Book Review – Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1

Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1
by Brian Herbert (Adaptor)

Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1 by Brian Herbert (Adaptor) book cover

Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1
by Brian Herbert (Adaptor)

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Book Description:

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. 

My Take:

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Great and accessible version of a classic story.

I have seen (several times) the Dune movie from 1984 and I’m not really a fan. I don’t think some of the casting choices were that great and the whispering/internal voice really grates on my nerves. However, it is one of My Husband’s favorite movies from his childhood. I do like how the 2021 movie updated and found new ways to address this classic story. I enjoyed watching the entire first movie and am excited to see how they continue the series.

All of that to explain that I do know the adventures of Paul Atreides and what I was going into with this graphic novel. I really liked reading this graphic novel. The adapter and illustrating team did a phenomenal job on including all the details without getting bogged down. I have not read any of the traditional Dune series books, but I understood so much more than I did after watching the two movie versions I mentioned. The explanation of the still suits was excellent, just for one example, and the ending of this first volume sets up the next steps in the adventure so well. Preorder Volume 2

Wonderful illustrations enhance the story and explain the characters so well!

I do often love graphic novels for the artwork and this book is no different. In a very different style than I’m used to in the graphic novels I tend to pick up, this nearly realistic style just adds to the story.

The Final Verdict

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My rating: 4 stars

Would I recommend? Yes

Great for anyone looking to get into the story
or learn more after watching the movies!

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