Tintin and his friends are involved in the first manned flight to the moon which proves perilous.Tintin and his friends are involved in the first manned flight to the moon which proves perilous.Hide synopsis
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Off they go into space, and of course Haddock wastes no time in getting wasted. Tintin, in a rare fit of pique, scolds him terrible (Haddock's had it coming for years). The detectives are discovered on board (no adventure can be complete without the delicate duo providing comic relief), and they have a relapse of purple hair growing - good timing. Thompson himself has another fit of pique - what is it with all the characters going out of character here - and there's plenty of weird science (magnetic boots, turning the rocket 180 degrees so it can be landed, etc). The words of the first man to walk the moon: "This is it!... I've walked a few steps!... For the first itme in the history of mankind there is an EXPLORER ON THE MOON." Tintin describes the place as "a nightmare land, a place of death, horrifying in its desolation... Not a tree, not a flower, not a blade of grass.... Not a bird, not a sound, not a cloud." The explorers proceed to have their bit of fun in low gravity, adventures in the moon-tank, and a mysterious accident. The detectives walk in circles again (a la Land of Black Gold), and there's lunar spelunking - need to have a bit of man-versus-nature danger to supplement the usual man-versus-man drama. Finally, with a stowaway discovered on board (there was so much security in book one getting into the rocket facility, but clearly none for getting into the bird itself) the real bloodthirsty action begins. The final part of the book is inventive, well-paced drama, with plenty of Tintin heroism - brave little guy. Even more drama when they get back to earth, as well as a bit of fun with a bottle of Loch Lamond whisky and some Haddock buffoonery giving the book a near-perfect finale.
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