Wondering what comic references you missed in last night's episode? Luckily Arrow Annotations is here to help, providing some additional notes and background info from last night’s episode. Arrow spoilers follow!
Bryan Q. Miller – This week’s episode was written by Bryan Q. Miller. Miller is the current writer of Smallville: Season 11, a comic book continuation of the long running TV series. Miller worked his way up from an unpaid intern on Smallville to the executive story editor. He got his start in comics after meeting Geoff Johns, and is best known for a 24 issue run on Batgirl featuring Stephanie Brown.
His Batgirl series, while low-selling, gained a sizable fan base on the Internet due to the character’s humorous and heartfelt interactions with the rest of the DCU. When Stephanie Brown was “benched” during DC’s reboot in 2011, fans led a failed bid to bring back the character by sending waffles to DC’s offices.
Veronica Sparks – A bit of a stretch, but the clubber hit by a car at the beginning of the episode shares her last name with two DC characters. The first, Jenny Sparks, was a Wildstorm character created by Warren Ellis. Jenny Sparks was the “Spirit of the 20th Century”, a personification of the 20th Century whose moods and temperaments matched the status of the world. The character made appearances in Stormwatch and The Authority before passing away on January 1, 2000 and has been referenced a couple times in DC’s new volume of Stormwatch.
The second character, Aubrey Sparks, is a minor villain known as Scorch. Created by Jeph Loeb, Scorch is a pyrotechnic doppelganger of a version of Supergirl created during the Emperor Joker storyline. Scorch has fought Superman multiple times and has recently shown signs of reform.
Dr. Webb – A character created just for the show, the villainous Dr. Webb is portrayed by Darren Dolynski. Dolynski has had bit roles in Smallville and Tron: Legacy.
Lyla Michaels – Lyla Michaels, who we mentioned in last week’s column, makes her first full appearance in the TV show. Check out last week’s column for a full writeup on Michaels, who’s better known as Harbinger in the comics.
A.R.G.U.S. - A.R.G.U.S. (Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans) is a recently created DC organization created to deal with superhero threats. A.R.G.U.S. first appeared in Justice League #7 as an offshoot to the US military that provides logistical and combat support to the Justice League. A.R.G.U.S. recently created the Justice League of America to act as a counterstrike force against the Justice League (if necessary). A.R.G.U.S. also operates The Black Room, the Circus, and the Red Room, all of which house various DC artifacts (or in the Circus’s case, actual DC characters).
In the Arrow universe, A.R.G.U.S. stands for Advanced Research Group United Support.
Mark Bunting– Mark Bunting is an assistant director on Arrow. His name appears in Tommy’s phone.
Todd Pittson– Todd Pittson is Arrow’s production manager. His name also appears in Tommy’s phone.
Eric Messner– Messner, the corrupt city councilman who Tommy bribed, could be a shout out to William Messner-Loebs, a comic book writer best known for his DC work in the 1990s. Messner-Loebs wrote an issue of Green Arrow in 2006, but is better known for his runs on The Flash and Wonder Woman.
Three arrows– Ollie shooting multiple arrows at once is a common trick in the comics. It’s also a terrible technique, since shooting multiple arrows at once cuts the force behind each arrow exponentially. At least all three arrows didn’t hit the bad guy, because that is basically impossible. Still, Ollie has nothing on Robin Hood’s shooting skills.
And here’s one I missed last week.
Loxley Station– Diggle mentions a Loxley subway station, referencing Robin Hood’s ancestral home.
See you in a few weeks for the next episode!