While Tintin and Haddock were going for a stroll, a storm suddenly hits and they're forced back into Haddock's mansion. Though something strange is occurring, as anything with glass is shattering and then vase cracks without sort of force. During the storm, unknowingly to them they have some unwanted visitors watching on with special interest on Calculus. When Tintin hears a shot, he and Haddock go to investigate and find a stranger out cold on the ground. Calculus seems oblivious to what's going on. So Haddock goes for help, while Tintin waits with the man. When Haddock gets back, the man is gone and Tintin was hit from behind by his partner. Things seem to be back to normal now, as Calculus has gone to a Geneva conference. So they check out his laboratory to see what might have been causing these unusual activities. It's a new sound wave device Calculus has invented, but when looking around some guy comes running out and flees. Since he dropped a cigarette wrapper, which had the hotel that Calculus was staying at. Thinking something fishing is going on and fearing for Calculus safety, they travel to Borduria. There waiting for them are Borduria secret agents and Colonel Sponsz. Who at every opportunity, try to get Tintin and Haddock off their trail.
"The Calculus Affair" is writer and illustrator Herge's eighteenth comic strip album of "The Adventures of Tintin" and the twelfth episode (part 1 of 2) of Season 1. Some think very highly of this particular Tintin adventure, and no wonder why. It's simply has a superb mixture of everything that makes these stories great fun and it goes out there in grand fashion. This detective-laced story is a complete thrill-ride set in the intense political background of the Cold War. Centring around on Calculus' important, but very dangerous invention that shows how sides would go out of their way to get the upper hand on their competition. Everything about it falls into place, as its kept feverishness, unpredictable and moves onto each scene with clarity. Jolyon Wagg the annoyingly jolly insurance salesman makes his first appearance, and this comic relief raises some amusing chuckles and the devious Colonel Sponsz makes for a pretty memorable foe for Tintin. The formidable partnership between Tintin and Haddock has never been better, and to be precise The Thompsons show up for little of the action in their undercover gear. Also I'm starting to enjoy and notice Herge's appearances in his work more often. It's a nice touch. The opening half of the cartoon really builds it up rather neatly, by holding a gripping sense of mystery and thrills.
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