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Your First Look at Dune: House Atreides #4

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Dune: House Atreides #4, adapted and scripted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the eponymous prequel novel based on Frank Herbert’s notes and illustrated by artist Dev Pramanik, colorist Alex Guimarães, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, in partnership with Herbert Properties LLC and in full coordination with Abrams ComicArts, who published the first of three graphic novel adaptations of Herbert’s original classic novel Dune in Fall 2020.

Leto Atreides has discovered the horrifying truth behind Ix’s success, calling House Vernius’ true nature into question and possibly spelling the House’s demise. The Harkonnens’ deadly influence continues to spread, forcing Duncan Idaho to take drastic measures;  Reverend Mother Gaius Mohiam to play her trump card with the Baron. Pardot Kynes forms an alliance with the Freman that will change the course of Dune’s history. Meanwhile, Crown Prince Shaddam and Hasimir Fenring continue unraveling their plot to oust the Emperor Elrood…

Dune: House Atreides #4 features main cover art by Lorenzo De Felici and variant cover art by Mike Del Mundo. It comes to shelves January 27, 2021.

Dune: House Atreides #4

Preview: Dune: House Atreides #3 (of 12)

Dune: House Atreides #3 (of 12)

(W) Brian Herbet, Kevin J. Anderson (A) Dev Pramanik (CA) Jae Lee
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Young Duncan Idado is given an ultimatum: escape or die.

Meanwhile, Leto Atreides is introduced to the hyper-advanced city of Ix where his future will be shaped in unimaginable ways.

The Planetologist Pardot Kynes ventures into the plains of Dune, and makes a destiny-altering discovery.

And Reverend Mother Gaius Mohiam confronts Baron Harkonnen with a proposition he can’t refuse…

Dune: House Atreides #3 (of 12)

Beyond Fear, Destiny Awaits with McFarlane Toys’ Dune Figures

Get ready to hunt down the McFarlane Toys Dune Build-A-Figure wave, featuring the chosen one Paul Atreides, the mysterious and powerful Lady Jessica, courageous Swordmaster Duncan Idaho, and guardian of the deep desert Stilgar. Collect them all to build an exclusive Beast Rabban figure!

One of the deadliest villains in the Known Universe, Rabban is the lethal enforcer of the malevolent Baron Harkonnen. Collect each Build A-figure to unleash the Beast upon your collection!

In addition to the Build-A Rabban wave, the 12″ Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is also available at Target this Holiday season.

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

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Warner Bros. Shakes Things Up with Dueling Releases on HBO Max and Theaters for 2021

Warner Bros.

It was going to eventually happen but COVID has sped things up as Warner Bros. is making an earthshaking move when it comes to movie distribution. The studio will send 17 films to HBO Max for 31 days, to be released the same day as theaters.

Wonder Woman 1984‘s HBO Max and theater release on Christmas day was just the tip of the iceberg as more are to come.

The studio’s 2021 slate includes The Suicide Squad, The Matrix 4, Dune, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Space Jam: A New Legacy. Other films include Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Reminiscence, Malignant, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, and Cry Macho.

The decision will cause an uproar from theater owners who not only lose in this model but are struggling, and will struggle, to stay open due to the pandemic. The decision, according to reports, was not shared with exhibitors and was kept secret at Warner Bros. The studio will likely need to renegotiate with theater chains and offer up something so to as not completely lose their support.

But, something needed to be done. With a still unknown future and COVID vaccination likely to take most of 2021 the release schedule would be shaky and risky to rely just on theaters. Further delays would hurt the entire industry further creating a backlog of productions and likely cutting numerous projects as held up films would take up future release dates creating a ripple effect.

Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group said:

We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021. With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films. We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar added:

After considering all available options and the projected state of moviegoing throughout 2021, we came to the conclusion that this was the best way for WarnerMedia’s motion picture business to navigate the next 12 months. More importantly, we are planning to bring consumers 17 remarkable movies throughout the year, giving them the choice and the power to decide how they want to enjoy these films. Our content is extremely valuable, unless it’s sitting on a shelf not being seen by anyone. We believe this approach serves our fans, supports exhibitors and filmmakers, and enhances the HBO Max experience, creating value for all.

Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich also said:

This hybrid exhibition model enables us to best support our films, creative partners and moviegoing in general throughout 2021. We have a fantastic, wide-ranging slate of titles from talented and visionary filmmakers next year, and we’re excited to be able get these movies in front of audiences around the world. And, as always, we’ll support all of our releases with innovative and robust marketing campaigns for their theatrical debuts, while highlighting this unique opportunity to see our films domestically via HBO Max as well.

The films will roll at internationally as planned and the decision is focused on the US audience.

Get a First Look at Dune: House Atreides #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Dune: House Atreides #3, adapted and scripted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the eponymous prequel novel based on Frank Herbert’s notes and illustrated by artist Dev Pramanik, colorist Alex Guimarães and letterer Ed Dukeshire, in partnership with Herbert Properties LLC and in full coordination with Abrams ComicArts, who are publishing in the fall the first of three graphic novel adaptations of Herbert’s original classic novel Dune.

Young Duncan Idado is given an ultimatum: escape or die. Meanwhile, Leto Atreides is introduced to the hyper-advanced city of Ix where  his future will be shaped in unimaginable ways. The Planetologist Pardot Kynes ventures into the plains of Dune, and makes a destiny-altering discovery. And Reverend Mother Gaius Mohiam confronts Baron Harkonnen with a proposition he can’t refuse…

Dune: House Atreides #3 features main cover art by Michael Walsh and variant cover art by Rod Reis. It comes to shelves December 23, 2020.

