|About the Book|
This volume contains Herges 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 even worse than the first story, primarily because it is full of racist and colonialist depictions of African peoples. The worst part for me was Tintins inhumane treatment of animals. Every other page depicts him killing some new animal, shooting it in the face from several feet away, skinning it to make a disguise, etc. I recommend these books just for their historical interest, but they are definitely not Herges finest hour. Dont let them diminish your appreciation for the genius that is the rest of the Tintin series.