Published: 29 June 2021
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Series: Dune: House Atreides #1-4
Format Read: Pocket Book App
THE OFFICIAL PREQUEL TO THE GROUNDBREAKING DUNE.
Welcome to the far future on the desert planet Arrakis where Pardot Kynes seeks its secrets. Meanwhile, a violent coup is planned by the son of Emperor Elrood; an eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho seeks to escape his cruel masters; and a young man named Leto Atreides begins a fateful journey. These unlikely souls will come together as renegades and soon discover that fate has decreed they will change the very shape of history.
The New York Times best-selling Dune: House Atreides comes to comics for the first time, adapted & scripted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the eponymous prequel novel based on Dune creator Frank Herbert’s notes and illustrated by artist Dev Pramanik (Paradiso).
Collects Dune: House Atreides #1-4.
I received this through NetGalley and the fact that it was free did not influence my views on the book.
This book was a good introduction, though very abreviated verion of what I expect the original novel it was based of off to be. Being fairly new to the Dune community (only read Dune for the first time last year and loved it), I jumped at the chance to read this. Not having ventured further into the Dune series after I read the first book ( I have all my Warhammer books to complete still…) I thought it would maybe give me a good indication of wanting to continue the series further. The answer to that is a very definite yes. Even though the comic is so abreviated, I am more than happy to venture further into it. While I was very sceptical on the cover they went for this addition, it did not seem very flattering and I thought it gave me a glimpse as to what to expect of the art style, I was happy that it was not all that bad.
What I expect this comic/graphic novel to be is just to familiarise people with the characters that play major roles in the original Dune book. There they are already set up and have back stories to them. Not knowing anything of the original Hous of Atreides novel I cannot speak on that behalf. Rabban or someone sends a scientist to Arrakis to give feedback on the workings of the planet. Every one is after the Spice that is only obtainable from that planet (I think, dont stone me…). Some one is trying to kill their father with a slow poison in the dream to become the new Emperor( I think the poison only starts working in the actual Dune novel). Duncan Idaho is a child still, being hunted by some sadistic person, but ends up getting rescued by some one I am not too familiar with. And Leto Atreides is also sent to Arakis to undergo training of some sort and get familiar with the planet which he will one day be a governor of sorts of. There is a scene with a Bene Gesertit (mind my spelling, I audibooked the original novel…) that offers herself up to some guy as her cult “needs his seed” for some later plot (I am pretty sure this is for the birth of Jessica) and there is mention of the guy that is killing his father to work with another Bene something something cult to cement his future of ruler. That is as much as I took away from this comic.
It was easy reading as the people in the book do not really speak too much. There is not a lot given away and I feel that is fine as would like to find out things for myself when readng the original someday. Apart from that I have not a lot more I can say about this. I gave it a 3 out of 5 on GR as 3 is the standard rating I give most comic books. for 4’s and 5’s a graphic really needs to “wow” me. I’d like to thank NetGalley for giving me a chance to view the advanced copy as well. I really striked it lucky on there lately.
Have a good day all.