John Barrowman has inhabited some of our favorite TV characters, but when he’s not playing those characters on screen, he can often be found writing new chapters in their lives with his sister, Carole. Their latest? A comic shining a light on the elusive history of Arrow’s Dark Archer.
Out today in collected form after is digital debut earlier this year, The Dark Archer, set between Arrow’s third and fourth seasons, delves into the unrevealed backstory of Barrowman’s mysterious character on the show, Malcolm Merlyn—former Dark Archer and leader of the League of Assassins, and occasional ally to Oliver and friends. The series, with art by Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, and Kyle Ritter, follows Merlyn as he takes a break from leading the League of Shadows when a figure from his past strikes out at him, seeking vengeance and uncovering how he became the shadowy figure we meet in the first season of Arrow.