Graphic Novel Review – Herge – Tin-Tin – The Broken Ear
1945 – Egmont Press – Spoiler alerts.
Herge’s 6th complete Tin-Tin adventure, with cameos for the bungling Thompson Twin detectives, but before the introduction of Captain Haddock.
Tin-Tin investigates the theft of a South American fetish statue from a Parisian museum. His investigation involves forgeries, a talking parrot, a revolution, deadly but incompetent assassins and a revolution.
A thrill ride story with chases to rival any Indiana Jones movie and a plot reminiscent of The Maltese Falcon.
I particularly like the scenes of Tin-Tin facing a firing squad as the regime frequently changes round him confusing the army so much that Tin-Tin finds himself promoted to their Colonel.
Snowey gets a fair bit to do too and there are neat plot twists and complications throughout.