Denise Mina

Feb. 21, 2013 | 11:38 a.m.

Exclusive: ‘Girl Who Played with Fire’ graphic novel cover revealed

'The Girl Who Played with Fire' (featured image)
The cover for “The Girl Who Played With Fire: Book One,” part of a graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, reveals the story’s anti-social heroine, Lisbeth Salander, surrounded by flames. Hero Complex readers get a first look at the cover, by comic artist Lee Bermejo, whose DC Comics work includes drawing for “Before Watchmen: Rorschach,” “Lex Luthor: Man of Steel” and “Resident Evil: Fire & Ice,” among other titles. The book is the third installment in a planned sextet — two volumes for each of Larsson’s novels– released by DC’s edgy imprint Vertigo and adapted by Scottish crime writer Denise Mina with art by Andrea Mutti and Leonardo Manco. Mina, whose résumé includes 10 novels, a handful of plays and a stint writing “Hellblazer,” told Hero Complex in December that comics are the ideal form for a retelling […]
Dec. 13, 2012 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Dragon Tattoo’: Denise Mina on Larsson, feminist crime fiction

Dragon Tattoo (featured image)
It’s hard to imagine someone better suited to adapt Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” as a graphic novel than Scottish crime author Denise Mina. After studying law at Glasgow University and researching a doctoral thesis the University of Strathclyde on the ascription of mental illness to female offenders, she taught criminology and criminal law before publishing her first book, “Garnethill,” about a woman who wakes up one day to find the body of her therapist boyfriend in her living room and herself a suspect in the murder. “Garnethill” won the Crime Writers’ Assn. John Creasey Dagger for the best first crime novel and was the start of a trilogy completed by “Exile” and “Resolution.” Her resume also includes plays and, of course, a stint writing “Hellblazer,” in which she took John Constantine to Scotland. Her work is […]
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