DC Comics has announced that they will be launching a new digital comic book title based on The CW’s upcoming Arrow series, due to arrive in October the same day as the series premiere. The new title appears to be taking some cues from Smallville, a TV show that wrapped up a successful 10 year run on The CW and then continued into its eleventh season as a digital comic book series.
The upcoming Arrow comic will be written by Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, both executive producers on the TV show, and will feature artwork from the talented Mike Grell with Sergio Sandoval and Jorge Jimenez picking up artistic duties down the line.
“We’ve been working like mad,” Guggenheim told the site about balancing work on the TV series and comic book. “It was a little while after the free comic we co-wrote with Geoff Johns for San Diego Comic-Con [when DC approached us]. We loved the idea because (a) we love comics and (b) we sensed the opportunity to do something that struck us both as unprecedented. We come up with a lot of stories in the writers room, but only have 42 minutes each week to tell them. That leaves a lot of story and backstory left over that we like having the opportunity to tell. To our knowledge, nothing’s ever been attempted on a scale like this before.”
“The first chapter is especially exciting — and not just because Mike Grell drew it. We took a moment directly from the second episode, then flashforward throughout the story to key moments from future episodes. So the first chapter is a great way to get a little preview of what we have up our sleeves on the show,” he adds. “For my part as a writer, I don’t think doing a comic tie-in is worthwhile unless it relates to the story being told in the movie or television series. That’s just my philosophy. I think if you don’t make the tie-in a literal one, then you’re just wasting a great and exciting opportunity.”
Both the Arrow TV show and digital comic book debuts on both on the CW and comiXology on October 10.