Nordic Noir

Comic books to draw new Millennium spin off

Comic books to draw new Millennium spin off
The stars of the original Swedish film adaptation of the books. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
Stieg Larsson’s Millennium books are reported to be getting a second alternative ending in a set of new comic books, months after David Lagercrantz published a controversial sequel to the Swedish trilogy.

The comics are being penned by Franco-Swedish writer Sylvain Runberg and Spanish artist Belen Ortega, according to reports by Swedish publish broadcaster Sveriges Radio and comic site Bleeding Cool.

Runberg previously adapted the Millennium series into comic form, with her efforts to depict Swedish heroes Lisbeth Salander and Michael Blomqvist faring better than separate much-hyped versions by comic giant DC Comics Vertigo, Bleeding Cool reports.

The website suggests that the first volume in the European duo’s new series will be released next autumn.

The original Millennium series, which chronicles the adventures of tattooed computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, made Larsson one of the world's best-loved crime writers.

His work has also been adapted into film versions of the series, in both Swedish and English.

But Larsson's fame came posthumously, after his death of a heart attack in 2004, a year before the release of the first book in the series, 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'.

News of the planned comic books comes two months after Swedish writer David Lagercrantz penned his own controversial sequel to the trilogy.

The Swede said last week that he was already planning another two sequels to his book.

While many Nordic Noir fans have celebrated the continuation of the series, some – including his longtime partner, Eva Gabrielsson – vehemently opposed Lagercrantz taking up the torch.