The Calculus Affair
Here is yet another of my top three Tintin stories, and, when asked, this is generally
the one I state as my absolute favourite-- to me, it is the quintessential Tintin book, and from what I know I am not alone in this opinion.
This adventure has it all-- humour ranging from amazing sight gags to clever dialogue to wild pratfalls, detective work in spades, a dark and stormy night, ominous men in raincoats, espionage, explosions, car chases (oh god, that Italian driver...), a helicopter chase, a TANK chase, a brief appearance from Castafiore, the introduction of Jolyon Wagg, a bothersome bit of sticking plaster, and a very important little brolly. Please, oh PLEASE let them make a film adaptation of this one. It's non-stop action and loads of fun-- sounds about right to me!
What else can I really say about this? Every facet of The Calculus Affair
is excellent: story, pacing, dialogue, art, humour, action, all of it. It's actually quite hard to write about the stories that I enjoy the most; with lower-rated books, I can quibble about the bits that could have been better, or highlight the parts that outshone the rest of the book. When it's essentially perfect, what's there to say? Haha, I'm already repeating myself!
Well...I suppose I could just ramble about some of my personal favourite parts, such as the opening scene with the mysterious shattering glass (great atmosphere), Arturo Benedetto Giovanni Guiseppe Pietro Archangelo Alfredo Cartoffoli da Milano and his reckless driving (I know far too many Italians for this NOT to be hysterical), and, of course, the STICKING PLASTER. Possibly the best use of a visual gag in the series, particularly on page 46, where Tintin and Haddock are on their flight to Borduria and the secret service agents are attempting to call ahead to warn Szoh˘d...and throughout all of this the sticking plaster makes its way up and down the plane while the agents encounter maddening issues with the telephone line. Classic.
All right, enough lauding from me. Once again, I had to draw this with my crap tablet and that's why I'm posting so late (took FOREVER to make it look right, and had to use guidelines again). Ah well! Sticking plaster makes everything better. Simply the best. Promo010203040506070809101112131415
--17The Adventures of Tintin is ę HERGE/MOULINSART S.A. estate; I will not be personally profiting from ANY of this art