Dark Archer

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After making an impact with nerds at large as Doctor Who’s and Torchwood’s xeno-amorous time-traveling captain, Captain Jack (known to time-normies as John Barrowman) has taken on the mantle of Arrow’s nemesis, Dark Archer. For the non-die-hard Green Arrow fans out there, Dark Archer (AKA Malcom Merlyn) was Oliver Queen’s arch nemesis. Originally going by the stage name “Merlyn The Magician”, the trickster won his very first bout against Oliver Queen in Justice League Of America #94 in the olden days of November 1971. Since then, Malcom Merlyn has switched careers constantly, joining the League of Assassins, working as a soul-bound unpaid intern in service to the demon Nero, and competing in the Olympics with the Zandian National team.

This incarnation promises a brand new twist however, as according to a recent statement by John Barrowman, he is preparing to launch a series tie-in limited comic book series, titled Arrow: The Dark Archer (more…)

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After last week’s crossover with The Flash, Arrow might be more than a little amped up and energized, but in the face of the midseason finale the show had a lot of work to do to get back on track. A number of provocative pieces were laid out in the first couple of episodes of the season, and it all seemed to get buried under secret origins, crossovers, DC Comics Easter Egg hunting and turning Laurel Lance into the Black Canary. But what about Sara’s murder? Or the coming vengeance of Ra’s al Ghul? Or the fact that Quentin Lance is in the dark about his youngest daughter’s death? Or the game Malcolm Merlyn is playing, and how much Oliver’s sister Thea knows and/or is a part of it? Most importantly though is just what the heck does all this pointless meandering around Hong Kong have to do with anything?* (*Just kidding, it’s entirely pointless.) (more…)