Hot on the heels of the success of their House Atreides series, BOOM! Studios have announced details of DUNE: DUNE: BLOOD OF THE SARDAUKAR #1, a “poignant, blood-soaked tale” which promises to expand the rich mythology of Frank Herbert’s Dune, arguably the most admired science fiction novel of all time.
The new story will be adapted and scripted by House Atreides writing partnership of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and illustrated by artist Adam Gorham, with colours by Patricio Delpeche and letters by Ed Dukeshire.
Here’s the official blurb:
When the choice is vengeance or honor, which lies at the heart of a Sardaukar? Jopati Kolona is 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.
Speaking about the announcement, Herbert said “When we wrote this story, a standalone tale set during the events of the original DUNE, we were excited for this first opportunity ever to delve into the history and traditions of this mysterious force of warriors, showing it through the eyes of one particular Sardaukar.”
Anderson continued, adding “We very much enjoyed being able to flesh out the background of the Sardaukar, and this character became a prominent force in our new Caladan trilogy. The comic adaptation shows DUNE fans places they have never seen in Frank Herbert’s universe.”
DUNE: BLOOD OF THE SARDAUKAR #1 will be available this July, and will feature cover art by Jeff Dekal and variant covers by artists Adam Gorham, Max Fiumara, and Gerald Parel, all of which you can feast your eyes on below.
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