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The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 4: Red Rackham's Treasure / The Seven Crystal Balls / The Prisoners of the Sun (Tintin #12, 13, 14)

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Three classic graphic novels in one deluxe hardcover edition: Red Rackham's Treasure, The Seven Crystal Balls, and Prisoners of the Sun.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 8th 1991)
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Mar 31, 2016 Morgan rated it it was amazing
In this volume of 3-in-1 we are introduced to Professor Calculus. He is an absent minded professor who is very hard of hearing. Like the Twins, he too is a comical relief in the series.

Still noticing the art s improving and there is a nice little story going on now too. Nothing you need to read each issue to get, but nice to see recurring characters.
Nov 01, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels

The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 4, books 10-12

Red Rackham's Treasure: Book 10. Sequel and conclusion to The Secret of the Unicorn. Professor Calculus is introduced. Tintin and friends search for the treasure hidden by Capt. Haddock's ancestor. Despite some red herrings, such as the escape of Max Bird and the possibilty of cannibals, the tale is fairly tame compared to Tintin's usual adventures.

The Seven Crystal Balls: Book 11. Scientists recently returned from a Peruvian expedition fall under an
May 07, 2012 Cliff rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
At this point, Herge's storytelling has matured to the level that there's a definite flow to each story. I do find myself a little annoyed that these collections chose to collect three stories, the first of which is the direct sequel to a prior story. The other two are joined as well, but at least appear in the same volume. There is a passing reference made to Tintin having met the opera singer multiple times in the past and yet the continuity is such that I do not believe that one of those case ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013, reread
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Nov 11, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it
This volume contains several critical milestones in the Tintin chronology, including the introduction of Professor Cuthbert Calculus, who became a core character after his initial appearance in Red Rackham's Treasure. In addition, Captain Haddock takes possession of Marlinspike Hall in the same book, and this location would go on to serve as Tintin's base of operations in his later adventures.[return][return]Beyond these points, the three stories contained in this volume incorporate a real boldn ...more
Aug 02, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing
The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead ...more
I have always loved Hergé's Tintin adventure books. Rereading them as an adult, some of the racist attitudes inherent in the society of colonial Belgium are more apparent and that did detract from my enjoyment. It is, nonetheless, a series of remarkable adventure stories that must have seemed even more amazing when they were written, so long ago. I recommend reading this book for what it is: a fabulous adventure story, a beautifully illustrated graphic novel, and a window into the time it was wr ...more
Kalpana Jacob
Jul 11, 2007 Kalpana Jacob rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Tintin was the greatest guy ever. When I was yonger, I thought Tintin was a yonug journalist (kinda like a young nancy drew) due to the drawings. As I re read them over and over I realized he was probably in his twenties. haha. Tintin comics never get old, no matter how many time you read them. When you're with Tintin, you are caught up in the moment, you feel his adreniline and you always feel a sense of accompishment when HE solves a mystery/puzzle. Tintin is a legitament reason to be late to ...more
Apr 20, 2013 Niki rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt Herge is up there with the best storytellers of all time. His masterful artwork, memorable characters and exciting stories create a world that is at once imaginative and historically rich, classic and timeless for children and adult readers today. Red Rackham's Treasure is definitely one of the best Tintin tales - a must read. Herge was one of those rare perfectionists who managed to achieve what he set out to do. These books are works of art.
Aaron Kaase
Volume 1 of 7 volume series, each of these contain three Tintin books. I like these books because they're compact and don't take a lot of shelf space. The printing quality is very good: rich color ink on nice, smooth paper. The only complaint I have is with the physical dimensions of the books, which are 45% smaller than the traditional albums. That said, they are no substitute for the original albums if you are a serious Tintin fan or collector, as I am.
Jenny GB
Apr 22, 2012 Jenny GB rated it really liked it
This volume is another of my favorites in the series. I love the two part story of the Incas since I'm drawn to ancient cultures. The conclusion of the Unicorn story was very nice as well. One of my favorite characters, Professor Calculus, also features heavily in these books which makes them even more enjoyable for me. I have great memories of reading these books as a kid and it's wonderful to revisit them to enjoy them all over again.
Apr 03, 2012 Nichole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ok....I LOOOOOOOOOOOVED Tintin!!! omgosh!!! even though I saw the movie first, I fell in love with the characters!! but after reading 3 different adventures...I fell even MORE in love and...omgosh! I really don't read graphic novels but these are very well written and actually humorous. Not laugh out loud but chuckle funny! Now I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope Speilberg does another Tintin Adventure!!!! I'm now a Tintin fan!!!!
Steven Pattison
Oct 25, 2011 Steven Pattison rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I might have really enjoyed reading these Tintin adventures stories twenty years ago but at present time I found the material somewhat expectedly to be a bit out of my age group — I could however still very much appreciate the artwork and illustrations.
Nov 12, 2010 Marcus rated it it was ok
I read Red Rackham's Treasure. This got two stars because it was okay.

