Tintin in America
Oh boy. What a way to start out the Advent Calendar. I hate to admit that this is among my least favourite of the Tintin books, and when I was younger I don't think I understood just WHY that was the case. I mean, it was still Tintin, right? Tintin and Snowy, roaming around solving mysteries and thwarting gangsters...sounds pretty typical, but I was never enthused about reading America
, only doing so whenever I got the itch to read the series in full. (more recently, I've taken to just skipping straight to Cigars of the Pharaoh
) I was also pretty grumpy whenever I turned on the show and found they were showing the America
episode-- even I could tell that it was simply a poor adaptation of an already weak book.
As I grew up, I came to understand that most of the early adventures are extremely episodic, jumping from one action sequence or moment of peril to the next without slowing down all that much for...say, plot. The two books that precede this one suffer more from this particular flaw, but America
still stands out --to me, at any rate-- as distinctly unpolished compared to most of the rest of the series.
That said, there are some fun and memorable moments. Gotta love the meat factory scene and "KIDNAP INC.". Also, my brother (who will be mentioned a fair number of times throughout the month, I expect, since he's a fellow fan and we grew up, uh, fan-ing together) and I spent an inordinate amount of time poking fun at the character of Bobby Smiles. We were convinced that he was actually quite fat, in spite of the fact that he was drawn with a fairly fit physique-- his apparently cumbersome weight is complained about at least twice in the story, once by Tintin himself. xD
Meanwhile, I didn't really want to go into the cringe-worthy treatment of the Native Americans (for example, originally the tribe featured was called the "Big-Toes")...but there is a great satirical bit where they're forced off their land when oil is discovered there, and a bustling metropolis is built on that spot in only a day! At least the 'Indians' are shown in a sympathetic light during that scene.
As for the panel/scene I decided to draw...what can I say? He has a sword-cane. How badass is that? This may seem harsh, but right off the bat I can say that I'll probably only be handing out one or two 5-star ratings...and bear in mind that these are on a scale of Tintin to TINTIN!!1!!Promo
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