. The ring-leader turns out to be none other than Doctor Müller who first appeared in The Black Island. Readers are also introduced for the first time to the Emir Ben Kalish Ezab and his son, Abdullah and as if Tintin doesn’t have enough to deal with, the detectives Thomson and Thompson fall victim to a strange illness.
Tintin, Captain Haddock and Snowy receive an invitation from Professor Calculus to Klow, the capital city of Syldavia where he is working on a top-secret project in the Sprodj Atomic Research Centre. The subsoil in this remote region is rich in uranium and the Syldavian government and Professor Calculus’s scientists hope to use atomic energy for a new era of space exploration. However, behind the scenes, there is a sinister plot by aggressive foreign powers to hijack this technology. The stakes are high but, Professor Calculus is determined to achieve his goal: to build a rocket that will transport human beings to the moon and it is up to Tintin and his friends to help him.
Explorers of the Moon
Tensions are running high at the Sprodj Atomic Research Centre in Klow. Contact with the moon rocket has been lost and the passengers have temporarily been knocked unconscious by the terrible pressure exerted by the moon rocket’s acceleration. There is also an unwelcome surprise in store for the astronauts when they wake up. Despite the meticulous prelaunch planning, there are two extra passengers on board – Thomson and Thompson which causes a shortage of oxygen. Will Tintin and Snowy manage to make it through this adventure in one piece?
These three-in-one volumes of Tintin stories are convenient and excellent value. Although they don’t quite match up to the big print of the individual comics making it harder to enjoy the detail in Hergé's layouts, they still provide hours of entertainment as the reader becomes absorbed in the Tintin adventures.