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The definitive graphic novel adaptation of Dune, the groundbreaking science-fiction classic by Frank Herbert   Dune, Frank Herbert’s epic science-fiction masterpiece set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar society, tells the story of Paul Atreides as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis. A stunning blend of adventure and mystici The definitive graphic novel adaptation of Dune, the groundbreaking science-fiction classic by Frank Herbert   Dune, Frank Herbert’s epic science-fiction masterpiece set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar society, tells the story of Paul Atreides as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism, and politics, Dune is a powerful, fanstastical tale that takes an unprecedented look into our universe, and is transformed by the graphic novel format. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s adaptation retains the integrity of the original novel, and Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín’s magnificent illustrations, along with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz, bring the book to life for a new generation of readers.  


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The definitive graphic novel adaptation of Dune, the groundbreaking science-fiction classic by Frank Herbert   Dune, Frank Herbert’s epic science-fiction masterpiece set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar society, tells the story of Paul Atreides as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis. A stunning blend of adventure and mystici The definitive graphic novel adaptation of Dune, the groundbreaking science-fiction classic by Frank Herbert   Dune, Frank Herbert’s epic science-fiction masterpiece set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar society, tells the story of Paul Atreides as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism, and politics, Dune is a powerful, fanstastical tale that takes an unprecedented look into our universe, and is transformed by the graphic novel format. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s adaptation retains the integrity of the original novel, and Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín’s magnificent illustrations, along with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz, bring the book to life for a new generation of readers.  

30 review for Dune: the Graphic Novel, Book 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was fabulous! The art was stunning, and the story was perfectly adapted to the format, giving you the story without huge blocks of text or leaving out anything important.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    As a Dune fan a new graphic novel was not something I am going to pass up, neither am I missing the new 12 part comic serie House of Atreides which is by now has 2 of its 12 installments released. This was supposed to be a great year for Dune fans with a Movie, graphic novel, comic book series and a new novel by Brian Herbert, all have been released with the exception of the movie which is kind of a bummer. Anyhow the graphic novel is not the complete Dune novel only the first of three installment As a Dune fan a new graphic novel was not something I am going to pass up, neither am I missing the new 12 part comic serie House of Atreides which is by now has 2 of its 12 installments released. This was supposed to be a great year for Dune fans with a Movie, graphic novel, comic book series and a new novel by Brian Herbert, all have been released with the exception of the movie which is kind of a bummer. Anyhow the graphic novel is not the complete Dune novel only the first of three installments, with Muad'dib being released in spring 2022 (I am not joking!!!). This first one starts on Caladan and ends with the Harkonnen invasion and Paul and his mothers flight into the desert of Arrakis. The good news is that the comic is fairly true to the Herbert novel and the drawings of the Sandworm are actually quite impressive. The rest of the art is decent enough without being spectacular, the text blocks for lady Jessica in orange are difficult to read, even if the choice of the various colours for the thoughts of the various characters is quite original. If you never read any Dune this graphic novel might come across as allright to boring as the original book is a buildup for the end and the next two books (children & Messiah of Dune). I enjoyed the graphic novel and dislike the fact that I have to wait for more than a year for the next installment, glad that the movie is upon us before that time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    As a fan of the book, and someone willing to see the good in the '80s film version and even the early 2000s SyFy miniseries, this was probably not the adaptation for me as the art, while well executed, didn't provide the depth of detail I would usually search for when revisiting a familiar fictional universe in a new visual medium. That said, it worked just fine as a kind of Dune methadone before the Villeneuve film is released, and also a great gateway to this world if the film trailers piqued y As a fan of the book, and someone willing to see the good in the '80s film version and even the early 2000s SyFy miniseries, this was probably not the adaptation for me as the art, while well executed, didn't provide the depth of detail I would usually search for when revisiting a familiar fictional universe in a new visual medium. That said, it worked just fine as a kind of Dune methadone before the Villeneuve film is released, and also a great gateway to this world if the film trailers piqued your interest but a brick of a novel from the '60s isn't your thing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I dutifully read the first six books of the Dune series back in the '80s to earn my sci fi geek cred, despite the fact that I found them intensely boring. (Around the same time, I masochistically slogged through Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.) This stiff graphic adaptation just drives home for me how dull the first book is with its dreary court intrigue and hollow protagonist, Paul Atreides. I always did get a kick out of Herbert's character names though, e.g., Gurney Hal I dutifully read the first six books of the Dune series back in the '80s to earn my sci fi geek cred, despite the fact that I found them intensely boring. (Around the same time, I masochistically slogged through Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.) This stiff graphic adaptation just drives home for me how dull the first book is with its dreary court intrigue and hollow protagonist, Paul Atreides. I always did get a kick out of Herbert's character names though, e.g., Gurney Halleck, Duncan Idaho, Vladimir Harkonnen, Feyd-Rautha, Shadout Mapes, and Iakin Nefud.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben De Bono

