It’s a big year for Dune. The Denis Villeneuve adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel hits theaters this December, but there’s another exciting adaptation on the way, too. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson will adapt their bestselling prequel novel Dune: House Atreides into a 12-issue comic book series.
The comics will release through Boom! Studios this fall. Set three decades before the events of the original novel, Dune: House Atreides delves into the Harkonnens and more. Here’s the full description:
Set in the years leading up to the explosive events of Dune, 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 will come together as renegades and soon discover that fate has decreed they will change the very shape of history.
Brian Herbert (Frank’s son) and Kevin J. Anderson will step back into the world of the novel they wrote more than 20 years ago for the project.
“We loved exploring all the possibilities Frank created for us, and those books introduced a whole new audience to Dune,” Anderson said in a press release. “Now, in adapting House Atreides into a vibrant graphic format, it’s like rediscovering the story and the world all over again. So much of the novel is visually driven, the union of comics and House Atreides is a natural.”
This is exciting news and we can’t wait to learn more about Dune: House Atreides the comic series. There’s no current release date, but it’s set to drop this fall, ahead of Villeneuve’s film.
If you’re new to the world of Dune and wondering who the heck the Atreides are, be sure to join the Nerdist Book Club read-long of Herbert’s original novel. This week, we’re wrapping up the first section of the book. Join us Wednesday for a full discussion! You can learn more about the read-along here.
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