Warren Ellis posted this earlier in the week, so everyone’s probably seen it now, but just in case…. The Adventures Of Tintin: Breaking Free was an underground publication published in ’88 and again in ’99. I remember it from ’99 with that great cover from above and reading it again I’m pleased at how well it holds up. Sure, it’s a little idealistic and stereotypical, but isn’t that the way these wonderful pieces of manifesto/propaganda are meant to be?
Breaking Free reimagines the whole Tintin world to a council estate with Tintin an unemployed, shiftless kid and Captain Haddock (“The Captain”) as his uncle. Over the course of the book it turns a simple political statement on worker’s rights in Thatcher’s Britain into some kind of national movement for people power, along the way taking on the ineffectiveness of the unions, racist and gay prejudice and the increasing power of the state. Idealist, yes. Still with something to say. Yes.
And whilst the story may be idealistic and a little rough, the artwork, all carefully reimagined from the originals does a good job of getting the Herge feel right. Go read.
UPDATE 15th Jan: After getting in touch with Freedom Press – they’ve clarified that their edition of Breaking Free (see the announcement here), meant to be out in August 2010, is now scheduled for release mid 2011.