    This is fine in the same way the Syfy miniseries was fine. It goes through the plot and serves as an adequate visualization of Frank Herbert's masterpiece. It also fails to remotely come close to matching its source material's greatness. If you're a fan of Dune, you'll probably enjoy it for what it is. If you've never read Dune, read this if you want but don't for one second think it's an adequate substitution for reading the actual novel. It's not. Not even close This is fine in the same way the Syfy miniseries was fine. It goes through the plot and serves as an adequate visualization of Frank Herbert's masterpiece. It also fails to remotely come close to matching its source material's greatness. If you're a fan of Dune, you'll probably enjoy it for what it is. If you've never read Dune, read this if you want but don't for one second think it's an adequate substitution for reading the actual novel. It's not. Not even close

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessy♡

    This was a great introduction to Dune. The art is gorgeous and the story is like nothing I’ve never read before. Very excited to read the book next.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ronie

    I so enjoy great graphic novels, and having/reading/enjoying one of a favorite story is bliss!! Very well done with some striking art.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    A faithful adaptation of the grand daddy of all space opera's that I wish had just a bit more of the original mysticism and majesty. I wish the entire thing had looked a bit more like the cover. Part of my attraction to Dune is the mystery that permeates the story and something about this version is just too matter of fact. You lose almost all of the internal monologuing (which some people may like) and a great deal of the emotional connection between the characters. I question whether this is a A faithful adaptation of the grand daddy of all space opera's that I wish had just a bit more of the original mysticism and majesty. I wish the entire thing had looked a bit more like the cover. Part of my attraction to Dune is the mystery that permeates the story and something about this version is just too matter of fact. You lose almost all of the internal monologuing (which some people may like) and a great deal of the emotional connection between the characters. I question whether this is another of those stories that just doesn't lend itself to the graphic novel format but this is nonetheless a very nice to look at, accurate interpretation of the Frank Herbert classic. Just nothing much to write home about.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ross

    Overall, pretty good. The text could be better arranged, as some of the words cut off in awkward places, and the dialogue seems stilted and not very fluid at times, but a good first act of what promises to be a worthy adaptation of the Dune series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Filipe

    Did a video review: https://youtu.be/6XHUDjjBwks Overall i was disapointed by the book, it's ok in retelling Dune, but it could easily have taken much better use of the medium. Did a video review: https://youtu.be/6XHUDjjBwks Overall i was disapointed by the book, it's ok in retelling Dune, but it could easily have taken much better use of the medium.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gary Moore

    My copy came in on time and in great condition. Book itself is beautiful Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert did a great job breaking down the 1st 3rd of the best sci-fi books. The art by Raúl Allen and Patricia Martin is fantastic. I Highly recommend this book for people discovering Dune and life-long fans!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Benji Glaab

    I really enjoyed this one. I read the 'House' prequel trilogy about 15 years ago and fell in love with the world of Dune but never got around to reading the main series. It's a universe that is so dense and is kind of the originator of House vs. House political drama in sci-fi/fantasy, which many popular series have used over the years. Worth checking out if you're a Dune fan, or would like a comic with a deep plot and interesting fleshed out world to explore. I really enjoyed this one. I read the 'House' prequel trilogy about 15 years ago and fell in love with the world of Dune but never got around to reading the main series. It's a universe that is so dense and is kind of the originator of House vs. House political drama in sci-fi/fantasy, which many popular series have used over the years. Worth checking out if you're a Dune fan, or would like a comic with a deep plot and interesting fleshed out world to explore.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Enjoyed reading DUNE 1 the graphic book, would like to read DUNE 2 graphic book when it comes out in the year 2022. Really enjoyed the story and can't wait to read more. I haven't read the original series by Frank Herbert's and i hope to in the near future. The book is beautifully illustrated. I won this book from Goodreads for a honest review, I would highly recommend this book to Science Fiction fans and to those who have never read the original by Frank Herbert's Enjoyed reading DUNE 1 the graphic book, would like to read DUNE 2 graphic book when it comes out in the year 2022. Really enjoyed the story and can't wait to read more. I haven't read the original series by Frank Herbert's and i hope to in the near future. The book is beautifully illustrated. I won this book from Goodreads for a honest review, I would highly recommend this book to Science Fiction fans and to those who have never read the original by Frank Herbert's

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deepak

    The graphic novel is good but the book the book is a masterpiece!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    The first book of the official Dune comic book adaptation that remains truly loyal to its source material with some changes but doesn't take advantage of the medium to turn the classic epic science-fiction masterpiece into a just as exciting and classic comic book story as it suffers from dull narrative development and some odd character dialogues. At least the artwork is consistently decent especially once you arrive at some of the included splash pages. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book R The first book of the official Dune comic book adaptation that remains truly loyal to its source material with some changes but doesn't take advantage of the medium to turn the classic epic science-fiction masterpiece into a just as exciting and classic comic book story as it suffers from dull narrative development and some odd character dialogues. At least the artwork is consistently decent especially once you arrive at some of the included splash pages. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katey Moore

    I’m so glad I picked up this graphic novel version of Dune before attempting to finish the novel again. The artwork added an extra layer of understanding for me when it came to interpreting the text. About halfway through I really found myself interested in the story but it still felt quite stiff which makes sense for a science-fiction novel written in the 60s. I can definitely see why this is the OG sci-fi story. Now I just have to decide whether to watch the original film or to try reading the I’m so glad I picked up this graphic novel version of Dune before attempting to finish the novel again. The artwork added an extra layer of understanding for me when it came to interpreting the text. About halfway through I really found myself interested in the story but it still felt quite stiff which makes sense for a science-fiction novel written in the 60s. I can definitely see why this is the OG sci-fi story. Now I just have to decide whether to watch the original film or to try reading the novel again. Read this title with a gallon of water and a pronunciation guide.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katie Kreis

    I haven’t read “Dune” or any of Frank Herbert’s other works, so I came to the graphic novel with new eyes. I wish I had a little more context throughout, and I think it would’ve helped to utilize more dialogue to describe this world. I realize that “Dune” is considered the archetype for most science fiction novels and can recognize and respect its role in the literary world already. Many of the themes of a chosen one, warring people/planets, and environmental concerns were developed here and can I haven’t read “Dune” or any of Frank Herbert’s other works, so I came to the graphic novel with new eyes. I wish I had a little more context throughout, and I think it would’ve helped to utilize more dialogue to describe this world. I realize that “Dune” is considered the archetype for most science fiction novels and can recognize and respect its role in the literary world already. Many of the themes of a chosen one, warring people/planets, and environmental concerns were developed here and can be recognized in other works, like Star Wars and James Cameron’s Avatar. I would recommend this book to any fans of the original “Dune,” or even those familiar enough to the backstory to appreciate the graphic novel for its gorgeous artwork and dramatically bringing the characters to life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    To be clear: I've never read the original Dune. But it's on my to-do list. I read this graphic version because, years ago when I tried the original, I couldn't get into it. I had trouble tracking the characters and staying engaged with the level of detail in such a monotonous planet as Arrakis. This graphic version, however, has whetted my appetite for the plot and gave me a solid sense of the world that's there. Looking at the details of this book is something like looking for the shapes and ima To be clear: I've never read the original Dune. But it's on my to-do list. I read this graphic version because, years ago when I tried the original, I couldn't get into it. I had trouble tracking the characters and staying engaged with the level of detail in such a monotonous planet as Arrakis. This graphic version, however, has whetted my appetite for the plot and gave me a solid sense of the world that's there. Looking at the details of this book is something like looking for the shapes and images in negative space rather than the apparent objects. I enjoyed this volume, looking forward to the second, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to engage with Dune but finds the original text too daunting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ion

    This version is the mind-killer

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Reviewing this graphic novel is like reviewing the actual novel Dune. It does not cover the entire book in just this, Book 1, but it takes its time in what it does touch and highlights, what I feel, are the most important notes in the story. Dune is a science-fiction classic that is difficult to sum up fully. The story follows Paul Atreides, the song of Duke Leto and his concubine, the Lady Jessica. When his family is granted control of the planet Dune, the only location of the spice drug that fu Reviewing this graphic novel is like reviewing the actual novel Dune. It does not cover the entire book in just this, Book 1, but it takes its time in what it does touch and highlights, what I feel, are the most important notes in the story. Dune is a science-fiction classic that is difficult to sum up fully. The story follows Paul Atreides, the song of Duke Leto and his concubine, the Lady Jessica. When his family is granted control of the planet Dune, the only location of the spice drug that fuels the universe, he becomes embroiled in political plays, religious god-making, genetic manipulation and murderous plots. There is a lot of information in Dune, the novel. It is complicated and one of the baseline touchstones for modern science fiction and world building. It originates a lot, which makes it a worthwhile read to any fan of the genre. But maybe you don't want to read it because it's too dense, too long, too complicated. Maybe you're not sure you'll like the story or the characters. You want to make sure it's worth it. Pick up this graphic novel. Do yourself a favor. It's like the abridged version. Not everything will be clear. There is background that cannot be covered in panels or in such a short amount of time. But it cuts to the heart of the story and gives you a good idea of what you might be in for. Things I Liked About this Book: + Perfect bite-sized review of the novel. Really, I think it's a great way to prep for the novel, if you plan on reading it or are curious about it, and to wet your appetite for the movie, if it's a faithful adaptation. + The art is solid, in my opinion. Some of the large scenes, of worms for example, are perfect demonstrations of the size and scale of Dune. It's not ~*~inspired~*~ (like dat cover), but it's good. Things I Did Not Like About this Book: - Awfully white when it doesn't need to be. Even in those characters who aren't particularly coded as white. I'm not mad about it, because it's what you expect, but a different choice could have been made here. Things I Feel I Can't Comment On: The story belongs to Frank Herbert. The characters are his doing. This is an adaptation of the novel and the choices of his son and his writing partner to condense them down. I suppose it can be said that they made good choices in what to include about characters/plot and what not to, but ultimately its not really their writing. It's their editing, which I basically approved of in the above section. So, in sum, if you want a refresher or a taste of Dune, check this out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kyle West

    Starting with a softball for 2021. For some reason, as heretical as it sounds, I just could NOT get into Dune (the novel). I recognize its brilliance and how it paved the way for the genre, but just something about Herbert's prose threw me off. Like, making my eyes glaze over after two paragraphs. I know that's heretical as a sci-fi lover, but there it is. Reading the graphic novel was a different experience. It was fast-paced and there were pretty pictures. Is it missing a lot nuance? I'm sure, b Starting with a softball for 2021. For some reason, as heretical as it sounds, I just could NOT get into Dune (the novel). I recognize its brilliance and how it paved the way for the genre, but just something about Herbert's prose threw me off. Like, making my eyes glaze over after two paragraphs. I know that's heretical as a sci-fi lover, but there it is. Reading the graphic novel was a different experience. It was fast-paced and there were pretty pictures. Is it missing a lot nuance? I'm sure, but at the same time, it's a graphic novel and if you want nuance, you should read the book. I think it's actually pretty amazing they were able to strip it down so much and still tell the core story. The only negative was the end. Spring 2022 for the next one? Seriously?!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Dolan

    "Wow Joe you've read a lot of Dune this year." Correct. The spice must flow. Great adaptation - true to form with great illustrations. A lovely way to close out the year. "Wow Joe you've read a lot of Dune this year." Correct. The spice must flow. Great adaptation - true to form with great illustrations. A lovely way to close out the year.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lady Arwen

    Nice artwork and they do a good job keeping things in and explaining things

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    Not as good as the book. But if you liked the book, or at least the story it told, this graphic versions adds some additional context I missed in the text version. 4 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    This volume is a fine reminder of the greatness of Frank Herbert's original novel. The world creation, the complex politics, the depth and voices of these characters: they're all magnificent. The comic script generally does that service (though occasionally it constrains the script in its Star Wars-like cut scenes and its synopses of facts). And the art is utilitarian and professional, but only rarely breathtaking. All told, this is a fine way to remind oneself of the magnificence that is Dune. This volume is a fine reminder of the greatness of Frank Herbert's original novel. The world creation, the complex politics, the depth and voices of these characters: they're all magnificent. The comic script generally does that service (though occasionally it constrains the script in its Star Wars-like cut scenes and its synopses of facts). And the art is utilitarian and professional, but only rarely breathtaking. All told, this is a fine way to remind oneself of the magnificence that is Dune.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chris Barsanti

    Perfectly adequate for what it is (the quick and illustrated version for those who have not read the original). But nothing more than that.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Lowe

