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Vertigo inks deal on ‘Tattoo’ novels

Graphic novel to be based on Larsson pic

In a move that would probably appeal to Lisbeth Salander, DC Entertainment imprint Vertigo will publish a graphic novel based on Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” this fall.

Vertigo is working closely with Larsson’s estate and Hedlund Literary Agency to develop the book that Scottish crime author Denise Mina will pen, with cover image created by Lee Bermejo and art from Leonardo Manco and Andrea Mutti.

Book hits bookstores in November.

“We’re thrilled to be adapting this incredible story into a series of graphic novels,” said Vertigo’s executive editor Karen Berger. “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.”

The move to go the graphic novel route with Larsson’s tale makes sense, given its origins as a bestselling phenomenon — the first of a trilogy that has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. Sales for all three books exceed 17 million copies in the U.S. alone, including digital sales of 3.5 million copies.

Mina’s cime novels include “Deception” and “Field of Blood.” She has also written for Vertigo’s “Hellblazer” series and most recently penned “A Sickness in the Family,” another graphic novel for the publisher.

Bermejo recently completed DC’s “Batman: Noel,” a followup to “Joker,” both bestsellers; while Argentinian artist Manco’s credits include “Hellblazer” and Italian artist Mutti first worked with Vertigo on “The Executor” graphic novel before its “DMZ” comicbook series.

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