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DUNE: The Official Movie Graphic Novel

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Beautiful artwork. I'll need to rewatch the film to compare again, but it seemed to follow pretty closely to the remake.
*Digital review copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher*

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We covered this release earlier this year on our podcast. Consensus, among the four regulars, was that this graphic novel's artwork is beautiful and it succeeds in translating every scene from the movie to the page.

One negative are that many of those moments feel less impactful in comic book format. We also felt it was a big missed opportunity not to include any "deleted" scenes or extra story content. I.e., if you've already watched the movie, there are no new insights to be found here.

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A straight up adaptation of the new film version. All of the character likenesses are spot on. This isn't going to add anything new as there's no additional scenes but it does the movie and book justice.

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I think if you LOVED the newest film adaptation you will love this because it is essentially stills from the film that have been recreated. You would probably rate this 4 or 5 stars.

For me, it wasn’t my favorite, since I’ve only read the book and while it’s a pretty accurate adaptation, I don’t really like the feeling of looking at images of the movie. At the end of this, there was a sketch an Paul that looks more illustrated, and I think I would have preferred an entire book in that style more.

This is the 2nd book I’ve gotten that based on an film adaptation and I just don’t think they are the right fit for me. But that’s not the fault of the book or the art. It’s just a me thing.

***Thank you to NetGalley and Legendary Comics for providing me with an ebook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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It felt just like that, a movie I graphic novel format. If you are looking for an adaptation, this was not exactly it. The art was stunning, and it was well written.

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As a fan of the books, I was really anxious about what I was going to find inside this graphic novel. But, the result was pretty good.
The art and the dialogues expand the worlds of DUNE in such a beautiful way. I didn't know I needed this until now. Maybe it has its flaws but, they aren't a big deal.
So if you enjoy the story of DUNE and graphic novels, give it a chance.

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I read the first two Dune books last year and watched the movie twice and this was a beautifully made additional piece to the franchise. I wish the drawings had been made more of the descriptions of the characters rather than the actors but of course this is the movie graphic novel - I just think I would’ve enjoyed it even more like that. The drawings were gorgeous and the facial expressions were incredibly made. I can’t believe how this gives the entire story in such a quick read compared the long time it took me to get through the books and the feature length movie. For fans of the franchise this is a great addition!

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I have loved Dune since I was a child & have watched al the variations, naturally the comic was something I wanted to pick up - & I believe they did a fair job with this.

𝗠𝘆 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲: Dune in panels
𝗙𝗮𝘃 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿: The worms
𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆: Easy
𝗧𝘆𝗽𝗲: Graphic Novel
𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗿𝗲: Adventure

~ Detailed illustrations
~ Quick reviews of storyline
~ Good use of panels, colors & movement

Paul Attreides is a spoiled rick kid whose father is a Duke & mother comes from a caste of witch seers. When the jealous af emperor of the ‘universe 🤔’ realizes there are families more powerful than him, he launches the Harkonnens against the Attreides, expecting annihilation - instead he is brining hope to the Fremen of Dune (planet of the essential ‘spice’) a powerful ruler (Paul) who will learn the desert’s ways & save the natives. 😔

✨𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱.

~ 🫣 I still prefer the older version to this movie version 😔
~ Don’t expect the full story (remember there are Dune BOOKS)

♡🌱 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗺𝗲 ;)

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I feel ashamed that I did not know the classic version of The Dune written by Frank Herbert, a movie source (2021 and now this graphic novel based on it). This is as in the title "The Official Movie Graphic Novel" - so if you watched it, you will know the content - that will be read in a really fast way. Still, I think I would recommend it only to those who watched the film.
Paul Atreides is a boy coming from a Royal family, but his destiny is much more than being a ruler - his fate is about something much greater, and who knows where this would lead our male MC into. His development was well introduced here as he got from a young momma boy (still with powers) to a man that can change the destiny of many creatures - I have MANY questions for what will happen next, and waiting for the movie/comics will be a very long way ahead. So I think I will put Herbert's novels on my TBR pile.
I started with the paragraph that this graphic novel is the same when it comes to the plot content, but what the creators include here are some pretty nice arts that I loved looking at when I finished this story.

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Very abridged, but beautifully illustrated. Makes a nice companion to the movie, but I wouldn't recommend it in place of the book or graphic novel based on the book. I did really enjoy the character gallery in the back of the book.

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I haven't read the Dune books but I have watched the film so I was able to enjoy it. This is just an addition to the film and honestly I don't think without reading the book or watching the film, one would be able to enjoy it.

Thank You NetGalley and Legendary Comics for this ARC!

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I really enjoyed this as a companion to the film which I thought was brilliant. I’m not really sure that anyone unfamiliar with the Dune world , either book or film, would understand it.

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My first introduction to Dune was the film adaptation that was released in 2021. Having not read the books on which it was based, I was very excited to read this graphic novel, featuring stunning artwork. This book is a wonderful complement to the film and has made me want to go back and read the original novels on which the films are based.

Thank you for NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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When I watched Dune in the movie theatre back in October of 2021 I was amazed. I had for a long time been meaning to read the series, but had not managed to get around to it. So seeing Denis Villeneuve’s vision onscreen was mind-blowing, and it was my first introduction to this universe.

