Dune: The Graphic Novel. Bk. 1

ComicArts: Abrams. Nov. 2020. 176p. ISBN 9781419731501. $24.99. Rated: Teen+. sf
Herbert and Anderson (both, Dune: The Duke of Caladan), coauthors of more than a dozen novels in the “Dune” series, here adapt into the graphic form the original epic of political machinations, religious zealotry, and revolution within a vast interstellar empire. After his father is ordered to assume stewardship of Arrakis, an inhospitable planet of massive economic and strategic importance, Paul Atreides is targeted for assassination by his family’s rivals. Plots, schemes, and prophetic dreams abound as Paul bears witness to shifting alliances and is tested by a mystical order who suspect him of possessing messianic powers. Herbert and Anderson retain the novel’s intricate plotting and intense exploration of the struggle to balance intellect and emotion, resulting in a philosophically rich but exposition-heavy first volume in this ongoing series.
VERDICT Illustrators Allén and Martín (both, Harbinger Wars 2: Deluxe Edition) enliven this extremely faithful adaptation with cleverly designed pages that highlight various characters’ inner turmoil and deliver satisfyingly awe-inspiring depictions of the gargantuan sandworms native to Arrakis and central to series iconography.
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