The universe of Dune is filled with political intrigue, religious fanaticism, and powerful characters. Based on the novel of the same name, “Dune: House Atreides; written by Brain Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and illustrated by Dev Pramanik, takes readers into an earlier time in the Dune universe before the events of Frank Herbert’s original novel. It is a treat for fans of the books and both film adaptations (1984 and 2021) but it may leave new readers a bit perplexed.

In the galactic universe of the Imperium, plans are being formulated for the future. Planetologist Pardot Kynes combs the desert planet Arrakis to understand its riches and secrets. Young Leto Atreides visits a friend of his father to learn about neighboring planets and nobles. The Bene Gesserit Sisterhood have discovered the next stage in their breeding program, which involves a visit to the hot headed Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. The young slave Duncan Idaho is closer than ever to freedom from the hands of the Harkonnens, if he can run fast enough. All the while, Prince Shaddam IV stages a violent coup to unseat his father, Emperor Elrood, and devises plans for his future rule.

From the synopsis alone, this can be a lot to take in. But for those well versed in the Dune storyline, they are in for a surprise.  Not only are the authors of the original novel on board but the artwork of Dev Pramanik brings the story to life with amazing visuals. Strange landscapes of deserts, cities, and subterranean kingdoms are created with a vast range of details and color palettes. New and familiar characters are very much expressive in their movements and diverse in their appearance.  As for the story, multiple storylines may be too much to handle but readers who are familiar with the series will understand how they will come together in the end. The writing duo of Herbert and Anderson treat readers to exciting action scenes and dialogue that can either go one way or the other. Plans on all sides are forming, leaving readers with a cliffhanger and the need to read the next volume.

For those unfamiliar with the world of Dune, they will feel lost while reading the graphic novel. With so many characters, planets, ideologies, and extensive vocabulary, it may be best to read it with a guide on hand. However, devoted readers of the series and fans of the movie, should definitely give this one a try. Libraries with a high science fiction and graphic novel readership should consider adding Dune: House Atreides, Vol. 1 to their collection, along with the next two volumes of the series.

Dune: House Atreides, Vol. 1
By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
Art by  Dev Pramanik
BOOM! Studios, 2021
ISBN: 9781684156894Related media:  Book to Comic

NFNT Age Recommendation: Adult (18+)

  • Gloria

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    Gloria is a full-time children’s librarian at the Elmont Memorial Library in Long Island, New York where she runs a monthly STEAM program, a graphic novel book club, and storytime for preschoolers. During her free time, she is found reading anything and everything from the classics, to poetry, to the newest best seller. Her other interests include writing, online games, exploring new areas in her home state, and spending time with friends, family, and colleagues. She has also written articles and reviews for the website Cosplay, Comics, and Geek Culture in Libraries and on her personal Goodreads page.

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