In the virtual pages of Arrow: Season 2.5, the digital-first story from DC Comics that officially bridges the story between last season and next, we’ve already seen quite a bit. Roy Harper is already operating in full costume, side-by-side with Oliver, meaning that when Season 3 picks up, he should have quite a bit of experience under his belt.
But much more importantly, we’ve seen the debut of new trick arrows. Always one of the more fanciful and oftentimes comedic parts of the Green Arrow mythos, his trick arrows are admittedly difficult to put across on a live-action TV show. First up in the first issue was an arrow with a large blunt end that grew out of it, which Felicity called the Boxing Glove Arrow - and Oliver shot down the name. There was also a simpler explosive-tipped arrow, and a grappling hook of some type. In this week’s second issue, Oliver shoots out a parachute arrow, which sure seems to be EP (and writer of the comic) Marc Guggenheim saying, “Yeah, we’ll do just about anything with this now that the can of worms is open.”
Well, according to Michael Ausiello’s “Ask Ausiello” spoiler column on TVline.com, that’s exactly what Guggenheim is saying.
”With a new season comes ‘new toys’ for Oliver to play with,” Ausiello reports directly from Guggenheim.
Guggenheim then adds directly, “In the season premiere, you’ll see a new kind of arrow. And in Episode 5 there’s another new kind of arrow we’ve never seen before. Season 3 is like a movie sequel, where he’s got new gadgets to play with!”
All this means that the Season 2.5 comic is more important than even intimated before its start. Other hints this week? Felicity is working at Kord Industries now (so despite the presence of Ray Palmer at the start of the season, we may still meet Ted Kord in this show soon, too). Also, there’s a new (presumably) Brother Blood, and he’s now leading a full-on cult, much closer to what has been shown in prior comics.
So yeah, we may actually live in a world where the boxing glove arrow becomes a thing people see in a live-action TV show.