DUNE : HOUSE HARKONNEN #1-3 (Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson / Michael Shelfer)

BOOM! Studios has announced a January launch for Dune: House Harkonnen, a 12-issue series adapting for the first time from Frank Herbert’s Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and artist Michael Shelfer.

Here’s how BOOM! describes the title:

« Fans will gain insight into how the early years of iconic figures Gurney Halleck, Lady Jessica, and Liet Kynes had their future shaped by the complex and brutal machinations of House Harkonnen! What difficult choices will tear Leto Atreides apart as Baron Harkonnen plots against not just House Atreides, but the Bene Gesserit and the Emperor himself? »

« Speaking for the Frank Herbert family, I am extremely pleased to be able to provide beautifully-illustrated comic editions of Dune: House Harkonnen for Dune fans. This is the second novel I wrote with Kevin, and the new series launch brings to my mind the excitement of our national book tours around the turn of the millennium, and the wonderful receptions we received from fans, » Brian Herbert said. « Our own enthusiasm for Frank Herbert’s fantastic Dune series has never waned, and our spirits are constantly buoyed by the incredible support we continue to receive from readers. We hope you enjoy the new series as much as we have enjoyed writing the stories. »

Brian Herbert is the son of legendary science fiction author Frank Herbert and has written the definitive biography of him, Dreamer of Dune. He also also co-manages the legacy of Frank Herbert (with Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert) and is an executive producer of the motion picture Dune and the forthcoming TV series Dune: The Sisterhood.

Anderson said: « House Harkonnen is one of my favorites of all the Dune novels Brian and I have written, dark and emotionally powerful, with some of the most spectacular scenes in the long history set in Frank Herbert’s universe – and they just cried out to be done visually. I am so excited that BOOM! is continuing our Prelude to Dune trilogy in comic form. »

For better or worse, House Harkonnen is a force of nature within the Dune universe, at the center of the pivotal moments that have determined the fates of entire planets and civilizations," said editor Shantel LaRocque of BOOM! Studios. « Brian and Kevin have done an incredible job of bringing the power of the Harkonnens to life as their machinations begin to entangle them within the lives of the Atreides, leading to the explosive events of Dune. »

Dune: House Harkonnen #1 features main cover art by Raymond Swanland and variant covers by Reiko Murakami, Stephanie Hans and Jeremy Bastian.

Premier aperçu :

Written by: Brian Hebert, Kevin J. Anderson.

Art by: Michael Shelfer.

Covers by: Raymond Swaland, Reiko Murakami, Mateus Manhanini.

Description: While Gurney sings blasphemous songs in defiance of the Baron, who grows weaker from his stubborn affliction by the day, the fruitless production of artificial spice continues to infuriate Fenring and Shaddam, and a hidden stash of organic spice further complicates things. Meanwhile, Duke Leto is watched from afar by a person of untold significance for his future and lineage.

In stores on: Feb. 22.

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Written by: Brian Hebert, Kevin J. Anderson.

Art by: Michael Shelfer.

Covers by: Raymond Swaland, Reiko Murakami, Frany.

Description: Duncan trains to be the legendary fighter he’s destined to become, while Baron Harkonnen clashes with the fearsome Bene Gesserit and the enemy within…his degenerative disease. Meanwhile, the Ix uprising is in desperate need of aid, especially as young fertile women begin to disappear.

In stores on: March 22.