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The Adventures of Tintin, Volume 1: Tintin in the Land of the Soviets / Tintin in the Congo

(Tintin #1-2 )

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,202 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Featuring the enduring adventures of Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy, this collection includes some of Herge's best-known stories." ...more
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Egmont Books (UK) (first published January 1st 2006)
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David Cain
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
This volume contains Herge's first two Tintin stories. It is a must-have volume for collectors. Be forewarned though: these are far and away the worst two adventures of the lot, and they are really not very good. Tintin in the Land of the Soviets includes some ridiculous stereotypes of Russia and its communist government, there is not much of a plot to speak of, and Tintin ludicrously escapes death in numerous unlikely ways. Tintin in the Congo has a (slightly) more developed plot, but it is eve ...more
Aug 02, 2011 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
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Tintin in the land of the Soviets is a bit pointless, to be honest. There isn't a plot line really, just Tintin escaping from his enemies countless times. I did buy this book for my five year old nephew though, so let's keep things in perspective. It's definitely a children's book: there is harmless violence (explosions where people come off looking merely scorched, lots of punches, that sort of stuff) and some tough guy talk and a bit of old fashioned racism.
Tintin in the Congo was more of the
Dec 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Tintin in the heart of darkness.

If you haven't read Tintin before, I can only recommend in the the strongest possible terms that you don't start with these two stories. Go back and read them, sure, after you've enjoyed the good ones, to see what an inauspicious start a future classic series had. It's almost hard to believe how good some of the later ones are, considering how bad these are.
Mar 09, 2020 added it
Yeah I own this ironically.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans and the curious
Shelves: comics
Tintin bypassed me in my comic reading youth. I started with the Beano and moved on to Asterix before progressing to the men in tights crowd. Tintin was an unknown. Still, it's always felt like a hole in my comic reading heritage and I enjoyed Spielberg's film so decided to start reading them

I knew in advance I would be stepping in at the weak (and controversial) end of the series but I like progression and continuity too much to read them out of order.

Crude is a pretty apt description of Land o
Blair Conrad
May 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. I realize the source material is about 80 years old, and possibly suffers in the translation from the original Belgish, but that's not enough to make me forgive the book. Tintin roams about, generally getting into mischief, surviving highly improbable situations and escaping via even more improbable means. Repeat 8 times or so, and you have the first part of the book - The Adventures of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets. The second part, Tintin in the Congo, was shorter. There was ...more
Iain Turnbull
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, comic-book
This book contains the first two Tintin books, "The Land of the Soviets" and "The Congo". They are very interesting as historical works - you can see Herge developing his style - but the subject matter is appalling by modern standards. The depictions of the Russians and the Congolese are ridiculously stereotyped, offensive and old-fashioned, but they are arguably completely representative of the time they were written in. ...more
Rishika S.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5 star rating.

Let me begin by saying that I absolutely love Tintin comics, which is why I have the collector's edition in the first place. I've read all the comics over the years. But, I had not really read the entire collection in order. Until now.

I picked up Volume 1 because I wanted to start right at the beginning. And let's just say that if these had been the first Tintin comics I'd ever read, I probably wouldn't have given the rest of the series a chance.

Tintin in the Land of the Soviets
Jenny King

I missed the boat on these as a child - naturally I had heard of Tintin, but other than knowing that he was an investigative journalist with a dog called Snowy, I didn't really know much about the books. However my dad was a big fan, so over a series of Christmases I started getting him these volumes so that he could dip back into them as an adult. But now that I am getting into graphic novels/manga, I decided that it would only be right to give them a go to s
Ethan Williams
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Tintin in the Land or the Soviets wasn’t well illustrated or written, but it’s fascinating from a historical perspective. You get a glimpse into Western European opinion on the USSR (and even Germany to an extent) pre-WWII. I think it was written in 1929.

Tintin in the Congo is so shockingly racist that’s its hard to enjoy the story at all. The one positive is that the illustrations get significantly better and are more in line with later works.

In both stories Tintin is pretty unlikable, especia
Lazar Ljubenović
The woke mob of Goodreads has proven once again that they are hunting for things to call racist. In a comic book where all characters defy gravity, where animals can talk with their owners, and where Tintin carves an airplane ellise out of wood and attaches it backwards, they are mad that Tintin hunts animals with a gun, because apparently that's animal cruelty and pro-gun propaganda. And somehow, just being in Congo is racist? Probably also cultural appropriation? Get a life. ...more
Moumita Mukherjee
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
It's a good book for time pass. But the plot is not that great. And in the second part of this volume, Tintin In the Congo is very disturbing as Tintin is killing so many animals. Don't think it has a good message for children. Otherwise an okay read. ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
With this second volume in the Tintin series by Herge, you see a large leap forward from the first book in the series- the weak, slapstick antics of Tintin In the Land Of The Soviets. The plot is a bit more coherent, the characters are more defined and on the path to what they will eventually become and the "death defying" escapes are bit more realistic than before. The artwork is also monumentally improved. The artistic style is set here, and while he will improve even more in future stories, y ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
eh. boring. not the charming Tintin I'm used to

