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Dune’s Graphic Novel Adaptation Shows the Parts of Arrakis the Movies Can’t

ByRandall B. Phelps

Feb 2, 2022

Dune: Part One received critical acclaim, and now fans can experience Legendary Comics’ stunning graphic novel adaptation.

When Dunes released in early 2021, the film, starring Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, to critical and fan acclaim, and now Legendary Comics is releasing a graphic novel adaptation of the epic film. Starting off as a Kickstarter, the comic adaptation quickly achieved its goal and is now fully funded, which means fans of Frank Herbert Dunes or Denis Villeneuve’s film will soon be able to get their hands on a beautifully illustrated graphic novel from the iconic sci-fi series.

The plot of Herbert and Villeneuve Dunes, which is the third film adaptation in the series, follows Paul and his noble House Atreides, led by his father, as they descend into political intrigue and a vicious war for control of the inhospitable planet of Arrakis, similar to March. Arrakis is home to the spice, an extremely potent and mind-altering drug that is integral to the pursuit of interstellar travel, so controlling the planet gives immense power to its possessor. The legendary Dunes Saga by Herbert, first published in 1965, is often considered the best-selling science fiction series of all time, and its expansive and descriptive visuals paved the way for much future science fiction media, making of the graphic novel a perfect medium for the story, especially since it can embrace the incredible aesthetic choices of the film while expanding even further without the constraints of a big screen budget.

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Legendary Comic Book Graphic Novel Dunes – with the adaptation written by Lilah Sturges (lumberjacks), with artwork by Drew Johnson (Dominion of Godzilla) and unique digital coloring by Zid (Kong Kingdom) – bring the story of Paul Atreides to life and feature movie-accurate portrayals of the star-studded cast of characters, including Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Zendaya as Chani and Jason Momoa in Duncan Idaho’s. Additionally, the cover is drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz, the artist of the original 1984 Marvel Comics adaptation by David Lynch. Duneswith variant covers by Drew Johnson, Zid, John Ridgway (Doctor Who) and Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween). Check out Legendary Entertainment’s trailer for the graphic novel below:


The Legendary Comics Kickstarter for its Dunes The graphic novel adaptation included a wide array of amazing original collectibles beyond the already jaw-dropping 130-plus-page comic, such as “spice” bottles, replica Gom Needle Jabbar of Bene Gesserit and the House Atreides signet ring. While the Kickstarter is now closed and no longer taking pledges, I hope Legendary will make these beautiful and unique collectibles available to fans in the future. The official synopsis for the graphic novel from Legendary Comics reveals:

The journey of a mythical and emotionally charged hero, Dune, based on Frank Herbert’s seminal novel, tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his comprehension, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict for the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource there is – a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential – only those who can overcome their fear will survive.

With Dune: part twoVillenueve’s almost complete storyline will continue to be epic Dunes content for the foreseeable future. However, during the long wait for the movie’s release, fans should be sure to pick up Legendary Comics‘ graphic novel adaptation of Dune: part one when released on May 31, 2022.

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Source: Kickstarter, Legendary

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