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The conclusion of Vertigo’s two-part adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the bestselling crime novel by Stieg Larrson, will arrive in stores May 1, the DC Comics imprint confirmed this morning.
Written by Denise Mina and illustrated by Leonardo Manco and Andrea Mutti, the graphic novel is the second installment in the six-volume adaptation of Larsson’s celebrated “Millennium” series: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. The first volume debuted last month, supported by a television advertising campaign.
The Millennium trilogy, which has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide since the release of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in 2005, centers on Lisbeth Salander, and eccentric computer hacker, and Mikael Blomkvist, and investigative journalist and magazine editor. They’re brought together in the first novel to solve a 40-year-old missing person’s case.
Larsson, a Swedish journalist and author, passed away in 2004 at age 50, leaving the completed manuscripts for the first three novels in what was intended as a 10-book series. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been adapted twice for film: in 2009 by Swedish director Niels Arden, and in 2011 by American director David Fincher. Sony Pictures plans to film the two sequels back to back sometime next year.