Review: “Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 2: Muad’Dib” by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

The new era of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed sci-fi epic dune has been wildly successful since the release of Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1 as well as the release of the big movie dune directed by Denis Villeneuve in October 2021. The first part of the Dune: The Graphic Novel The series provided readers with an easier introduction to the story of Paul Atreides, and the second installment of the series turns out to do the same.

The second part of Dune: The Graphic Novel series, Dunes: Book 2 continues the story of 15-year-old Paul Atreides as he and his mother, Lady Jessica, wander into the vast unknown after their family is betrayed and attacked in Arrakeen. Paul and his mother know that the evil Harkonnens are responsible for the slaughter of their family and seek refuge in the sand dunes of Arrakis. As the pair carefully navigate the harsh environment of this desert planet, they encounter violent sandstorms, Harkonnen spy thopters and even giant man-eating sandworms. Fortunately for Paul and his mother, the couple meet a group of “fremen”, the free people who have learned to adapt to the difficult conditions in which they live. Even though the Fremen are unsure if they can trust Paul and Jessica, Paul eventually earns their trust by winning a ritual fight to the death called “atmal”. He then accepts his new name Paul-Muad’Dib and his newly founded place among the Fremen.

Dunes: Book 2 provides readers with intricate and colorful illustrations depicting the characters’ appearances and personalities as well as their surroundings. The insight provided by these illustrations proves to help readers navigate the many different characters who are in conflict with each other over the duration of the story. This novel jumps to the perspectives of several important characters, including Paul, the Baron, Dr. Liet Keynes and Lady Jessica. Since there are so many powerful people who play a part in the development of the story, being able to put faces to names comes in handy for readers to balance all the different personalities and their roles in the conflict. Additionally, illustrations of the environment the characters find themselves in during their chapters provide much-needed insight into the world Frank Herbert envisioned when he first wrote. dune decades ago.

This second part of dune The graphic novel series continues Paul’s story with the same fast-paced, action-packed theme that was ever-present in the first book. The fast pace of this graphic novel provides readers with necessary information regarding the plot of the story without detracting from the reader’s experience. Since only necessary information related to the plot and the conflicts that unfold in the story are mentioned, readers can stay engaged absent additional information that they may not find interesting or important to know. .

Even though the lack of certain information may help some readers stay engaged with the contents of the book, there are still important details that are omitted or not explained, especially regarding Fremen. An example of this lack of information is when Lady Jessica learns that she is to become the Reverend Mother of the Fremen. At first, Fremen leader Stilgar finds it hard to trust Jessica because of her “weird” Bene Gesserit, but very soon after, she has become one of the most powerful people in their seitch. It would be helpful if readers had some insight into what changed Stilgar’s view of the woman and what exactly her Bene Gesserit powers mean to them. Also, Paul is forced to become responsible for Janis’ wife and children after defeating the man in the atmal. Even though Paul is slowly learning the culture of this new group of people, readers may find it helpful to have a chapter from the perspective of one of the Fremen in order to really understand the story on a deeper level and why Paul is compelled to take care of two young children among all her other responsibilities.

Globally, Dunes: Book 2 continues the story of Paul Atreides in this fast-paced, action-packed episode of the series that has captivated sci-fi fans for decades. Through the illustrations and perspectives of different important characters, readers new to the daunting sci-fi/fantasy genre may feel more comfortable continuing Paul’s story in this format rather than the written novel. .

Dunes: Book 2 is available from Amazon, Book Depository, and other good book retailers, like your local bookstore, starting August 9, 2022.

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In DUNE: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2: Muad’Dibthe second of three volumes adapting Frank Herbert’s book Dunes, young Paul Atreides and his mother, Lady Jessica, find themselves stranded in the deep desert of Arrakis. Betrayed by one of their own and destroyed by their greatest enemy, Paul and Jessica must find the mysterious Fremen, or perish.

This faithful adaptation of the 1965 novel, duneby Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, and the New York Times Best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson continues to explore Paul’s journey as he evolves from boy to mysterious messiah. Illustrated by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín, this spectacular mix of adventure and spirituality, environmentalism and politics is a groundbreaking look at our universe and transformed by the graphic novel format into a powerful and fantastical tale for a new generation of readers.


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