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Arrow Annotations - "Vendetta"

Written by ThanosCopter on Thursday, December 06 2012 and posted in News with Benefits
Arrow Annotations -

A look at all the easter eggs found in last night's episode.

Wondering what easter eggs you missed in last night's episode of Arrow? Arrow Annotations is here to help, providing some additional notes and background info from last night’s episode. This week, we got a good look at some more names of the List, many of whom have ties to the comic books.  Arrow spoilers follow! 

Huntress’s crossbow – The crossbow used by Helena this episode has long been a staple of the character since she first appeared in 1977’s DC Super Stars #17.  Coincidentally, that issue also featured an updated origin story for Green Arrow.   

The crossbow has appeared in most of the Huntress’s television appearances, including the 1979 live action Legends of the Superheroes, which marked the character’s first appearance on television.

Laurel and Helena – Despite the rather frosty chemistry between Ollie’s two love interests, the two characters have a well-established friendship in the comic books.  Writer Gail Simone introduced the Huntress at the beginning of her Birds of Prey run in 2003 and established a long-running close friendship between the two heroines.

David Drayson – a name appearing on “The List”.  David Drayson is the Green Arrow villain known as Slingshot.    The character, a psychotic cop-killer, first appeared in World’s Finest #244 and utilized a sling in his crimes.

Hannibal Bates – another name on “The List”.  In the comics, Bates is known as Everyman, a villainous shapeshifter who was given his powers by Lex Luthor.  Hannibal switched places with Green Arrow during a mass supervillain attack on Green Arrow’s wedding to Black Canary in 2006.  During the wedding night, Bates attempted to kill Black Canary while impersonating Ollie (he suffered from impotency and would be unable to perform in bed), which forced Dinah to stab him in the neck.

The character survived the attack (and a subsequent autopsy by Batman and Dr. Mid-Nite) but lost his memory in the process.  Believing himself to be Ollie, Bates briefly took up the mantle “Dark Arrow” before recovering his memory.  He was killed by Cupid, a female vigilante obsessed with Ollie.

If I were a betting man, I'd guess that Hannibal might tie into next week's episode, which features a second archer posing as Ollie.

Palmer Cokes – another name on “The List”.  Palmer is a professional marksman who took on a hit against Ollie in the Green Arrow/Black Canary series. For reasons unknown, he shot Ollie’s son instead, nearly killing him.

Joseph Cray – another name on “The List”.  Cray is a corrupt senator in the comics who uses the Suicide Squad to get re-elected.  His son, Adam, briefly took up the mantle of the Atom during a stint on the Suicide Squad.

Isabel Rochev – another name on “The List”.  Rochev is a Russian industrialist who becomes the CEO of Queen Industries after Ollie is disgraced and forced to go on the run.  Rochev began as a slave working in a diamond mine before meeting Ollie’s father, Robert, whom she fell in love with.   Rochev became a primary antagonist during the fourth volume of Green Arrow.

Lester Buchinsky – another name on “The List”.  Buchinsky is the third person to take up the mantle of the Electrocutioner, a villain with electric powers. He crosses paths with Ollie after he plants a bomb in Star City under the orders of Prometheus during the abominable Justice League: Cry for Justice miniseries.  The bomb nearly wipes out the city and kills Green Arrow’s adopted granddaughter, Lian Harper.  Lian’s father, Roy Harper, later kills the villain in jail.

And here's one from last week:

Laurel's love of sushi - The Black Canary's love of sushi was established in Gail Simone's Birds of Prey run.

That's all I found this week.  Be sure to stop by next week for notes about the midseason finale!


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