Vertigo’s Graphic Content blog announced this morning the full creative team and scheduled November release date for the graphic novel adaptation of late author Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Scottish crime novelist Denise Mina, author of the Vertigo Crime GN A Sickness in the Family, has been confirmed for the adaptation. Joining her on art will be longtime Hellblazer artist Leonardo Manco, as well as Andrea Mutti, who first worked with Vertigo on the Vertigo Crime GN The Executor before doing a stint on the recently concluded DMZ.
Covers for the series will be provided by regular Vertigo Crime cover artist Lee Bermejo, whose Batman: Noel GN is a New York Times bestseller.
“We’re thrilled to be adapting this incredible story into a series of graphic novels,” Vertigo executive editor Karen Berger told Graphic Content. “Denise, Lee, Leonardo and Andrea have such great passion for the material and stylistically they’re a perfect match to bring it to comics life. Their beautifully dark and visceral work will certainly blow us all away.”
Vertigo announced last October their intention to publish the trilogy as a series of six graphic novels, with two each releasing in 2012, 2013, and 2014. It is unclear if this schedule is still in place, as it would require consecutive volumes of the first book to be released a month apart in 2012.
While the original novels have sold around 17 million copies in the United States, this news comes on the heels of a relatively poor box office showing by the critically acclaimed American film adaptation.