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Frank Herbert's DUNE: Book 1

(Dune: The Graphic Novel #1)

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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 mysticis
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Hardcover, Illustrated Edition, 176 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Harry N. Abrams
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s.penkevich
Nov 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic_novel
Graphic adaptations on beloved novels are always a difficult transition, much like with film. Particularly a book where the lore and exposition do a lot of heavy lifting and internal dialogue is critical to the storytelling such as with Dune. I was pleasantly surpirsed how effective this adaptation was. At worst it is a visual sparknotes for the book, but also that is more or less what you would be looking for here. There is nothing new, but also there is very little missing from the original no ...more
Trish
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the faithful comicbook adaptation of Frank Herbert's immensely popular (and in my humble opinion fantastic) science fiction novel.

Since the original novel is divided into three parts, there will also be three volumes to this graphic novel. The one reviewed here, is the first volume.

Arrakis, Dune, the desert planet. We arrive together with the members of House Atreides as they make Arrakis their new home amids political intrigues and some harsh lessons about this very unique planet's ecol
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Bradley
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
So! Here's a graphic adaptation of Dune. there have been others, of course. I even have some of the originals that came out of the eighties as a tie-in to the Lynch movie.

I kinda expected this one to be gorgeous and lush and of the high-quality standards that you might see in, say King's Dark Tower, but alas. It wasn't to be.

The artwork is kinda... boring? Usual? Sometimes the coloring is off like it was mass-produced in the eighties? Well, I wasn't all that impressed. Not with all those gorgeou
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Mark (halfway through 4 weeks holiday - so a bit quiet) Porton
No.

I came into this with bundles of enthusiasm.

Back in the 1980's I watched the movie - you know, the one with Sting (why?), and I hated it. I spent the whole couple of hours totally miffed.

Now, with the release of the new movie Dune, I thought I'd do a little preparation prior to watching it on the BIG SCREEN. Yes, we do have these in Tropical Far North Queensland. I thought this study combined with the fact I am more mature, sensible and a little bit brainier (to be externally verified), I'd
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Sîvan Sardar
Oct 06, 2021 added it
Shelves: dnf
man fuck this book 😭
Claudia
It's a good volume, not spectacular, but after just rereading the book and watching the movie, it's hard to be surprised.

The illustrations could have been done better; Paul looks like he's 40 in some. And everything on Arrakis is too red.

At least the story is kept true to the original, and captured everything of importance. It ends after Jessica and Paul escaped and were rescued by Duncan. I guess that the three parts of this graphic novel will be all from the first book in the series.
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Jessica
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sud666
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, sci-fi
Frank Herbert's "Dune" is a seminal work in the annals of sci-fi novels. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson decided to do a comic book that :
"..we decided from the outset that this must be a definitive graphic novel treatment......We weren't interested in doing our interpretation of Dune or modifying the story to add our own special stamp. We wanted this to be pure Dune-Chapter for Chapter, scene for scene..."

Book One does a creditable adaptation of the novel. Raul Allen and Patricia Martin's a
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Dave Schaafsma
I dutifully read as a young man with friends Dune, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, and the Foundation trilogy, though I was never (I confess now) an afficionado of any of these great works. I much preferred other ponderous, wordy literary giants with perhaps equally serpentine plots such as Russian novels. Tomato, tomahto. As a condition of one relationship I was in I viewed (and more than once) the two principal film adaptations of Dune, and liked them well enough, in spite of the public and ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Incredible!

DUNE: The Graphic Novel, Book 1: Dune
By Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
I have loved Dune when it first came out when I was a teen. When the old movie came out I was thrilled. With the new movie I read the novel, watched the old movie and then the new movie and requested the library get this book! They did! I was so happy!
This is so good and stays more to the book than the movies. The art is fantastic and tells the story practically without words, lol! The font is easy
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Mark
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Robert
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoopla, saw-the-movie
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
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♥Milica♥
Jan 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, comics
Okay, I loved this. It's so so beautiful and it gets most of the story from part one of Dune onto the pages in an understandable way. Although I do think it might be better to read the book first just in case and use this as a reminder.

