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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book 1 (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Denise Mina, Andrea Mutti (Illustrator), Leonardo Manco (Illustrator)

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Title:The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Book 1
Authors:Denise Mina
Other authors:Andrea Mutti (Illustrator), Leonardo Manco (Illustrator)
Info:Vertigo (2012), Hardcover, 152 pages
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Rating:*****
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo {graphic novel} by Denise Mina (2012)

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Good adaption but it does require that one has read the novels to really follow the plot. Manco and Mutti's depiction of the protagonist, Lisbeth Salander is spot on. ( )
  Vantine | Mar 14, 2014 |
Not nearly as engrossing as the books...

(Trigger warning for discussions of rape.)

Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy gets the graphic novel treatment in this adaptation penned by Denise Mina. The first of two volumes (each book is to span two graphic novel collections) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Book 1 covers the first book in the series. A murder mystery slash rape revenge story, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not for the faint of heart: there's quite a bit of violence (including violence of a sexual nature) and not a little sex and nudity. (I prefer to think of the series as The Men Who Hate Women Trilogy; after all, the series' focus isn't independent journalism, but MISOGYNY. Consequently, rape - or the threat of it - is present throughout the series.)

Book 1 covers the events of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo from the time Henrik Vanger summons disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist to his estate on Hedeby Island, to the sexual assault and brutal rape of Lisbeth Salander at the hands of her court-appointed guardian, Nils Bjurman. By the end of this collection, Blomkvist has begun to serve his jail term for slandering businessman Hans-Erik Wennerström (another hater of women) while Lisbeth exacts revenge (in an equally brutal fashion) on her rapist. I won't delve into the plot any further; I assume that, if you're reading this, you're already a fan of the books. (No? What are you waiting for?!)

The difficulty inherent in distilling such a long and complex story into just 312 pages of artwork is on display here, as Mina omits some scenes and combines others, sometimes changing the characters' personalities in fundamental ways. For example, Cecilia Vanger propositions Blomkvist within hours of meeting him. As a result, comic book Cecilia seems like a woman who sleeps around, rather than a lonely, would-be divorcee who eventually finds her way to Blomkvist's bed for some much-needed casual sex. Not that there's anything wrong with having lots of sex, but that's not who Cecilia is. And when she dumps Blomkvist at the beginning of his stint in jail, she seems much needier than Book Cecilia. Book Cecelia is much more reluctant to help him solve the mystery of Harriet's disappearance, thus making her more ambivalent about Blomkvist in general.

Likewise, after the rape, Lisbeth is shown interacting with other people, most notably girlfriend Mimi. Book Lisbeth mostly went into hiding, at least until her visible wounds healed and she was able to formulate an action plan. Fiercely protective, Book Lisbeth didn't want to be subjected to anyone's questioning or pity, hence the seclusion. Comic book Lisbeth, while she still refuses to confide in anyone, seems much too comfortable displaying her vulnerabilities to others.

(For what it's worth, I had the same problem with the American film adaptation: by story's end, Lisbeth was telling a naked, post-coital Blomkvist about "all the evil" when, in the books, the audience was left to guess about Lisbeth's childhood until well into The Girl Who Played with Fire. Simply put, Lisbeth would NEVER do that!)

While I understand the need to condense certain parts of the story, some of the changes are downright puzzling, since they don't move the plot along any more quickly. Case in point: Lisbeth's tattoo, which is changed from a small band around her ankle (reminiscent of the restraints Bjurman used during the rape) to the word "BYE" superimposed over a rose. The scene is actually a bit more drawn out in the graphic novel, as Lisbeth must spend several panels convincing the tattoo artist that this is not, in fact, a suicide note. Weird, right? Given the importance placed on tattoos throughout the trilogy, the alteration is not just confusing, but also doesn't ring true.

(Bjurman's minor tattoo change, on the other hand, is totally understandable: "I am a sadistic pig, a pervert, and a rapist" is shortened to the more manageable "I am a rapist.")

The story, while recognizable, also lacks much of the suspense and sense of discovery of the original. I've seen episodes of Investigation Discovery that are more gripping in this regard.

As far as the artwork goes, it's dark and moody, and well-suited for the book. My only complaint is that Lisbeth is much taller than she should be. In the books, she's described as quite short, seemingly frail and almost childlike in stature. This is important because Lisbeth's physical appearance impacts both her behavior (i.e., because she was constantly bullied as a child, she went on the offense in order to stave off attacks) and life circumstances (perhaps if she looked the part, the court might have rescinded Lisbeth's guardianship when she became an adult). Yet, in one panel, Lisbeth appears to be nearly as tall as both Dragan Armansky and Dirch Frode.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed by the adaptation, but not enough so that I'll stop reading it. I already own Book 2, so that's moot; but neither have I cancelled my pre-order of The Girl Who Played With Fire, Book 1. This is a series that deserves much thicker comic books - but hey, I'll take what I can get! Those who've never read the books might enjoy the comics a bit more, but that's only because you're not hip to the original materials. Seriously, check 'em out.

http://www.easyvegan.info/2013/12/22/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-book-1-by-d... ( )
  smiteme | Dec 11, 2013 |


This is the first graphic novel of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" by DC Comics that was inspired by the late Steig Larsson's Män som hatar kvinnor (Men Who Hate Woman). This is probably the third incarnation of the novel which consisted of the Swedish Millenium movie series, the American movie "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". I had known about the book series in my second year of university and then devoured the movie series while I was in my third year. I fell in love with Noomi Rapace's portrayal of Lisbeth Salander and still is. To me, Noomi Rapace is the Swedish version of Rachel Weisz, who is also my girl crush. But even when I wasn't keen with Rooney Mara's Lisbeth, I still love all of the characters including this book.

