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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. 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.

  4. 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.

  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. 5 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. 5 out of 5

    ion

    This version is the mind-killer

  10. 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.

  11. 4 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 5 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.

  14. 4 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.

  15. 5 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

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deepak

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

  17. 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/

  18. 5 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.

  19. 4 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    As much as I love Dune, I found it hard to really enjoy this graphic novel for it’s own merits, as the story itself was the main force carrying it forward while the artwork felt like an afterthought. The story of Dune is amazing and deep, and I was hoping the art would take on a sort of mystic or otherworldly quality (I preordered this book the moment I saw it was going to come out, but I didn’t look at the artwork at all—I just blindly trusted that I would love this, and to be fair, the cover a As much as I love Dune, I found it hard to really enjoy this graphic novel for it’s own merits, as the story itself was the main force carrying it forward while the artwork felt like an afterthought. The story of Dune is amazing and deep, and I was hoping the art would take on a sort of mystic or otherworldly quality (I preordered this book the moment I saw it was going to come out, but I didn’t look at the artwork at all—I just blindly trusted that I would love this, and to be fair, the cover art is great). Unfortunately, the interior artwork doesn’t add much to the experience here, as it stays pretty straightforward in its depictions of the planet, characters, and technology. I would love to have seen a Dune graphic novel with artwork by Jae Lee, Lee Bermejo (!!!), Adi Granov, or a list of other striking artists. The art here is competent and sometimes even dramatic, but for the most part it feels very “reigned in” and controlled. in the acknowledgments, the authors thank the artists (why multiple artists??) for their “artistic contributions,” but not before thanking the Project Manager and the Editor. This seems to say a lot about the authors’ priorities. Normally the author and the artist deserve the lion’s share of the praise for a graphic novel, but this is an adaptation, so the “authors” are mainly tasked with providing the adapted script. Guys... the artists need to be the stars here. Let them be creative. This whole thing felt very locked down, a straight adaptation of the novel under close scrutiny from the author’s son and Kevin J Anderson. I understand being precious with a story so popular and meaningful, but this is a graphic novel. Allow some more artistic freedom, find artists that love the work and want to put their own spin on it. (Yes, I know why Brian Herbert wouldn’t be ok with that. *cough* Jodorowski *cough*) But seriously. Dune is an incredible story that brings together spirituality, mysticism, science fiction, fantasy, and ecology, and does all of it while subverting the “hero messiah” genre. Its message is more relevant than ever and it was a powerful message to begin with. Loosen your grip on this thing and let the art build the worlds and speak to new generations! At least, when it’s a graphic novel, that should be the goal. Not just making a quickly digestible, artistically manacled adaptation... And then breaking it into three parts to make more money. And doing another comic series with Boom! Comics, and releasing another Dune “extended universe” novel to coincide with the movie release. Not a good look, in my opinion. I think KJA and BH genuinely love Dune, but this felt like an uninspired cash grab, and that makes me sad.

  21. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I haven't read Dune and seeing as how the graphic novel is described as not having missed a beat with the original book by Frank Herbert, I'm probably going to do this like I did The Hobbit-- take people's word for it that it's the most amazing story ever told (and in the case of Dune, the foundational science fiction for which all science fiction strives to be) and leave it at that because I pretty much don't know what's going on and am not really interested in sticking around to find out. But I haven't read Dune and seeing as how the graphic novel is described as not having missed a beat with the original book by Frank Herbert, I'm probably going to do this like I did The Hobbit-- take people's word for it that it's the most amazing story ever told (and in the case of Dune, the foundational science fiction for which all science fiction strives to be) and leave it at that because I pretty much don't know what's going on and am not really interested in sticking around to find out. But I tried it. I just didn't like it and it's certainly not them, it's me. Because too many people share, discuss, and love Dune. In my eighties will I break out Dune, possibly, generally unlikely. I went there but it wasn't my thing though I could appreciate the art and it wasn't overwhelming me with details either in the narration and dialogue. It just wasn't for me.

  23. 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?!

  24. 4 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lady Arwen

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

  26. 5 out of 5

    Damian Dubois

    Dune, how I love this story! I simply cannot wait for the new movie version to be released later this year (and the next volume of this graphic novel series in 2022 - so long!!!)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brett W

    It’s the same super dry dialogue, but hey, it’s Dune.

  28. 5 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.

  29. 5 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.

  30. 4 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.

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