Illustrated by Dev Pramanik, colored by Alex Guimarães
With the death of his father Paulus, Leto ascends to the throne of his dukedom, and his first order of business is getting to the bottom of the accident that killed his father. Duncan Idaho proves to be instrumental in exposing the culprit who drugged the bull that killed Paulus. After that, Duncan becomes a trusted person in Leto's court. The Harkonnens continue to stoke the flames against the Atredies, and they waste no time making all manner of suggestions to the new Emperor, Shaddam IV. One of Leto's many enemies frame him for violating the peace that must be maintained inside the Heighliner, and Leto spends his first visit to the Emperial Palace trying to clear his name. Back on Arrakis, Pardot Kynes continues his work with the Fremen to try to make Dune into a lush paradise. He has been accepted into the Fremen society as a prophet, and has fathered a child, Liet, with is Fremen wife.
This volume supplies a mostly satisfying conclusion, as a lot of the plot points have come to a place where readers can easily tie them into other Dune books or movies. We have seen the story of Paulus' murder and how that affected Leto's transition to power, which is something alluded to in the movies; we've got the origin of Liet Kynes, who is prominent in Paul's journey through Arrakis; and we see Shaddam IV's rise to the throne through nefarious means. There are still some open-ended plot points, but those may tie into the next comic journey: House Harkonnen.
Sara’s Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 11-12
Reviews of other volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
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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