JOHN BARROWMAN Writing ARROW: THE DARK ARCHER For DC

Arrow: The Dark Archer #1
Arrow: The Dark Archer #1
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Page from 'Arrow: The Dark Archer #1'
Page from 'Arrow: The Dark Archer #1'
Credit: DC Comics

Fans clamoring to know the secret history of Arrow's Dark Archer, Malcolm Merlyn, will soon get their wish via a 12 chapter digital-first series entitled Arrow: The Dark Archer. And Merlyn himself, John Barrowman, will write the series with his sister Carol, with art by Daniel Sampere.

"Arrow: The Dark Archer began with a pitch for an entirely different comic," Barrowman told TVInsider. "My sister and I are both comic fans and a couple of years ago we came across a description of a team of DC superheroes from the 1950s that have been lost to history. We came up with a story to update them into a contemporary series. I went to Geoff Johns, chief creative officer at DC Comics, and pitched the idea to his team. While we were chatting, I mentioned Carole and I would love to write Malcolm’s backstory too. Geoff knew Carole and I had written a number of things together...After we got the go ahead from Geoff, we researched what had already been written about Malcolm Merlyn."

Arrow: The Dark Archer #1
Arrow: The Dark Archer #1
Credit: DC Comics

Discovering that very little had been written about Merlyn, the Barrowmans decided to fill in the gaps. The pair teamed up with Arrow producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg to ensure that their version of Merlyn's history would fit into the canon of the hit show.

Arrow: The Dark Archer will visit locales from the show such as Corto Maltese and Nanda Parbat, and will introduce another secret identity from Merlyn's past into the mix.

Arrow: The Dark Archer #1 will be available digitally on the DC Comics digital app on January 13, and will be released bi-weekly after that.

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