Are you a fan of John Barrowman and his writing?
Are you a fan of the character of Malcolm Merlyn?
Do you like comic books?
If you answer yes to any (or all) of these questions, then you’ll definitely like the news we have for you. As we learned from Newsarama, we will soon learn the history from one of Arrow’s most infamous villains. Fans of the series have been anxiously awaiting to hear about the secret history of Arrow’s Malcolm Merlyn (otherwise known as the Dark Archer), and soon the wait will be over. John Barrowman (who plays Malcolm Merlyn), along with his sister Carole Barrowman have been chosen to be the ones behind digital series Arrow: The Dark Archer. Daniel Sampere will do the art and it will be a 12-chapter digital series.
In an interview with TV Insider, John Barrowman talked about this new opportunity, “Arrow: The Dark Archer began with a pitch for an entirely different comic,” Barrowman explained, “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.”
Apparently there had been very little written about Merlyn and his history so the Barrowman’s decided to fill in the missing gaps. They teamed up with Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, Arrow’s producers, to make sure their version of Merlyn still fit within the canon of the show. Arrow: The Dark Archer will include on places like Corto Maltese and Nanda Parbat, along with a few new locations.
It will be released on January 13, on the DC Comics App and will be released bi-weekly after that.
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