it's also full of problematic (racist & stereotypical) themes
Sara Whear
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really just enjoyed a primary source of political and social propaganda of the time. Tintin In The Land of the Soviets was especially interesting in that way.
Danny Avila
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very fascinating to read within a larger historical context. A fun, simple, adventure story for children - embedded with heaps of cruelty and racism in retrospect.
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When i was a child,I had read these series and totally fall in love with amazing adventures!!!
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Soviets was a fun romp despite blatantly being anti-communist propaganda (did you know they only hand out bread to good communist children? Soviet Russia sucked but a lot of Western stuff feels like it views authoritarian Communism as a unique form of evil. I know the cartoonish exaggerated stuff is par for the course with Tintin but it is part of a larger tradition there.)
Congo is just racist. The concept alone is racist, and it's even more jarring given that Hergé is willing to criticise both
May 05, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know historical context is important, but so are disclaimers today. Those are by far the worst stories, full of stereotypes and racism.
Joseph R.
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
As you might guess from the title, The Adventures of Tintin Volume 1 includes the very first adventures of the young reporter as they appeared in Le XXe Siecle, a Catholic Belgian magazine published in the 1920s and 1930s.

The first adventure has Tintin going to the Soviet Union to report on conditions there. Several agents try to stop him, providing some action and jokes. When he makes it to the USSR, he discovers a lot of duplicity and abuse by the government. Soviet officials show off a factor
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
late in life to be discovering tin tin. got the series, and they are wonderful. mostly.

"in the land of the soviets" is the weakest.these were originally done as a weekly serial in a newspaper, and the story structure reflects that. not much plot, and a cliffhanger every other page or so. but the art is incredibly well developed. simpler, obviously the work of a much younger man. but still great.

of course these were written around 1930. the beginning of the communist terror that would eventually
May 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Even if you get past the disgusting portrayal of African people in Au Congo, the storyline of Hergé's first works is shockingly bad. Which makes me further question the sense of people who defend the availability of Au Congo as a children's book.

That said, if you are an adult reader with some appreciation of the history and impact of European colonialism, alongside an interest in the history of modern comics, this is an essential read. Hergé grows profoundly as an author and artist, which can b
Dave Riley
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Beautifully drawn but the pro imperialist/pro catholic church/anti communist politics...!? Herge is a right wing Charlie Chaplin. Great routines /set pieces hold your interest. These are the first two comic collections. And Herge got better with each development so that playing the xenophobic anti communist Belgian is tolerable for the sake of wallowing oneself in the charm and skill of the story telling...and the beautiful lines -- ligne claire drawing style. Love Tin Tin for the drawing and co ...more
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Harsh ratings, but, frankly, deserved, as these are pretty poor outings -- and, indeed, it would seem that the author and others agreed, as they practically vanished from sight for several decades. From a historical and developmental perspective, these two stories are of interest, but you'll be forcefully reminded of the changes in attitudes since these were first published. With these, and "Tintin In America" Herge was figuring out what he was doing...and then he got very, very good, and much m ...more
Jhelum Ghosh
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The thing that I like about the series is that they are really quick reads. Like if i start a book now I'll finish it in an hour. The first book Tintin in the land of the soviets was okay. I did not enjoy the book much, though the art work was amazing.
The second book Tintin in Congo was really a leap forward. It was so much better than the first book and much more hilarious and funny. Though I did not like the idea of killing off a whole lot of animals as a way to give the readers fun. The art
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, fiction, africa
After visiting the Comic Book Museum in Brussels I was inspired to buy and read the first two Tintin stories. They were ok, but not nearly as funny or interesting as Asterix, my favourite comic books. I'd never read a Tintin story before, but I might not read anymore - unless someone tells me the latter ones are better than these two earliest ones. ...more
May 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
The story and art is weak in the first book, and the racist aspects in the second book are just distracting and uncomfortable in this day and age. I understand that we need to understand the times in which it was written, but that doesn't make it any more enjoyable, unfortunately. I'd pass on these unless you are a collector or Tintin completist. There are much better Tintin stories than these. ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: tintin
These two books are among the earlier works of Herge and have to be taken in context. Yes, they do reflect a colonial viewpoint (as Herge himself admitted) and the story lines are not very well developed. However, they allowed me to see how much progress Herge made with the stories, the art, and the attitude in his later works. When taken in context, they are a good read!
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
Great as a collector's copy. But both Soviets and Congo both seem to have weak plot lines. While Soviets is a confused mess of fight scenes, Congo is particularly disturbing with Tintin going around killing wild animals in hordes for no apparent reason. ...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

Other books in the series

Tintin (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Tintin #1)
  • Tintin au Congo (Tintin #2)
  • Tintin in America (Tintin, #3 )
  • Cigars of the Pharaoh (Tintin #4)
  • Le Lotus bleu (Tintin #5)
  • The Broken Ear (Tintin, #6)
  • The Black Island (Tintin, #7)
  • King Ottokar's Sceptre (Tintin, #8)
  • The Crab with the Golden Claws (Tintin, #9)
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