I've had enought Tintin for now and don't want to read any more for a while.
I have a crush on Captain Haddock. He's a drunk, and he flails, and I still can't figure out why I find him so adorable.
Sudhir JogLekar
May 14, 2013 Sudhir JogLekar rated it it was amazing
The first time I ever read a Tintin was when I bought it for my children and I fell in love with him as much as they did...
Jul 18, 2009 Irwan rated it liked it
Shelves: finished, 2009
Reminiscing childhood reading after a nice visit to Tintin stores in Brussel :-)
Aug 17, 2013 Sophie rated it it was amazing
I have read through all of the Tintin books many times. They are wonderful!
Jan 25, 2008 Seth rated it really liked it
Great adventures, but I can never forget that Herge was a vehement racist.
Feb 02, 2015 indri rated it liked it
Shelves: childhood-comics
Mencari Volume 5,6 dan 7 nyaaa!!!
Tintin terbitan Methuen ini...
Oct 28, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-books
So Much Fun to Read! I was in suspense every moment!!!!
Nov 19, 2008 Ines rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! Cool! Totally Awesome!!:)
Jan 15, 2014 Anniesotm rated it it was amazing
Tintin = a masterpiece for all ages.
Sep 01, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
My favorite volume so far!
Jun 22, 2012 Jonny rated it really liked it
really good!
Bekki Fahrer
May 27, 2016 Bekki Fahrer rated it really liked it
This is a journey down Nostalgia Lane for me. I haven't read these TinTin adventures since I was a pre teen in the UK. I loved then then, and I enjoy them now. Of course the older, and more educated me, can read the undertones of imperialism and xenophobia when they appear, but still enjoy the quirky characters, wit, adventures, and mishaps in the stories. To be precise, I can still enjoy the quirky characters... OK that was probably too inside of a joke. I am going to get back to Tintin and Sno ...more
Oct 29, 2013 Josiphine rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone, but especially those with a inner ten-year-old boy
Recommended to Josiphine by: TD
Red Rackham's Treasure: Exciting, and a nice change from the others because(view spoiler) I loved the addition of Dr. Calculus and his submarine. (I wish I had a submarine like that!) And Tintin wears a diving suit, :D.

The Seven Crystal Balls: Exciting! I don't like the plot of this one as much as the last (not a big fan of curses) but it's still enjoyable. Since when did the Captain turn into a fop?! General Alcatraz's Spanish is a laugh, but I'
Dec 11, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
I haven't read this. My rating is solely based on the sound of my son saying "Thanks, Mom, for getting me this" multiple times and not complaining when he has to read it. I like the comic-book format without the superheroes in clingy costumes.
Peter N.
Jan 19, 2016 Peter N. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful art. Great adventure around the world. Funny characters. Clean without the sex and profanity that so many comics contain today. A comic that is enjoyable and you can give a kid as soon as he can read. Highly recommended.
Jan 30, 2008 Ivy rated it really liked it
What's not to love about Tin Tin? Well, there's the imperialist undertones and vague racism, but OTHER than that Tin Tin is a plucky little guy who travels the world with his white dog (who often manages to get drunk) and his blustery sailor friend (who also often manages to get drunk), solving mysteries, searching for lost treasure, thwarting kidnappers, and the like. One thing that really grew on me is the composition of the comics--the colors come in rich, dusky tones and the drawings are sur ...more
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Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist.
His best known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983, leaving the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure Tintin and Alph-Art unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics
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