For Christmas I got two omnibus editions of Tintin adventures. I used to love reading Tintin as a boy, enjoying the character's adventures with his dog Snowy, Captain Haddock, the Thomson/Thompson Twins and Professor Calculas. I opened the first volume with glee and started reading Tintin in America.
It's rubbish. The artwork's great, Tintin is the same as he ever was and Snowy is there too, but none of the other supporting cast are present - I'm guessing they'll be added in subsequent adventures. That's fine, that's not a problem - my difficulty is with the storytelling. It's driven by coincidence after coincidence, with Tintin needing one deus ex machina after another to save himself.
Tintin gets trapped inside an armour plated taxi? He just happens to have packed a saw and cuts his way out. Tintin gets shoved into a meat grinding machine at a sausage factory? The entire workforce decides to go on strike at that very moment and downs their tools. And there are many, many similar examples, all equally exasperating. I'm hopeful Tintin in America is an aberration and the storytelling gets better, otherwise one of my childhood joys is about to be extinguished.
Oh well, there's always the adventures of Asterix.