What I really love is that the characters look almost exactly how I imagined them. I'm glad they took that route instead of making them look like the movie cast (that might happen too, now that I've spoken it into existence).

Super excited for part two now.
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Rod Brown
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
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Ming Wei
Excellent artwork throughout the book, I was really impressed with the standard, this is a very good graphic novel attempt at the story of Dune, follows generally the same story line as the movie, the Emperor gives house Atreides control of the Spice planet, much to the dis pleasure of the Baron who wants control of the spice planet himself, he designs a plot to capture the spice planet for himself and it works. I wont put in too many spoilers, but it is very enjoyable, I read the hardback copy ...more
Juho Pohjalainen
Nov 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I saw the new movie the other day. A lot of people liked it, apparently, but I wasn't too hot on it, and not for the reasons you might imagine: it had decent enough plotting and its characters did good job, and had a great deal more space to play with than the 1984 adaptation did, overall probably the better movie on objective technical terms.

It was just so dull. So bleak. So... bland and safe.

No bright colors, no interesting and imaginitive setpieces, no weird surreal practical effects. It's al
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Michelle Curie
A faithful comic book adaptation of Herbert's sci-fi classic Dune, which serves as a respectful and cleverly constructed visualisation. In many ways this is more approachable than the original novel, in others however, lacks the mysticism and magic of it source material.



Dune: the Graphic Novel includes an introduction stating that it did not mean to reinterpret the novel, but to adapt it faithfully and while not reconstructing every gesture, certainly aiming to keep its essence. The story there
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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 ...more
ion
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This version is the mind-killer
Dragoș Mirea
Jan 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Lady Jessica looks so hot here 🤤
Ronie
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoy great graphic novels, and having/reading/enjoying one of a favorite story is bliss!! Very well done with some striking art.
Jessy♡
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
chvang
Abandoned for my own peace of mind, despite my natural inclinations as a fan and a completionist.

For fans of the original Dune, newcomers interested in a less dense introduction to the series, and (knock on wood) fans of the Villeneuve film, my recommend is the same: don't bother with th is Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson adaptation or the Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson sequels.

They cut a lot from the original Dune, which is understandable. Novels and graphic novels are both books, but they
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Drew
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-my-shelves, 2021
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
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Sara the Librarian
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
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Debbie
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Alisa
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I feel like if you are a hard-core Dune fan, no adaptation will ever satisfy you. And if you are not a hard-core fan then you will find any version of this story boring. And so this comic works really well for someone like me,who really loves Dune but maybe isn't obsessed with it. I thought that this is a really well done adaptation. The only character I didn't vibe with was Kynes. I don't know, in my head he is mysterious and alluring but here he was just bland. ...more
Elizabeth A
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphix, 2021
I'm slowly making my way through the original Dune trilogy - have read and loved the first two so far - and I figured I'd check out these graphic novel adaptations. Look at that cover! Well, color me disappointed. It's not that the art isn't good, it's that the adaptation simply doesn't convey what makes this story so wonderfully compelling. I'll not be continuing on with the graphic adaptations. Ah well. ...more
Kate
Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it
I've been wanting to read Dune for some time now, before the new movie comes out, but it's long so when I saw the graphic novel version at the library, I decided to give it a try. This is hard sci-fi, and it took me a while to orient myself to the world. There were so many strange names, but the main character names were so ordinary - Jessica and Paul - that it took me out a little. I suppose when Dune was first published in 1965, Jessica was an up-and-coming name, but still... By the end, I was ...more
Dana Cristiana
First time I'm heading into the Dune universe, so a lot of words made no sense to me at first, making my interest decrease until about halfway through the book, where it piqued my interest and there were some nice twists.

It wasn't extraordinary, but it was enjoyable and at the end of it, after that cliffhanger, I decided that I want to read the original series, so I can get more into its depth.

Lovely illustrations, colourful and alive! ❤️

Overall, I recommend you check this graphic novel only if
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