By Danica Davidson
The bestselling The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has struck a chord with readers the world over. There’s been more than one movie adaptation, including the Hollywood one out now, so of course the next step is to make a graphic novel out of it.
Denise Mina will write the adaptation, which is to be published by DC. Besides being a novelist with a flair for crime fiction, she’s been in the world of comics by writing Hellblazer. The literary estate of Stieg Larsson, the writer of Dragon Tattoo, tapped Mina for the job.
The estate also said that Mina didn’t necessarily have to do a purely strict adaptation.
“Lisbeth Salander is just a brilliant character,” Mina said in an interview at The Guardian about the tattooed lead. “She is the main event for me. But she is a survivor of sexual abuse and I think every so often [Larsson] doesn't realise how frightened she is most of the time. I wanted to put those bits in."
She said she’s not changing much. It seems instead she wants to add more depth to the character.
Leonardo Manco, who worked on Hellblazer with Mina, has been hired to illustrate. Manco’s other credits include Hellstorm, Blaze of Glory and Werewolf by Night. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will span two graphic novels, the first of which will be available in March. The next two books in the series, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest will also be two books each and will be released at a later date.
Dan DiDio, the co-publisher of DC Entertainment, likewise loves Larsson’s work and thinks it will be a great fit for the medium. “[It’s the] perfect match for the graphic novel format, where we can bring Lisbeth Salander to life in entirely new, visually compelling ways,” he said.