The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book 1

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book 1

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by Denise Mina, Andrea Mutti, Leonardo Manco

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A New York Times Best Seller!

DC Comics/Vertigo will publish the official graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy," starting in Fall 2012 with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, the international publishing phenomenon. Each book in the "Millennium Trilogy" will be adapted in two hardcover graphic novel volumes.

Harriet Vanger, a scion


A New York Times Best Seller!

DC Comics/Vertigo will publish the official graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy," starting in Fall 2012 with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, the international publishing phenomenon. Each book in the "Millennium Trilogy" will be adapted in two hardcover graphic novel volumes.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The late Stieg Larsson’s slick potboiler is wildly popular in both movie and novel form; its tale—disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his unorthodox ally hacker/investigator, Lisbeth Salander, struggle to discover the truth behind the disappearance of Harriet Vanger decades before—is familiar to people around the world. Now it has been transformed into a graphic novel, this installment covering the events of the first half of the novel. As with the movies, translation to graphic form requires streamlining the novel, discarding details not absolutely essential to the plot. Despite a tight adaptation by crime novelist Mina, this version preserves many of the flaws of the original, the visual fetishization of Salander emphasizing Larsson’s clueless background misogyny. In addition, the photorealistic art style and attempt at dynamic storytelling, while striking in and of itself, works against the procedural grind of reading documents and computer hacking which provided the action in the novel. The resulting hybrid is not so much a reinterpretation of the original as a slightly edited storyboard. While it won’t necessarily make new fans on its own, completists should enjoy the new visual interpretation. (Nov.)
From the Publisher

"A whip-smart heroine and a hunky guy who needs her help? This sexy, addictive thriller is everything you never knew you could get from a crime novel."—GLAMOUR

"Unique and fascinating.... It's like a blast of cold, fresh air to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."—CHICAGO TRIBUNE 

"Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer thriller, then add an angry punk heroine and a down-on-his-luck investigative journalist, and you have the ingredients of Stieg Larsson's first novel."—THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Wildly intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller."—THE WASHINGTON POST

“I am beginning to believe that Denise Mina is the finest contemporary exponent of British crime fiction.”—Marcel Berlins, THE TIMES (LONDON)

Library Journal
An aging millionaire grieving the long-ago disappearance of a beloved niece hires a disgraced investigative journalist to look into her presumed murder. Mikael Blomkvist, the journalist, teams up with brilliant punk hacker-investigator Lisbeth Salander, and the pair eventually uncovers a cascade of family horrors involving rapes, murder, and corporate corruption. Larsson's wildly popular mystery comes through surprisingly clearly in this able adaptation from crime writer Mina (Garnethill; Hellblazer). The original Swedish title was Men Who Hate Women, and Mina has emphasized the victim's point of view for Salander's rape as well as flashbacks of her mother's abuse. The art is realistic color with monochrome flashbacks. While some characters appear a little stiff, the fascinating Salander seems almost alive on the page. VERDICT This adaptation of an international megaseller is a solid, compelling candidate for adult graphic novel collections. Note: the book contains disturbing sexual content as appropriate to the story, although not especially graphic.—M.C.

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Meet the Author

Denise Mina is the award-winning author of eight acclaimed crime novels and is one of the leading figures in Scotland's "Tartan Noir" genre of crime fiction. Denise made her comics debut with a 13-issue run of HELLBLAZER in 2006-2007. Her first graphic novel was the Vertigo Crime title A SICKNESS IN THE FAMILY.

Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor in chief of the magazine EXPO and a leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book 1 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ORTOOSSI More than 1 year ago
@ Anonymus "not the full book," this is the first of six books comprising the trilogy so you have not wasted your money or been short shrifted out of the full context of the story which is well worth waiting for.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I’m a huge fan of Stieg Larsson’s original trilogy. So much so that I even watched the Swedish language film because I couldn’t wait for the American version. When I read that there was going to be a graphic novel adaptation I was worried. Worried first that the book is actually too graphic for a comic. Some things are bad enough in my head without having to see them in color on the page. Worried second that the book would be dumbed done. Both those worries were alieved after reading this. While yes, there is still some terribly violent images here it was toned down enough to not turn my stomach. The art was very good and did a great job of illustrating how different Lisbeth is too her “peers”. While the author here, Denise Mina omitted quite a bit it makes sense why. She does a great job of paring the book down to the essentials. Overall this was a very good adaptation and I plan on checking out book two.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Marissa Book provided by: NetGalley Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I chose to review this version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because I loved the Stieg Larsen novels and because I love a good story told in graphic art. This is a win-win all the way around. The story was superbly told (the story, not the movie – there are some subtle differences). However, because I am making comparisons, there might be a spoiler or two in here if you have not read the book or seen either movie. (I’ve seen only the Swedish film so that’s where any contrasts I offer will come from.) First and foremost in a graphic novel is the artwork. That is what draws us to the novel, gets us to open the cover, and begin reading the first page. The artwork in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is exceptional. At times dark and brooding, the art takes us into Lisbeth’s world of violence and underground computer hackers. And this was the real crux of the story – the abuse she suffered as a child which then reached out to her as an adult. Our first view of Lisbeth is with her eyes downward. In fact, her eyes are kept downward for several frames – an introduction to her shyness and lack of people skills. At this point in the novel, we have only touched on her childhood. However, the rape of Lisbeth by her guardian is brutal. I’m not sure which was worse – watching the rape between live actors in a movie, or seeing it in graphic art splayed out on the page. My eyes kept getting drawn back, looking for more detail. I think it’s like that wicked car crash on the highway where you don’t want to look but you can’t help it, and you tell yourself you’re just making sure everyone is okay – even if you know otherwise. In comparison, the pages brightened to snow-filled days and candle-lit dinners for Mikael’s scenes. Mikael, attempting to solve a murder from 1966, delves into a family history that is twisted and bent unlike no other family tree. One thing the graphic novel does that the movie skimmed over is offer a more detailed explanation of how Mikael Blomqvist ended up in prison and giving up the reins on the financial magazine he co-published. One of the problems, though, is that this is only a segment of the novel. DC Comics/Vertigo is publishing each book in the Millenium Trilogy in two parts, and therein lays the problem. I just don’t see how a 600+ page book can be successfully condensed into half that. I am, however, anxious to find out and will be picking up Part II as soon as it comes out. I would recommend this book for those that like to see/read alternative interpretations of their favorite books, but I would not suggest that the graphic novel be read in place of the original book by Stieg Larsen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent adaptation of Stieg Larson's best selling novel. The illustrations are dark and add a goth, film noir feel to this retelling. NOTE this is part one, not the complete story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought the book lastnight and it's not the full book! Wasted my money