For me, a graphic novel adaption of a movie is supposed to be an easy way to ‘rewatch’ the movie without having to rewatch it. This offical graphic novel adaption does exactly that, it cover exactly what the movie did and consolidated all of the vital aspects required of the story. No major aspects of the storyline were left out and while I could have easily enjoyed this being another 50 or so pages longer to add more in, I can understand why they chose to keep this graphic novel at its current length.

The art style was hit-and-miss for me. At times it felt like the movie had come to live on the page. I could not, and still cannot, believe that someone could be so talented to be able to recreate the scenes from the movie how they did. Then unfortunately at times I was jarred out of my amazement by the facial expressions. Majority of them were very good and the characters looked exactly like they did on screen, then at other times they appeared to be anything but.

I will reread this graphic novel again when I don’t have the time to watch the movie, but I would prefer to watch the movie.

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Having only watched the Dune movie so far(the novels are on my tbr list don't @ me), I really enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation. Definitely more quick paced, but that's only to be expected! The art in this is fantastic. I will definitely be ordering this soon to keep on my shelf :)

Thanks NetGalley and Legendary Comics for the arc!

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By way of introductory remarks, let me state I’d been considered re-reading Frank Herbert’s Dune for a while, so when this comic popped up on Netgalley, it seemed a very obvious request.

After all, what better way to quickly remind myself of the plot and immerse myself in the world?

The answer is probably none.

The story doesn’t hit the same as reading the book (I don’t know about the movie yet). It lacks the detail, the suspense. The grand moments, by and large, are not quite as momentous. That was expected though. Of course this would be a compression of the original story. It would be nice if it felt like a distillation but that was a lot to hope for. It works for what it is and Sturges does a fine job with it.

Where this comic really comes through is Drew Johnson’s art. It seems to stretch on and on, bleakly serene. The facial art feels a little repetitive, but more in a place where people resemble each other sort of way rather than anything bad. Maybe it would be more of an issue if I didn’t know the characters, but I do, and I presume anyone interested in this knows them too.

I wanted to revisit Dune to satisfy a small itch. This comic adaptation more than fulfilled my expectations there, and perhaps created a bigger itch in doing so.

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This is a stunning and faithful adaptation of the recent Dune film which is itself a fantastic adaptation of Frank Herbert's book.
The artwork captures the colour palette of the film really well and even though I am not the greatest fan of the original book, I found this to be an enjoyable read.

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Rating: 2.5

When this popped up I was really excited to check it out. I watched the film not too long ago and I wanted to gain further insight into the story as honestly, I was confused. Turns out this was not the media to help with this issue, if anything I’m now even more confused.

The graphic novel had the opposite problem to the film - it was way too fast-paced. A lot of important details seem missing and if you haven’t read the book series or watched the film you will be completely lost. I still feel lost with the story and I watched the film not long ago.

I’m now left wondering why this has been created. It’s a complete replica of the film, but with scenes cut out to make it shorter, and it offers no new insight or stories. It’s nice to have a companion novel, but the original series already exists for that reason. No hate to anyone involved in making this, but it seems a bit redundant to me.

I enjoy how realistic the art style looks, it must be really cool seeing yourself in a graphic novel, but as the colour scheme throughout was just brown and grey the finer details got lost very easily.

One thing I will say about the art, and please don’t take this as me stating the illustrator, but a lot of the time it looked like a painted filter put over shots of the film. Now I’m not sure if I mean this as a bad thing or not. Either this has been done and it’s very lazy, or the illustrator is just insanely talented. I wish I knew more about it to be honest.

I’m also not sure how much of the prose was written purposely for this, or what was taken straight from the film script. Which begs me to ask again, why has this been made? I get that it’s the quickest way to consume the story but if you have no prior knowledge of this world or story, you will probably have no idea what is going on.

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I haven't read Dune *gasp* nor seen the film adaptation of it. As a result, I felt a little lost during this graphic novel. I feel like I understood the main plot points and story arc, but the emotional investment and any mood/tone was lost on me. I don't feel like the characters were even emotionally invested in their own story. The colors were very muted (intentionally?) and dark which made it hard to see the facial expressions and any details in the illustrations.

I feel like I need to watch the movie and read the book to understand this graphic novel better.

That being said, I did like the plot and the space drama that unfolds within these pages. The social commentary and politics feel like they have potential for many lessons in the classroom.

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Lilah Sturges’ interpretation of Dune, based on the recent movie, is just as great as watching the movie, only this time in still drawings with speech bubbles spread across pages. Starting with the story of how Dune came from thought to story, Lilah takes the reader on a visual journey of the events from Dune movie part 1 from 2022. Just as in the movie, the colors are very strong and play a big role in the storytelling. My favourite pages were the ones from Dune where the native-blue eyes appear just as s splatter of color on a page full of yellow. The effect is amazing!

If you’re a long-time Dune fan, you’ll probably want to get a printed version of this graphic novel, as the middle and the end contain a lot of posters, including a 2 x page of the famous Dune worm facing Paul and Jessica. If this is your thing, make sure to also check the character gallery sketches at the end of the graphic novel, it’s definitely worth admiring!

Special thanks to NetGalley, Legendary Comics, and the editorial team for giving me the opportunity to review the ARC in audiobook format and to you, my reader, for taking the time to read this honest personal book review.

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