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For the character this comic book series is based around, see Malcolm Merlyn.

Arrow: The Dark Archer is a comic book series set between the the third and fourth seasons of Arrow. The series consists of twelve chapters and were released digitally bi-weekly starting January 13, 2016 until June 15, 2016.[1] The story was collected and released in single print edition on August 31, 2016.[2]

The series is written by John and Carole E. Barrowman, his sister.[1]


Written by Barrowman and his sister Carole, Arrow: The Dark Archer, is set between the third and fourth seasons of the TV series, but also reveals what Malcolm was up to before he became the Dark Archer, the nemesis to Oliver Queen early in the series.[1]


Part One — The Fall of Malcolm Merlyn[]

  1. "Sacrifice(January 13, 2016)
  2. "Carnage(January 27, 2016)
  3. "Deception(February 10, 2016)

Part Two — The Rise of Arthur King[]

  1. "Confession(February 24, 2016)
  2. "Tempest(March 9, 2016)
  3. "Blessed(March 23, 2016)
  4. "Traitor(April 6, 2016)
  5. "Betrayal(April 20, 2016)

Part Three — Malcolm Merlyn Unbound[]

  1. "Sacrifice(May 4, 2016)
  2. "Vengeance(May 18, 2016)
  3. "Reckoning(June 1, 2016)
  4. "Justice(June 15, 2016)

Continuity errors[]

  • This comic is the canonical backstory of Malcolm Merlyn, but it contradicts the chronology of the series. The storyline chronicling Malcolm's past before he met his wife Rebecca is said to happen in 1985. However, this is impossible since Malcolm and Rebecca's son, Tommy, was born in February[3] 1985.[4] Furthermore, Lourdes was revealed to be Ra's al Ghul's former concubine and the mother of Nyssa al Ghul, who was born on May 10, 1985.[5]
    • However, in the case of Nyssa's date of birth, there are two possibilities for this:
      • If the conception of Saracon is assumed to have taken place at the very beginning of 1985, then after Lourdes was bitten by snow leopards in Ashkiri temple, the magic could've accelerated the development of her unborn child from a few months to a few days. After that, Ra's al Ghul could immediately impregnate Lourdes with their daughter Nyssa, who could've born prematurely in the fifth month of pregnancy and needed extensive treatment, perhaps from the Lazarus Pit. This is indirectly indicated by Lourdes' words that Nyssa was born a sickly infant.[6]
      • The passport Nyssa used upon arriving in Starling City for the first time could have been a fake.
  • At the beginning of the comic, Lourdes and Saracon's eyes were brown, but by the middle of the story, they were painted blue.