Review – Dune House Atreides #10
Mature Review: Discussion of Assault and Violence
Illustrated By: Dev Pramanik and Mariano Taibo
Published By: Boom! Studios
Available: 22nd September 2021
Variant Cover: Julian Totino Tedesco
Leto, the newly crowned Duke of House Atreides, finally unearths the plot behind his father’s untimely death, and suddenly must prepare to stand trial for a terrible crime he did not commit.
And even as Baron Harkonnen’s evil plan appears to be working, another coup is underway as Shaddam begins his own coronation as supreme ruler.
WRITERS: BRIAN HERBERT AND KEVIN J. ANDERSON
Leto accepts the invite to the coronation of Emporer Shaddam on Kaitan and takes Rhombar with him. On Geidi Prime the Baron has built a secret ship using no-field technology and plans to use Rabban to start a war between the Atreides and Tleilaxu inside a Guild Highliner.
Rabban attacks and sneaks back to the main Harkonnen ship leaving the Tleilaxu to charge up their guns, even though the ships are within Foldspace. The Duke interrupts the Guild Navigator thoughts by powering up his shields and offers a Trial by Forefieture to save his ship but if he loses his house is stripped of its titles. On Kaitan, Shaddam accepts the offer to marry a Bene Gesserit witch to tighten his power, but has he played into their hands instead?
Herbert and Anderson have spent the last 9 issues slowly weaving the story and over the next three issues we will see House Atreides rise to take control of Arrakis but how will the young Duke Leto persuade the imperium to side with him?
ARTWORK: DEV PRAMANIK/MARIANO TAIBO
With the increased speed of the script, Pramanik deftly flips from planet to planet without the reader feeling queasy or overloaded with dialogue. The attack within the Highliner helps take the story into a more action-packed environment.
After the last issue which saw Leto banish his mother and Shaddam poison his father this issue ramps up the pressure to deafening levels with more plots and twists than a whole series of Game of Thrones. Herbert and Anderson use the creative work of Parmanik to bring the Highliner into full focus.
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