Dune Graphic Novel: Book 2 is the second part of a comic book adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic scifi novel of the same name. The graphic novel series is adapted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and illustrated by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin. As with Book 1, this second part is faithful to the source material, with Book 2 adapting “Muad’dib” the second book of Dune.
For those of you who watched last year’s latest film adaptation of Dune, at least half of Book 2 covers similar ground but with greater faithfulness to the source material. Thus, we follow Paul and his mother Jessica, meeting with Liet, escaping the Emperor’s Sardaukar and navigating the dangers of the desert – including the giant sandworms, of course. Up to the point when Paul and Jessica have their encounter with the Fremen, led by Stilgar, which is where the movie deviates from the source material.
Also included in Book 2 are the fates of Thufir Hawat and Gurney Hallick, insights into the political machinations within House Harkonnen and the assimilation of Paul and Jessica into the Fremen community plus the foreseen Paul-Chani relationship. Perhaps these will be explored in the second Dune movie next year?
The fact that Book 2 is so faithful to the source material is a definite asset. Of course, the graphic novel can cover material more easily than a movie adaptation – without constraints of time or a visual effects budget. For hardcore Dune fans, Dune Graphic Novel: Book 2 is the real deal and provides a stopgap while we are awaiting the next Dune movie. Highly recommended!
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