Review – Dune House Atreides #8
Mature Review: Discussion of Assault and Violence
Illustrated By: Dev Pramanik
Published By: Boom! Studios
Available: 30th June 2021
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Duncan Idaho has a bad feeling about the upcoming celebration at Castle Atreides, but will anyone listen to the young boy? And how is it connected to Leto Atreides meeting his destiny? Meanwhile, Baron Harkonnen will have to contend with his own destiny and the consequences of his retaliation against Reverend Mother Mohiam
Writers: Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
In this issue the loyal Idaho spots something is wrong with the Salusan Bull the Duke is preparing to fight but his pleas fall on deaf ears. As the Duke takes on the Bull he realises, too late, that it’s much more aggressive than usual just as it impales him on a horn. Watching from the stands Letos’ mother gloats that he is now the Duke.
Meanwhile, on Arrakis, Kynes is stunned to see the secrets of the Freman as he travels to the deep south polar regions on his first Sandride. On Wallach IX, Mohiam nears her due date and deals with the weak daughter she sired with the Baron last year. How will the new baby Jessica shape the future of the great houses?
Finally, the fate of Lady Shando Vernius is sealed on Bela Tegeuse when the Padishah personal guard tracks down the renegade house.
Herbert and Anderson flex their writing muscle in this issue packing in four key plots all at critical stages t the future houses. Idaho’s loyalty shines out the pages as he brims with pride at the trust the Duke has put in him, even in such a menial job. The chessboard has just changed some of the key players in the game and set House Atreides on the path towards Dune.
Artwork: Dev Pramanik
Pramanik weaves the script with skills and experience taking the necessarily dense text and creating a stunning tapestry. His team of inker Raffaele Semeraro, colourist Alex Guimarães, and letterer Ed Dukeshire add the final touches bringing each planet and character to life from the page.
Both of this issue’s covers feature the new Duke Leto Atreides. After a losing his father, the ducal heir thinks on the heavy responsibility on his head. The main cover by Evan Cagle shows Leto overshadowed by the hawk symbol of House Atreides a small boy overtaken by responsibility. In Jeff Dekal’s variant cover Leto sits on the shore near the sea, again thinking about what has happened as the tide approaches.
Wow…just wow! Finally, after the past few issues set up, we’re finally at the point where the prequels and the original novel converge. And what a result! Anderson and Herbert’s use of Idaho to start the issue is perfect, showing his rightful place in the series, finally. The creative art team are firing on all cylinders as we get closer and closer to the events that set up this year’s hottest movie Dune.
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Boom! Studios provided BGCP with a complimentary copy of this comic to allow the Review of Dune House Atreides #8. Have a look at the first few breath-taking pages below