DC Comics has announced that "Arrow" star John Barrowman and his sister Carole will pen a new digital comic series titled "Arrow: The Dark Archer," which will take place between seasons 3 and 4 of the TV show (via TVInsider). With a team of artists led by Daniel Sampere, the series will also flash back to show Merlyn became the Dark Archer.
The story will be released bi-weekly over twelve chapters, with the first launching on Wednesday, January 13.
"Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, 'Arrow's' executive producers, got involved at that point to make sure our ideas would work within the series’ canon. We’ve kept it all in the family," John Barrowman shared.
"It's Malcolm’s backstory," he continued. "It opens between Seasons 3 and 4 of the TV show and then we flashback. Readers will learn about a younger Malcolm and how his past is… well, killing him."
"It’s set in places familiar to Arrow and DC fans like Corto Maltese and Nanda Parbat, but readers will see those places from quite different perspectives. Fans will also learn who Malcolm was before he met Rebecca, the love of his life," added Carole Barrowman.
"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," John Barrowman revealed. "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 first chapter of "Arrow: The Dark Archer" will be available on Wednesday, January 13 across a number of different digital platforms, including the DC Comics App, readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comixology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus.