The CW kicks off its Comic-Con International promotion for "Arrow" this week with an exclusive TV Guide-produced 10-page preview comic to be given away in the halls of the San Diego Convention Center.
The comic, which boasts a cover by an artist long associated with the show's DC Comics counterpart Green Arrow, Mike Grell, features a story by show writers Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim with art by Oliver Francia. Its story is designed to introduce viewers to the television version of Oliver Queen, along with Detective Hilton, a character Kreisberg created for the comics during his brief pre-New 52 run on the comic book. "The Oliver Queen that we're doing a show about is a little bit more tortured, a little darker and lives more in the real world," Kresiberg told TV Guide. "To us those 10 pages are canon and [for] anyone who grabs a copy: Hold onto it and as the series progresses, you'll appreciate it more and more."
Developed by "Green Lantern" screenwriters Berlanti and Guggenheim and "Fringe" co-executive producer Kreisberg, "Arrow" centers on Oliver Queen, a wealthy young bad boy who, after spending five years shipwrecked on an island, returns to Starling City with a mastery of the bow and a determination to make a difference.
The series stars Stephen Amell ("Hung") as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn, Katie Cassidy ("Supernatural," "Melrose Place") as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey ("Dexter," "Blue Bloods") as John Diggle, Willa Holland ("The O.C.") as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Kings") as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne ("The Dresden Files," "24") as Detective Quentin Lance.
"Arrow" will air Wednesdays this fall at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.