DC Comics has provided several websites with advance solicitations from its March 2013 New 52 offerings. It has divided its solicits as per usual by their various “family” lines, e.g. Justice League, Edge, etc.
As part of their Justice League solicits that CBR was bequeathed, we get issue two of the new era of Green Arrow with issue #18 under the pen of Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino. As we have discussed in the past, it is very clear from the creative team comments and advance pics from the new run, that some of the elements of the TV ratings smash success for Arrow from CW will creep into the comic book.
Clearly, Jeff Lemire is a credible fan-friendly writer and I know he’ll be bringing a lot new to the comic; I can also see some of the teased similarities as swerves too, but half the fun is guessing what’s to come about a book that before its upcoming 2013 rebirth was not buzz worthy despite the best efforts of the past creative teams.
What caught my eye with the March 2013 solicitation was the appearance of a masked archer predominantly in black on the cover of GA numero 18. Well, why is that intriguing? Well, because we have a dark masked archer also debuting on CW Arrow this upcoming week (Wednesday December 12, 2012) in its mid-season finale titled “Year’s End”, Arrow Season 1, Episode 9.
I’ll delve further into this in a moment, but first the solicitation.
Komodo – the dark masked comic archer – is not a character I recall seeing in the DC Universe prior to the New 52. I am glad that Jeff Lemire is breathing fresh life in Green Arrow starting with enhancing his rogues gallery. Prior to Komodo, the dark archer in Oliver Queen / Green Arrow’s past was Merlyn. While that character has yet to tangle with Green Arrow in the New 52 comic – yet has appeared in Batman Inc. #4 being bested by Batman’s current Robin Damian Wayne – but the TV character of Tommy Merlyn is positioned as Oliver Queen’s best friend on CW’s Arrow. It should be noted in the classic DC comics, the dark archer Merlyn was Arthur King not Tommy Merlyn. However, eagle eyed readers would have seen a Tommy Merlyn debut in Green Arrow #0 who looks an awful lot like the pre-Flashpoint villain Merlyn.
With the CW’s tease of a dark archer “copycat” debuting in this week’s Episode 9 “Year’s End” TV offering, the internet lit up with speculation that Tommy would live up to his previous comic book legacy. I thought it would be too soon, despite his clear recent decline / descent and ominious foreshadowing, while others thought it was about time. We may discover the identity this upcoming week or perhaps the dark archer of CW’s Arrow could remain a mystery for the season?
While some thought Tommy Merlyn was the obvious choice for CW Arrow’s dark archer, others speculated it might be Oliver Queen’s mysterious island mentor. The ex-military Chinese vagabond who trained Oliver in archery and incredibly went toe-to-toe with the mercenary Deathstroke during Oliver’s early years on his 5-year island exile in CW’s Arrow.
Since the word Komodo is often associated with the Komodo Dragon, a lizard from the orient, and IF there is as any similarity to come between the DC Comics New 52 comic and the CW Arrow TV show, perhaps this island mentor theory just got a bit of boost. Particularly if you consider CW’s teaser summary of this week’s episode featuring the dark archer:
Well, Oliver’s island mentor must know of the book and its “Tempest” logo, right? He saw Oliver with it on the island, didn’t he? Hmmm. Maybe Tommy Merlyn isn’t the only plausible person to be under the CW Arrow dark archer’s mask? Maybe Oliver’s Chinese mentor makes the leap to comics? Or maybe, just maybe, there is no connection whatsoever and there are different people under both comic book and TV dark archer masks beyond Tommy and Oliver’s island mentor?
In any event, the future looks bright – errr, um, dark – for both CW Arrow and now with the Green Arrow New 52 comic book series.
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