Fans of DC’s television show Arrow will be excited to hear about a new digital comic from DC, Arrow: The Dark Archer. The prequel comic will explore Barrowman’s Arrow character, Malcolm Merlyn, and his journey to to becoming a member of the League of Assassins.
Barrowman will be co-writing the series with his sister, Carole Barrowman. This isn’t the first writing project they’ve embarked on together; they’ve teamed up to write many stories about John’s Torchwood character, Captain Jack Harkness, including “Captain Jack and the Selkie” as well as collaborated on the YA novel “Hollow Earth” together.
It was John Barrowman himself who approached DC’s Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, with the idea for the comic, as he describes in an interview with MTV, “I sat [Geoff] down with another idea that I had, and I was like, ‘Look, I have this idea for this other comic, but I’m also interested and my sister and I want to do the backstory for Malcolm Merlyn because there doesn’t seem to be that much history, and I want to keep it all in the family.’ He was gobsmacked and also thrilled that we’d come to him.”
Like the show, the story in the comic will be depicted in both current events and flashbacks.
The 12 chapter storyline hit e-stands Wednesday, January 13 and will release every two weeks. It is available on the DC Comics app as well as other digital providers such as iBooks, the Kindle Store, and the Nook Store. It is anticipated that, as with many of DC’s other digital first titles, print issues and trade paperbacks will eventually hit comic stands.
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