Can’t get enough of Denis Villenueve’s 2021 film adaptation of Dune? Well, don’t worry. BOOM! Studios has you covered there with a brand new comic book series called Dune: The Waters of Kanly. Even better, it stars the musical veteran Gurney Halleck and his (mis)adventures following the fall of House Atreides.

The (Mis)Adventures of Gurney Halleck

"Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1" main cover art by Christian Ward.
The only song appropriate for this is a dirge. Main cover art: Christian Ward.

BOOM! Studios is proud to unveil Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1. This will be the first of a new 4-part comic book series set in the world of Frank Herbert’s award-winning sci-fi novel series taking place on the desert world of Arrakis.

"Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1" variant cover A art by Junggeun Yoon.
This makes Dune look more like a fantasy series than a sci-fi series. Variant cover A artist: Junggeun Yoon.

Brian Herbert, eldest son of Frank Herbert himself, will write for Dune: The Waters of Kanly along with Kevin J. Anderson. The duo has worked together on many Dune novels, so this will effectively be an official comic book adaptation. Francesco Mortarino (Power Rangers) will be the artist behind this comic book series, with Raúl Angulo (Go Go Power Rangers) as the colorist and Ed Dukeshire (Once & Future) as the letterer. The comic book series will also feature Christian Ward (Something is Killing the Children) as the main cover artist, with Junggeun Yoon (Magic), In Hyuk Lee (Amazing Spider-man), and Massimo Carnevale (The Marvels, Y: The Last Man) responsible for the variant covers.

"Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1" variant cover B art by In Hyuk Lee.
Although to be fair, Dune is a lot more fantasy than it is sci-fi. Variant cover B artist: In Hyuk Lee.

Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1 will go on sale on May 4, 2022. You can preorder it at your local comic book shop. If you’re fine with the digital version though, then you can preorder it from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle. Sadly, none of these digital outlets have it available at the time of this writing. Tune in later to find out when that will be.

"Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1" variant cover C art by Massimo Carnevale.
Yup, not a single thing here that screams “Sci-fi!” Variant C cover artist: Massimo Carnevale.

Dune: The Waters of Kanly ~ Plot Details

"Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1" preview page 1.
Hmm, not as cool as Denis Villenueve’s version of the ornithopters, I see.

So what’s Dune: The Waters of Kanly about? Well, this comic book series will depict Gurney Halleck’s adventures following the fall of House Atreides to House Harkonnen. Yes, for those of you wondering about the Deni Villenueve version, it means that Gurney (played by Josh Brolin) lives, and we might get to see that in the next Dune film.

"Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1" preview page 2.
The best excuse to have a swordfight in a sci-fi setting ever.

The official synopsis of Dune: The Waters of Kanly from BOOM! Studios gives us a bit more information about it. Check it out below:

“Go deeper into the Dune universe with this lore-expanding story set during the events of the Frank Herbert classic! In the aftermath of the battle of Arrakeen, legendary House Atreides warmaster Gurney Halleck takes refuge with spice smugglers, vowing revenge against the Harkonnens no matter the cost.”

"Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1" preview page 3.
Gurney, you gained a lot more hair than the last time I saw you!

BOOM! Studios also has these preview pages of Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1 for us to enjoy today. So enjoy away!

"Dune: The Waters of Kanly #1" preview page 4.
Is it just me, or do those helmets not appear to help much?

Source: BOOM! Studios