The graphic novel is consisted of 160 full coloured pages of the first quarter of the novel. The path between Mikael and Lisbeth were crossed when Lisbeth was hired by Henrik Vanger's lawyer to investigate Mikael Blomkvist who was being accused of libel against the business tycoon, Wennerström. With Lisbeth finding out Mikael being set up by Wennerström, Henrik Vanger decided to hire Blomkvist with a large sum of money to investigate the mystery of Harriet Vanger before he was sent to do his prison sentence. The story is narrated by Lisbeth and Mikael's POV with Lisbeth are conflicted because of her abusive new guardian and Mikael's struggle to understand the circumstances with Harriet's disappearance and the curious Vanger family members.

I do notice there are some simplification in the graphic novels but at its core, the graphic novel is faithful to the book. To my delight, Lisbeth's characterization seemed to be based on Noomi Rapace's portrayal which is the main allure of the series since the original book's description is never enough to describe Lisbeth alone. Weirdly enough, Mikael Blomkvist is not what I had in mind in the graphic novel since he's much younger and less journalist-looking than his book/movie counterpart. Plus, as much as I never buy his sexual appeal by every female characters in the series, I don't even see it in this book.

The artwork is what you'd expected from DC comics except the approach is more noir and pulpy than comical. The colour at sometimes is vibrant, nostalgic and sometimes cold, dark and unwelcoming. Although it's a graphic novel from a Swedish counterpart, there's barely any references or effort to make it look like a Swedish book besides the occasional name places. I guess, it's a lot harder to do so in comics than it was with movies but it does make it hard to accept it as an authentic Swedish graphic novel. So, if series's Swedish autheticity is what you look for, I don't think you'll get much from this book.
Overall, it's a great retelling. There's some added scenes and specific details was obviously being carefully thought of to include in the comic. It's a great collection item to fans of the series and if you haven't read the book or seen the movies, this graphic novel is what you would probably will look forward to since it doesn't downgrade the adult violence in this series but the intensity from the artwork is profound enough to make fans of the series pleased.

The first book of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel will be published on 13 November 2012 by DC Comics. The ARC is gratefully supplied by the publisher via NetGalley.


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  aoibhealfae | Sep 23, 2013 |


This is the first graphic novel of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" by DC Comics that was inspired by the late Steig Larsson's Män som hatar kvinnor (Men Who Hate Woman). This is probably the third incarnation of the novel which consisted of the Swedish Millenium movie series, the American movie "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". I had known about the book series in my second year of university and then devoured the movie series while I was in my third year. I fell in love with Noomi Rapace's portrayal of Lisbeth Salander and still is. To me, Noomi Rapace is the Swedish version of Rachel Weisz, who is also my girl crush. But even when I wasn't keen with Rooney Mara's Lisbeth, I still love all of the characters including this book.

The graphic novel is consisted of 160 full coloured pages of the first quarter of the novel. The path between Mikael and Lisbeth were crossed when Lisbeth was hired by Henrik Vanger's lawyer to investigate Mikael Blomkvist who was being accused of libel against the business tycoon, Wennerström. With Lisbeth finding out Mikael being set up by Wennerström, Henrik Vanger decided to hire Blomkvist with a large sum of money to investigate the mystery of Harriet Vanger before he was sent to do his prison sentence. The story is narrated by Lisbeth and Mikael's POV with Lisbeth are conflicted because of her abusive new guardian and Mikael's struggle to understand the circumstances with Harriet's disappearance and the curious Vanger family members.

I do notice there are some simplification in the graphic novels but at its core, the graphic novel is faithful to the book. To my delight, Lisbeth's characterization seemed to be based on Noomi Rapace's portrayal which is the main allure of the series since the original book's description is never enough to describe Lisbeth alone. Weirdly enough, Mikael Blomkvist is not what I had in mind in the graphic novel since he's much younger and less journalist-looking than his book/movie counterpart. Plus, as much as I never buy his sexual appeal by every female characters in the series, I don't even see it in this book.

The artwork is what you'd expected from DC comics except the approach is more noir and pulpy than comical. The colour at sometimes is vibrant, nostalgic and sometimes cold, dark and unwelcoming. Although it's a graphic novel from a Swedish counterpart, there's barely any references or effort to make it look like a Swedish book besides the occasional name places. I guess, it's a lot harder to do so in comics than it was with movies but it does make it hard to accept it as an authentic Swedish graphic novel. So, if series's Swedish autheticity is what you look for, I don't think you'll get much from this book.
Overall, it's a great retelling. There's some added scenes and specific details was obviously being carefully thought of to include in the comic. It's a great collection item to fans of the series and if you haven't read the book or seen the movies, this graphic novel is what you would probably will look forward to since it doesn't downgrade the adult violence in this series but the intensity from the artwork is profound enough to make fans of the series pleased.

The first book of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel will be published on 13 November 2012 by DC Comics. The ARC is gratefully supplied by the publisher via NetGalley.


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  aoibhealfae | Sep 23, 2013 |
pretty good graphic novel version, although too many changes to the story and too much important detail left out... ( )
  michellebarton | Jun 26, 2013 |
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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.… (more)

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