Dune: House Atreides #3

Preview: Dune: House Atreides #2

Dune: House Atreides #2

(W) Brian Herbet, Kevin J. Anderson (A) Dev Pramanik (CA) Jae Lee
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $4.99

The acclaimed prequel to the groundbreaking Dune continues in comic book form for the first time.

Pardot Kynes arrives on Arrakis to begin research into terraforming the desert planet, but the merciless Baron Harkonnen has plans of his own.

Meanwhile, the sadistic Harkonnens brutally test a young slave named Duncan Idaho.

And Leto Atreidies meets with the pioneers of space travel technology – taking the first steps towards his incredible destiny.

Dune: House Atreides #2

Get a First Look at Dune: House of Atreides #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Dune: House of Atreides #2, adapted and scripted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the eponymous prequel novel based on Frank Herbert’s notes and illustrated by artist Dev Pramanik, colorist Alex Guimarães, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, in partnership with Herbert Properties LLC and in full coordination with Abrams ComicArts, who are publishing in the fall the first of three graphic novel adaptations of Herbert’s original classic novel Dune.

Pardot Kynes arrives on Arrakis to begin research into terraforming the desert planet, but the merciless Baron Harkonnen has plans of his own. Meanwhile, the sadistic Harkonnens brutally test a young slave named Duncan Idaho. And Leto Atreides meets with the pioneers of space travel technology – taking the first steps towards his incredible destiny.

Dune: House of Atreides #2 features main cover art by Jae Lee and variant cover art by JG Jones. It comes to shelves on November 25, 2020.

DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES #2

Dune: House Atreides #1 Gets a New Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that Dune: House Atreides #1, the series premiere of the twelve-issue Dune: House Atreides comic book adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel, adapted and scripted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the eponymous prequel novel based on Frank Herbert’s notes and illustrated by artist Dev Pramanik, and colorist Alex Guimarães, has sold out of the second printing at the distributor level!

To meet the demand, BOOM! Studios announced the Dune: House Atreides #1 Third Printing with new cover art by acclaimed artist Miguel Mercado, available on December 2, 2020.

Set in the years leading up the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Dune—which inspired the upcoming feature film from Legendary Pictures— Dune: House Atreides transports readers to the far future on the desert planet Arrakis where Pardot Kynes seeks its ecological secrets in remote, desolate regions of the alien world.

Meanwhile, a violent coup is planned by Shaddam Corrino, the son of Emperor Elrood; far away, 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 are drawn together first as renegades and then as something more, as they discover their true fate – to change the very shape of history!

Dune: House Atreides #1 First Printing may be available at local comic book shops now. Dune: House Atreides #1 Second Printing will be available on November 11, 2020, and Dune: House Atreides #1 Third Printing will be available on December 2, 2020.

Dune: House Atreides #1 Third Printing

Dune: House Atreides #1 Has Sold Out Before Its Release this Wednesday

BOOM! Studios has announced that Dune: House Atreides #1, the series premiere of the twelve-issue comic book adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel, adapted, and scripted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the eponymous prequel novel based on Frank Herbert’s notes and illustrated by artist Dev Pramanik and colorist Alex Guimarães, has sold out at the distributor level!

BOOM! is releasing a Dune: House Atreides #1 Second Printing with brand new cover art by acclaimed artist Michael Walsh, as well as an incentive variant cover by illustrator Evan Cagle, both available on November 11, 2020.

Set in the years leading up the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Dune—which inspired the upcoming feature film from Legendary Pictures— Dune: House Atreides transports readers to the far future on the desert planet Arrakis where Pardot Kynes seeks its ecological secrets in remote, desolate regions of the alien world.

Meanwhile, a violent coup is planned by Shaddam Corrino, the son of Emperor Elrood; far away, 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 are drawn together first as renegades and then as something more, as they discover their true fate – to change the very shape of history!

Dune: House Atreides #1 First Printing will be available on October 21, 2020 at local comic book shops.

Early Review: Dune: House Atreides #1

Dune: House Atreides #1

When it comes to prequels, the main thing that usually brings us to these stories is finding out exactly how the world came to be. This is why people flocked to the theaters to see Episodes I-III of Star Wars. We saw how Anakin became Darth Vader, and what dark impulses led him there. Though the movies had fans divided, what Lucas did with the actual story gives the audience a blueprint and understanding of what was released earlier.

The wanting of knowing more is especially true for fans like me of Frank Herbert’s Dune series, one that his son, Brian, has carried on. The books that followed are as good and even better than what was originally released. The series’ dense mythology is what makes the story as good as it is. BOOM! Studios expands upon that existing world with an authorized adaptation, the brilliant Dune: House Atreides #1.

We’re taken to Arrakis, where the Baron Vladamir Harkonnen has taken over as Sirridar Governor after ousting his brother Abulurd. We also meet Pardot Kynes, a planetologist who gets summoned to the emperor’s court. He gets assigned to Arrakis, stoking a curiosity of said planet and why was he assigned there. We also meet Earl Dominic, a military contractor, who has had a long relationship with the emperor and guaranteeing his vast fortune. We also meet Leto Atreides, a young man, who will soon be the sire of Earl Dominic, and whose outlook is very bright. By the issue’s end, two men from the Emperor’s court put things into play, leaving all of our protagonists in a state of chaos. Dune: House Atreides #1 sets the stage for the next Dune epic story.

Overall, Dune: House Atreides #1 is an excellent introduction to the world and its stakeholders. It shows how one move on the chessboard could up-end the whole game. The story by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is vast and masterful. The art by the creative team is adequate but not eye-catching. Altogether, a story that I loved re-reading, and this adaptation satiates that nostalgia that long time fans are looking for.

Story: Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert Art: Dev Pramanik, Alex Guimaraes, June Chung, and Jae Lee
Story: 9.0 Art: 5.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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