My understanding of TV's Arrow comes largely from reading ComicsAlliance's weekly recaps. Because of that, I assumed that --- Flash and Legends of Tomorrow crossovers notwithstanding --- it wasn't the kind of show that really lent itself to battles against cybernetic spider monsters. Immortal assassins and hooded vigilantes, sure, but cyber-spiders? That's right out.

But now, I have been proven wrong. In the next chapter of the digital-first Arrow: The Dark Archer comic, Malcolm Merlyn is going to be facing off against a reasonably terrifying giant mutant spider. And in case you didn't know, it's a story co-written by Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman, the former Doctor Who star who plays Merlyn on the show, and illustrated by Daniel Sampere. Check out a preview below!



Admittedly, comics tend to lend themselves to stuff like cyberspiders a little more easily than television shows do, but this could open up a whole new world for DC's television shows. Imagine what would happen if everyone just started mentioning that they were fighting, I don't know, robotic mosquito drones just off panel? Or if the Merlyn appearing in comics actually started busting out boxing glove and boomerang arrows! We might be on the verge of some very exciting things here, folks.

Here's the official solicitation for the next issue, set for a digital-first release this week at Comixology:


Arrow: The Dark Archer Chapter 10

Written by Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman
Illustrated by Daniel Sampere

Lourdes comes face to face with Ra's al Ghul and his League of Assassins! Meanwhile, in the present day, Malcolm fights for his life against Saracon.