DC plans “Millennium Trilogy” graphic novel series


“Knock, knock!” “Who’s there?” “Tiny fists of righteous indignation!” “Tiny fists of righteous indignation wh—” “KAPOW!”

Do you like that? Do you like seeing Lisbeth Salander beat the hell out of some wanker in comic book form? Of course you do! And that’s good news for you, because yesterday DC announced that its Vertigo imprint has acquired the rights to Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium Trilogy! Yes, our favorite badass bisexual computer hacker is about to get comic-ed!

Well, no. Not comic-ed. Lisbeth with be getting graphic novel-ed.

Coming on the heels of David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film, DC will release the first of six graphic novels based on Larson’s best-sellers. Each of Larson’s books will comprise two graphic novels, the first of which will hit shelves in early 2012. The Girl Who Played With Fire is slated for 2013 release, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest for 2014.

I was the last person I know to jump on the Millennium Trilogy bandwagon, but once I did, I fell hopelessly, desperately, irrevocably in love with Lisbeth Salander. Three books were not enough! Especially when Stieg Larsson had planned to write like 11 of them! I went into such pronounced Lisbeth withdrawal after finishing Hornet’s Nest that it was like an actual girl had actually broken up with me! Columbia Pictures’ viral marketing has been like a balm to my Lisbeth-lonely heart, and this graphic novel news is just the thing I need to keep my Church of Salander congregation going strong!

In a press release, Dan DiDio, co-publishers of DC Entertainment said:

The intricate characters and stories Larsson created in the Millennium Trilogy are a perfect match for the graphic novel format, where we can bring Lisbeth Salander to life in entirely new, visually compelling ways. It’s a distinct honor to work on a story that is already so popular with millions of readers around the world.

A distinct honor and a savvy business move. The books will be released in print and digital format, making DC the largest digital comic creator in the US. If they can capture just ten percent of the original book’s readership, it would mean an unprecedented number of graphic novel sales — which could be just the shot in the arm the comics industry needs right now.

I think I’ll put my Millennium Trilogy novels on the shelf right next to my Batwoman graphic novels. And then I’ll get started on that Kate Kane/Lisbeth Salander crack!fic that’s been teasing my brain since the moment I cracked open The Girl Who Played with Fire.

What do you think of the news that Lisbeth is getting her own graphic novels? Do you think they’ll be as good (or maybe even better) than the original books?

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