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John Barrowman to Write Digital Series Based on His 'Arrow' Character

The man who plays Malcolm Merlyn will be writing a new digital first series.

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DC announced today in a press release that a new digital-first series is coming to the DC Comics app on Wednesday, January 13.

Actor John Barrowman, who plays Malcolm Merlyn on CW's Arrow, will join his sister, Carole Barrowman, for a story about Malcolm that takes place in between seasons three and four of the CW hit.

From CW’s Arrow, actor John Barrowman is adding a pen to his quiver, joining creative forces with his sister Carole Barrowman (HOLLOW EARTH) to deliver the origin story of the very character he plays on TV! As Malcolm Merlyn settles into his new role as Ra’s Al Ghul—the leader of The League of Assassins, the sins of his past have come back to haunt him.

ARROW: THE DARK ARCHER is set between the third and fourth seasons of the TV series, and also reveals what Malcolm was up to before he became the Dark Archer, the nemesis to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) early in the series.

ARROW: THE DARK ARCHER will be released digitally on Wednesday, January 13.

DC also revealed a page from the upcoming book featuring art from Daniel Sampere.

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sexy man in the cover

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Yep. Reading it

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Sounds interesting.

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Funny. I remember saying I hope they do something with this version of Merlyn in comic form. A little later than I'd hoped, but that's not really a bad thing. I look forward to seeing how this pans out.

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THe Flarrowverse is gonna become it's own thing, while the retro series like Batman 66 and Wonder WOman 77 haven't crossed over yet.

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Not interesting enough to me to buy especially knowing what direction I know they end up taking in the show with him.

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Pretty dang cool to see the actor writing his own character's origin story. Honestly, how many times has this happened before?

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I'm sure this will be just a canon as the rest of the arrow comics.

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I like Barrowman, it's cool to see actors who are already big comic book fans land comic book parts.

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Pretty dang cool to see the actor writing his own character's origin story. Honestly, how many times has this happened before?

If the Shazam film ever leaves development hell, the Rock will do it.

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I can see a spin-off TV series is happening.

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Awesome

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oooh what a handsome man

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Interesting.

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Looks great

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That's pretty cool

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Anyways I'll check this out but the arrow comics from what I have read aren't that good....Hopefully this is better.

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I will be picking this up can't wait to see how it pans out, CW fans unite! @nickzambuto

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I will be picking this up can't wait to see how it pans out, CW fans unite! @nickzambuto

omg this is terrific news. John Barrowman is such a talented and wonderful man, the hype is real!! gimme those feats baby!

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Anyways I'll check this out but the arrow comics from what I have read aren't that good....Hopefully this is better.

Actually I think that season 2.5 is fantastic. The first two volumes are just a collection of oneshots that take place randomly and don't really effect or add up to anything, they were originally digital only that sold for like a dollar or something. But season 2.5 was taken seriously as basically its own season. I don't know anything of Barrowman's writing credits, but he's so talented that I have high hopes.

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@nickzambuto: Well his sister is helping him (or maybe he is just helping her I don't know).