    Readers interested in diving into the daunting sci-fi/fantasy genre may find reading the original Dune novel by Frank Herbert to be quite intimidating, but these readers may find Brian Herbert’s and Kevin J. Anderson’s DUNE THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: BOOK 1 [Harry N. Abrams, November 24, 2020] as a more welcoming introduction to the epics within the genre. Through the colourful illustrations and animated dialogue, this graphic novel proves to be an important addition to the Dune collection. The first in Readers interested in diving into the daunting sci-fi/fantasy genre may find reading the original Dune novel by Frank Herbert to be quite intimidating, but these readers may find Brian Herbert’s and Kevin J. Anderson’s DUNE THE GRAPHIC NOVEL: BOOK 1 [Harry N. Abrams, November 24, 2020] as a more welcoming introduction to the epics within the genre. Through the colourful illustrations and animated dialogue, this graphic novel proves to be an important addition to the Dune collection. The first in several instalments of the series, Dune: Book 1 follows the story of fifteen-year-old Paul Atreides as he tries to navigate his new life on the desert planet Arrakis where his powerful family has taken control. When Paul’s mother Jessica finds a note in a secret conservatory warning her of a traitor in their midst, the Atreides family scrambles to figure out which one of their trusted advisors is plotting to kill them or even worse—deliver them to the wicked Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. While Paul and his father Duke Leto navigate the customs of this new world from flying across the sand dunes while trying to avoid giant man-eating worms to selling drops of water to poor people on the street, it is made clear to both Paul and Duke Leto that living on Arrakis will be no easy feat to accomplish. Throughout the novel, the colourful illustrations accompanying the dialogue between the characters proves to provide special insight into what exactly Herbert intended readers to imagine while reading his original novel. A particularly enjoyable aspect of the novel is a scene where Paul and his father travel to the sand dunes to watch natives to the planet Arrakis mine for spices. During this scene, readers are given special insight into how important spice mining is for the sake of the planet and just how dangerous mining is. Paul and his father have to wear special spacesuits called stillsuits in order to survive in the arid heat of the desert and the air is so potent on the dunes, both men have to breathe through a special apparatus. Then, when a giant worm threatens to swallow all of the men on the dunes whole, the action sequence that follows provides much needed tension and excitement in order to compel readers to continue turning the pages. With just the right amount of information, humour, and action mixed in with politics, readers may find Dune: Book 1 to be a perfect introduction into the world of sci-fi and fantasy. Through the different races and well-rounded characters that readers are able to meet accompanied by tensions that arise between the house Atreides and the other races provide an interesting dynamic that keeps readers interested. Additionally, the different prophecies surrounding Paul and his magical abilities and how important he is for the development of the planet Arrakis pushes readers to continue flipping the pages and even to go as far as to anticipate the release of the next graphic novel adaptation in the Dune series. While the addition of illustrations provide much needed insight into the scenery of the planet Arrakis and the differentiation between the different races of people in the series, Dune: Book 1 does leave out some much needed information especially in terms of what certain terms mean. From the Kwisatz Haderach, the Bene Gesserit, Gom Jabbar, and the fremen, there is little to no explanation of what these terms mean and they seem to have a very important place within the novel. It would be helpful for readers, especially those who are new to the intricacies of the sci-fi/fantasy genre, to have a dictionary to reference in the back of the novel in order to clear up the confusion they may feel around these terms. Overall, the Dune: Book 1 graphic novel is a much-needed addition to the series started by Frank Herbert decades ago. Readers who are trying to find an easy introduction to the dense epics already published within the genre may find this graphic novel to be the perfect way to dip their toes into sci-fi without the added commitment of the written novel. Dune is available from Amazon, Book Depository, and other good book retailers, like your local bookstore.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I've never read Dune, the massive novel, so I was excited that the graphic novel was released in a more digestible format. There are some things modified in translation that I'm not going to address as I have not seen any of the films, television adaptations, or read the main series proper. I went into this story with no baseline knowledge about what Dune was, who the characters were, or even what the setting/genre is. I'm not sure I'd recommend that for everyone, but as I had little to no cultu I've never read Dune, the massive novel, so I was excited that the graphic novel was released in a more digestible format. There are some things modified in translation that I'm not going to address as I have not seen any of the films, television adaptations, or read the main series proper. I went into this story with no baseline knowledge about what Dune was, who the characters were, or even what the setting/genre is. I'm not sure I'd recommend that for everyone, but as I had little to no cultural permeation around the series it was where I was. That said, there are a lot of interesting fantastical elements at play in what feels like a space science fiction political intrigue tale. We see factions and competing political groups. The political intrigue is not particularly interesting to me, but I thought that the mystical elements were fascinating. The Bene Gesserit was interesting and I want to know much more about them than the teasing glimpse this book reveals. I enjoyed the diverse alongside the universal beliefs of the two worlds we see. The Harkonnens view the Bene Gesserit as witches with some malicious contempt; the people of Arrakis are amazed by their mystical, sacred qualities. There is that extra layer of reality that we see in Lady Jessica who clearly has some powers, but also must uphold the false legends around the order. I'm not going to ding this for having a mystical chosen one who was perfectly made through fate because it's an older book. The things we see as bland, over-used tropes were not necessarily that when the book was written. The implications of the Bene Gesserit practicing magical eugenics as implied by the last chapter to get their chosen one is a lot more interesting than the actual results they got. It's not a perfect book, but the visuals present here at least make it interesting. Oh, yeah, and sand worms! My prior knowledge of sandworms was entirely from Beetlejuice and like 5 minutes of one the (not good) Tremors sequels. The ones present in this book are much more threatening. They have gaping maws and could eat entire cities, also maybe they produce some type of mouth electricity?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I wanted to read this, but the Herbert/Anderson team caused me to have some trepidation, so instead of rushing out to buy it, I borrowed it from hoopla to read first. It is a solid, faithful adaptation. The first part starts with the preparation to make the move from Caladan to Arrakis and ends with Paul in Jessica taking refuge in the stilltent in the desert after the Harrokens have retaken Dune and killed Duke Leto. The adaptation stays true to the story, and as far as I can remember the origin I wanted to read this, but the Herbert/Anderson team caused me to have some trepidation, so instead of rushing out to buy it, I borrowed it from hoopla to read first. It is a solid, faithful adaptation. The first part starts with the preparation to make the move from Caladan to Arrakis and ends with Paul in Jessica taking refuge in the stilltent in the desert after the Harrokens have retaken Dune and killed Duke Leto. The adaptation stays true to the story, and as far as I can remember the original (it's been a few years since I read it) there are no added scenes or major alterations. Since it is pretty much straight from Frank, it minimizes the voices of Brian and Kevin, which allays some of my trepidations. The art by Raul Allen is excellent. Good visual narrative skills, recognizable characters, decent use of body language and facial expressions, good panel and page design, etc. I am not familiar with his stuff, though he has worked for some of the major American publishers like Marvel previously. I wouldn't say the art is fantastic, or a draw that would make me go out of my way to seek out his stuff, but it is technically solid and ascetically pleasing, and enhances the reading experience, but is not a draw in and of itself. If you like Dune, you should like this adaptation (even if you haven't liked Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's other Dune efforts). If the novel intimidates you but you want a taste of Herbert's Dune, it's a good starting point (though it may take a while to get books 2 and 3). I'll likely get around to adding this to my library (especially if I find it at a good price), but I am not in a rush to go out and get it. I'll likely want to reread it when vol. 2 comes out, as a refresher, but once the trilogy is complete, I am not sure this will become a staple of rereading, but time will tell.

