Comic Review: Arrow: Dark Archer #2

DC fans will be happy with the research the Barrowmans did. They incorporated what little canon background there was for Merlyn from the comics into Arrow mythology.

Synopsis: Sealed in a room with no way out, Merlyn’s team discovers a clue about their attacker’s shadowy motive, and Malcolm reveals a dark secret!

Review: The story picked up where the first issue left off. There are several excellent points. First, DC fans will be happy with the research the Barrowmans did. They incorporated what little canon background there was for Merlyn from the comics into Arrow mythology. In addition, the siblings have done some lovely world-building, fleshing out the show’s version of the League of Assassins. Finally, the llama’s death in the previous installment was acknowledged in a couple of fitting ways, including a Star Wars reference. Unfortunately, the good is balanced by the questionable. By the end of the issue, I got a whiff of CW scented soap. I truly hope I’m wrong, and they’re not falling back on tired tropes…again.

Written by

Carole E. Barrowman

John Barrowman

Pencils by

Daniel Sampere

Inks by

Juan Albarran

Colors by

Kyle Ritter

9.7
Arrow: Dark Archer #2
  • Story, Art
  • Whiff of CW soap
  • Story
    9.0
  • Art
    10
  • Lettering
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.

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