Arrow: The Dark Archer by John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman
Graphic Novel Information:
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: DC Comics
Publish Date: September 6, 2016
Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2mEXOSG
About the Graphic Novel:
He’s been known as Malcolm Merlyn, Arthur King, Ra’s al Ghul...but who is the Dark Archer, really?
Years ago, the man now known as Malcolm Merlyn was recruited by the secret sect known as The Hidden for a mission in the Hindu Kush mountains. Their task: to protect a mystical temple from the League of Assassins. But the mission didn’t go as planned—loyalties were questioned as ancient secrets were revealed.
Now present-day Merlyn has been captured by a figure from his past demanding answers, and Merlyn’s only hope for survival lies in the long-hidden story of his adventures as Arthur King!
Learn the full story of one of the most complex antiheroes of ARROW for the first time as John Barrowman, the actor who brings him to life on the hit TV series, and his sister, novelist Carole E. Barrowman (HOLLOW EARTH), reveal the secret past of the Green Arrow’s mysterious nemesis!
Arrow: The Dark Archer brings readers the man behind the.....villain (you thought I was going to say "mask," didn't you?!) or should it be the villain behind the man? Whichever way you spin it, John Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn is a complex guy. You don't even know how complex until you get comfy with a copy of this graphic novel by both John and Carole Barrowman.
Malcolm Merlyn is just one iteration of this character. He's been known by several names and one in the novel that is not familiar to me - Arthur King. In this adaption we learn who Arthur King is and how he became involved in a secret organization, crossing paths with supernatural creatures and with the League of Assassins. The history he reveals at the hands of his captors pulls pieces together, answers questions, and allows the reader to get to know the The Dark Archer.
Written in the same tone and with the same sass that John Barrowman portrays with Merlyn, you'll feel like you're in an Arrow spin-off. I found the entire graphic novel to be written well while providing much needed backstory for our beloved antihero. I have a love-hate relationship with Merlyn, and The Dark Archer doesn't improve that relationship..haha.
John and Carole Barrowman did a fantastic job writing Malcolm Merlyn's history, giving fans of the character more information about him. The artistry was also fantastic. Each panel is clearly drawn and the speech and though balloons are easily discernible from character to character. There is action, adventure, wit, and danger in this fast-paced look into The Dark Archer.
I purchased my review copy.