The secret of the unicorn (1991, Joy Street Books) 3 stars

A clue hidden in a toy ship leads Tintin on a dangerous treasure hunt.

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2 stars

Tintin, the Belgian reporter, buys a model ship on a whim in a street market, which sets off a search for ancient treasure.

This is the first volume of a two-part adventure which, along with another one, make up the basis for the Steven Spielberg movie. The movie was my introduction to The Adventures of Tintin, and this is my introduction to the comic books.

As a comic, it's cute. If I had read this when I was a kid, I would've been intrigued by it. While Spielberg's take on it changed the story a fair bit and was heavily influenced by Raiders of the Lost Ark, this is more of a bumbling adventure. There is more humor than I had expected, but it's targeted more towards pre-teen readers. It doesn't really have the broad appeal of the movie.

However, reading this as an adult is much like watching a …