First look: New Girl With the Dragon Tattoo comic

Once you’ve knitted the Sarah Lund sweater, fermented some shark flesh in the shed, tried every flavour of Finnish powdered berry, and exhausted the entire Ikea food range, how can you feed your Nordic noir addiction? Well, Hard Case Crime and Titan Comics might have the answer. On 28 June, they jointly publish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Millennium as a regular comic series.

The first issue lands at an impressive 64 pages, selling for $5.99 in the US, and starting at £3.99 for the digital version in the UK. In November, you’ll be able to get hold of volume one as a graphic novel format at £10.99.

Stieg Larsson’s story was adapted for the comic format by Belgian writer Sylvain Runberg, with artwork by José Homs and Man, and published in France by Dupuis in 2013. With its strong, expressive, style, the comic puts the emphasis on attitude and action like never before. This version has been translated into English by Rachel Zerner, and retells the tale of discredited journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his quest to help the wealthy industrialist Henrik Vanger find his missing niece. Blomkvist is helped, of course, by Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, whose mission is to avenge violence against women.

The artwork above captures the iconic Salander for the alternate cover of issue one, and is by Claudio Ianniciello. The one below is the original cover by José Homs.

This is the first time The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has appeared as a regular comic series in English. However, she has appeared in graphic novel format in the past. DC’s imprint Vertigo released Stieg Larsson’s three Millennium books as graphic novels starting in 2012 with the text adapted by none other than Denise Mina, and artwork by Andrea Mutti and Leonardo Manco.

Below you can watch the French trailer for the new graphic novel, entitled Millennium: Like You’ve Never Read it Before. And below that are further images of the internal artwork, which look brilliant.

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