Leto tries, unsuccessfully, to warn the nobility of Ix of the coming revolt - the nobles can’t fathom that the race they’ve bred especially for working would organize themselves to rise up. But, with the promise of artificial spice, the emperor turns a blind eye and bogs down requests for help in governmental bureaucracy. Leto takes the two noble Ixian children back to Caladan as their noble parents flee in hopes of escaping bounty hunters who might come after them. Now, it’s Leto’s turn to show off his planet and all the wonderful things they can do. The young Duncan Idaho has meanwhile made it to Caladan, and he begins his service to House Atreides tending to the Duke’s stables. Paulus, Leto’s duke father, prepares a Celebration to welcome the two children, complete with bull fighting.
Volume two has a lot more insight into the politics of this galaxy. The governmental procedure and red tape that allows Ix to be conquered is very reminiscent of the politicking that happens in Dune with House Atreides and Harkonnen. Guess the Emperor Apple doesn't fall far from the tree! As someone who has read Dune and seen several of the movie adaptations, I really should have seen the ending of this volume coming from a mile away, but I didn't and I applaud the writers for being able to still surprise me.
The art is, once again, lovely, especially the scenes on Caladan. Who doesn't love an ocean teaming with beautiful creatures and rolling green hills? By contrast, almost every other world in this galaxy is bleak and ugly.
Sara’s Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 11-12
Reviews of other volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Publication Date: June 29, 2021
ISBN: 9781684156894 (Hardcover)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Science Fiction, Action Adventure, BOOM! Studios
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