DC has confirmed that it will be publishing a new Arrow comic line to accompany the upcoming CW series.
In a move that feels somewhat surreal, The CW and DC will work together once more on a comic book. As you may recall, they currently collaborate on publishing the continuing adventures of the Clark Kent from the (now finished) Smallville television serial.
The new, digital-only publication will follow the adventures of Oliver Queen as he is portrayed in the new CW serial Arrow.
This version of the character is loosely based on the DC character Green Arrow from the ongoing book of the same name.
However, Oliver from Arrow is a darker figure, and it seems almost as if DC and CW took the personality of Nolan's Batman and combined it with the story of Green Arrow.
They also removed all of the costumes and nicknames from the story. Meaning, while it still features many DC universe characters, the show has none of the super hero or villain names we actually know.
Showrunners Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg will write the new book, with art by Mike Grell, Sergio Sandoval, and Jorge Jimenez. As part of the collaboration, DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns plans on penning the seventh episode of the television show, which will introduce the alliance-challenged DC character, The Huntress.
"I'm thrilled to be writing this episode of Arrow," Johns said in a recent interview with The Source. "And while I can't give too much away, I think comic fans are going to like what we have in store for them - keep an eye out for the Huntress."
I'm cautiously looking forward to this show's premiere, but I'm not sure how I feel about the comic. It seems oddly circular. This character already has a comic book, and if the show inspires people to read some comics, wouldn't it be better if they find Green Arrow, instead of Arrow? Then again, I suppose it's better than changing the character in the existing book to match up with the show.
Here's the latest trailer for the show:
The first issue of the new book is slated to arrive on October 10, 2012, the same day as the Arrow series premieres on The CW, and will go live on a monthly basis thereafter.