  30. 5 out of 5

    David Giard

    Frank Herbert's 1965 novel "Dune" remains a classic more than a half century after its release. "Dune The Graphic Novel Book 1" shows how hard it is to adapt this great novel visually. David Lynch failed miserably with his 1984 movie and the Syfy Channel had slight success with 2000 mini-series. Herbert's son Brian Herbert teams with author Kevin J. Anderson to write the text for this adaptation and they do a good job. The pair have made their reputation with a series of respectable novels set i Frank Herbert's 1965 novel "Dune" remains a classic more than a half century after its release. "Dune The Graphic Novel Book 1" shows how hard it is to adapt this great novel visually. David Lynch failed miserably with his 1984 movie and the Syfy Channel had slight success with 2000 mini-series. Herbert's son Brian Herbert teams with author Kevin J. Anderson to write the text for this adaptation and they do a good job. The pair have made their reputation with a series of respectable novels set in the Dune universe. They are assisted by artist Raul Allen and letterer Patricia Martin. The graphic novel is good; The storytelling is faithful to the original; the art is attractive; the lettering is good (although I had an issue with some unnecessary low-contrast text on backgrounds), so overall I liked this graphic novel. The main issue comes with the lack of subtlety. While the elder Herbert infused his story with multiple layer and secreted hidden meanings within each line of dialogue, this story is much more straightforward. As such, it lacks the subtlety that made the original so great. This graphic novel is good to read after finishing the "Dune" book. The novel can be intimidating, and it is easy to miss things the first time around. This comic helps to clarify them. But do yourself a favour and do not start with the graphic novel. You will miss the excitement of discovering the story layers as they are slowly unfolded within Frank Herbert's original prose.

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