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Read Dune: the Graphic Novel Book 1

Read Dune: the Graphic Novel, Book 1 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.

The art was reasonably attractive and used color well. The device of color-coded thought balloons to indicate who was thinking each aside worked effectively, even if it was sometimes clunky. Some of the dialogue could have used a spot of attention.

I read Dune probably 20 years ago so I thought I’d read this as a refresher before the movie. I’m not that into the politics part, and this ends right where things get interesting. Paul comes off kind of dickish in this, don’t know if that’s coming at it from my thirties versus being a teenager.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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