Title: Dune: House Atreides #1
Words: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Andersen
Art: Dev Pramanik
Colors: Alex Guimarães
Published: October 21, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “New York Times best-selling novelists Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, alongside Dev Pramanik , adapt their acclaimed prequel to the groundbreaking Dune in comic book form for the first time, perfect for longtime fans and new readers alike. Set in the years leading up the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Dune — which inspired the upcoming feature film from Legendary Pictures — DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES transports readers to the far future on the desert planet Arrakis where Pardot Kynes seeks its secrets. Meanwhile, a violent coup is planned by the son of Emperor Elrood; an eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho seeks to escape his cruel masters; and a young man named Leto Atreides begins a fateful journey. These unlikely souls are drawn together first as renegades and then as something more, as they discover their true fate — to change the very shape of history!”
This prequel to the classic Dune series follows a young Leto Atreides before he becomes the Duke of the main novel. Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is introduced, as I presume everyone else of consequence with be, as seen before they become who they eventually become in the later narrative. Arrakis is still mostly unknow and hostile and the prophecy has yet to be revealed.
What is presented in the first issue is little more than a straightforward exposition to the elements of political and economic interest the galaxy, especially, of course of the famous spice planet. The powers players engaged in the Imperium’s version of the game of thrones are set, but the contest has yet to even start. The characters are interesting, but anyone familiar with the films or series of books knows where this is going, so the lack of any real dramatic tension is an obvious detriment to the overall story.
Casual readers will probably not find much interest here, this is more for fans, and the completists among them even more so.
The Bottom Line
For those interested in some background to the old days of House Atreides, long before Paul comes into the picture. File this under supplementary material designed to appeal to completists.