DC Comics’ Digital Firsts award us an in-depth look at one of the most fascinating figures from the hit television series Arrow. The secret life of Malcolm Merlyn is explored in the pages of Arrow: The Dark Archer. What makes the book even more interesting is the fact that the actor who portrays the character on the show is one of the writers of the title. John Barrowman partners with his sister, novelist Carole E. Barrowman, to bring the adventures of this complex character to the comics. Daniel Sampere (Green Arrow, Batgirl) provides pencils for issue #1.
In Arrow: The Dark Archer #1, Malcolm retreats from his duties as Ra's al Ghul to return to his secret research team in South America. When he arrives, he’s met by a figure from his past who's out for vengeance!
I can’t think of anyone better to bring Malcolm Merlyn to the world of comic books than the man who plays him onscreen. John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman perfectly capture the personality and charisma of the Dark Archer as we’ve come to know him on Arrow. He’s a man who is cautious in his narcissism as the seemingly immortal Ra’s al Ghul.
Artist Daniel Sampere helps readers immerse themselves in Arrow: The Dark Archer #1. His realizations of the key characters we encounter resemble their live-action counterparts almost to perfection. You truly believe you’re just delving into the world of Malcolm Merlyn in a different medium. A fine example of this is Sampere’s rendering of Nyssa, who really does mirror actress Katrina Law.
Issue #1 of Arrow: The Dark Archer is rated T for Teen. It contains violence, mild gore, and frightening and intense scenes. If you’re a regular viewer of the TV show, nothing you see here will surprise you.
As a long-time fan of the Arrow series, the character of Malcolm Merlyn has always been one that you knew had enough backstory to fill the pages of a rather thick novel or ongoing comic book. After four seasons of portraying him, John Barrowman proves he’s the right man for the job when it comes to filling in the missing details of his mysterious past. Partnered with an experienced writer like Carole E. Barrowman, we’re sure to get an entertainingly intricate tale that surprasses the high quality of Arrow: The Dark Archer #1.
Arrow: The Dark Archer #1 is available now in digital editions.