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FCBD: BOOM! launches Dune, Bad Medicine surfaces

Diamond has released its Silver Sponsor comics for Free Comic Book Day, meaning that the full array of FCBD comics is now before us. There’s quite a variety: Judge Dredd, Buffy, Gilbert Hernandez’s Marble Season, Smurfs, Donald Duck, Voltron, My Favorite Martian. There’s an anthology of Middle Eastern comics and a (censored) Howard Cruse comic. Over at The Beat, commenter Torsten Adair points out that BOOM! Studios is putting out a Dune comic that hasn’t been announced anywhere else—although the solicit text makes it clear that this is just the first of a series: “a must-have precursor to the epic launch of the adaptation of Dune books from BOOM! starting in July!” And Marble Season was only announced on Thursday. On the other side of the news cycle, the Oni Press selection, Bad Medicine, was first announced in 2008 and is just now coming to the surface—it isn’t even on Oni’s website. The writers are the extremely busy team of Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, and the art is by Christopher Mitten.

A few other observations: The Gossamyr comic from Th3rd World Studios features art by “talented newcomer Sarah Ellerton.” I don’t know who let that by, but Ellerton is anything but a newcomer; she has been making webcomics (Inverloch, The Phoenix Requiem) for close to a decade now, although it’s clear from the cover that her art has matured quite a bit. Viz is back in the FCBD game but not with their Shonen Jump samplers of years gone by; this year they are all about Voltron Force, and they were pretty excited about these graphic novels at NYCC this year. Yen Press is highlighting their adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices, which was announced at NYCC.

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I’d like to know if the Dune comic is the actual adaptation of which DUNE novels, or if its from the re-imagined Dune mini-series in recent years.

awesome dune comics been reading the dune novel series this is cool

“Dune Origins” is probably based on the precursor novels from Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, which are based on the Dune novels by Frank Herbert.

The next volume, due out in January, features the origin of the Bene Gesserit.

In case you’re wondering, there’s some 10,000 years of history between this novel and “Dune” by Frank Herbert. So it could be similar to what’s being done with “Star Wars”… writers taking interesting chunks of timeline and writing stories.

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