…in the land of the Soviets
1. It doesn’t so much of a plot as a series of mental incidents.
2. For a comic that is about all of the lying propaganda coming out of the Soviet Union, there is a lot of propaganda about the Soviet Union.
3. Tintin is quite the multi-talented reporter, what with all the fighting, disguises, mechanical repair, piloting and prison escapes.
4. There is a lot of prison escapes. A large proportion of the 140 pages take place in a prison of some sort.
…in the Congo
5. Astonishingly racist.
6. Really, really, really racist. Even for the times that were in it.
7. Why is Tintin the self-appointed guardian for justice in this one? What would happen if some American guy turned up in Brussels and started hunting down crooks, vigilante-style?
8. Given the last one, a surprisingly acceptable portrayal of Native Americans.
9. It’s very clear that the author has an absolute hard-on for all thing USA.
…and the Cigars of the Pharaohs
10. Tintin learns “the language of the elephants”. Yep.
11. More racism!
12. Ah, Thompson and Thomson. And with that, Tintin becomes several more shades of awesome.
…and the Blue Lotus
13. Topical, for its day.
14. Not quite as racist as you would expect, aside from the exaggerated illustrations.
15. Japanese villains, very ahead of the times was Herge.
16. I honestly don’t remember all the racism.