John Barrowman is writing his own Arrow spin-off comic based on The Dark Archer

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Jan 6, 2016, 6:24 PM EST

Most actors would kill for just one iconic role, but John Barrowman has followed up his tenure as Captain Jack on Torchwood and Doctor Who as one of the greatest frenemies in TV history as Malcolm Merlyn on Arrow. Now we’re going to get the backstory we never knew we wanted.

Barrowman and his sister Carole are preparing to launch a new DC Comics series dubbed Arrow: The Dark Archer, which will explore the mysterious past of Merlyn to show how he became the man he is today. The series is technically set between Seasons 3 and 4 of Arrow, though it will also jump into some flashbacks that show the character’s evolution before the events of Arrow.

Here’s what Barrowman told TV Insider about the project:

“Arrow: The Dark Archer began with a pitch for an entirely different comic. 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…

I’ve had a backstory in my head for Malcolm from the beginning and a lot of it has made its way into our comic and onto the screen. I think it’s always been my job to help the audience relate to Malcolm in some way despite his questionable morals and evil ways.”

The comic was conceived as a 12-chapter story, with each issue being released digitally on a bi-weekly schedule. But if you’d rather read it all at once, the entire story will eventually be compiled as a print edition.


(Via TV Insider)