Dune: House Atreides: Blood of the Sardaukar #1

Writer: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson Artist: Adam Gorham Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: July 28, 2021 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 2
7.6Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

When the choice is vengeance or honor, which lies at the heart of a Sardaukar?
Jopati Kolona one of the Sardaukar: the emperor's elite military unit. The Sardaukar are unbeatable, unbending in their devotion to the emperor, and feared throughout the galaxy.
When Jopati meets Duke Leto of House Atreides, the house he believes responsible for the destruction of his home planet and family, he will be forced to question a life-long hatred.
Tasked with overthrowing the Atreides stronghold on Dune for his master, Jopati will be forced to choose between duty and forgiveness.
A poignant, blood-soaked tale expanding the rich mytholog more

  • 10
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Jul 28, 2021

    This is a unique take on Dune, used changed perspective allowing key plot twists to be seen from another point of view from Herbert's original classic. Adding much-needed details to some of the actions of the Emperor, who fears that the Landraad will follow Leto builds texture without diluting the key story. Add this one to your shopping list if you can't wait for the Spice in October. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Geek'd Out - Muriel Truax Jul 28, 2021

    I really enjoyed the political intrigue of this comic. The story of Joptis childhood, told in flashbacks, allows the reader to piece together the story in a non-linear fashion that builds the tension in an appealing manner. The artwork and paneling make the story easy to follow, and the aesthetic gives a loosely Medieval Middle Eastern setting to this science fiction story. Dune: Blood of the Sardaukar #1 is a great comic that converted me to being a Dune-appreciator. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Jul 28, 2021

    Dune Blood Of the Sardauker #1 is a straightforward but very well executed alternative perspective story which sticks very accurately to the ideas and themes of the original material. It explores the idea of honor among men who serve men without honor and how a debt of honor unknown is repaid in a small act of (unknown) defiance that ultimately can be argued has huge long-term consequences for readers familiar with the canon of the novels. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Jul 29, 2021

    If I were to mention any gripes theyd probably be centred on how, when seeing more of the young Duke Leto, the Atreides come off even more idealistic. Where certain preconceptions are challenged, others are annoyingly amplified. However, as if we had successfully converted the Water of Life to gain prescience, we know that good intentions and a code of honour will not alone be enough to save you from Dune. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Michael Compton Aug 4, 2021

    Dune: Blood of the Sardaukaroffers an interesting glimpse into the background inner workings of a world sci-fi fans never tire of. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Jul 28, 2021

    While Blood of the Sardaukar may not be inviting to new readers it is rewarding for current or lapsed fans. Frank Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson provide depth and nuance to what originally was a plot device that sent Paul Atreides into exile. New readers have better options for a starting point, but Blood of the Sardaukar should interest lapsed fans into exploring the new Caladan series. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Joe Skonce Jul 30, 2021

    "Dune: Blood of the Sardaukar" #1 features some impressive art but ultimately tells a story that doesn't need to be told. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jul 28, 2021

    But the issue's greatest sin is trying to convince us of the nobility of these political death troopers with the trite notion that, if not for Bashar's flash of conscience during the raid, the Dune saga might have played out differently. Color me unconvinced. Read Full Review

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