Did you watch last night's episode of Arrow? Are you wondering what connections the episode has with the comics? Do you like Easter eggs (and not just the brightly colored kind?) Arrow Annotations is here to help, providing some additional notes and background info from last night’s episode. Arrow spoilers follow!
Red Arrow - Roy's got himself a Red Arrow, which later becomes one of his codenames (along with Speedy and Arsenal).
China White - China White makes her first appearance this season. We previously covered China here. It's interesting to note that China White has now appeared more times on Arrow than she has in the comic books.
Sebastian Blood - Teen Titans fans might recognize Sebastian Blood as Brother Blood, a longtime foe of the teen heroes. In the comics, Blood leads the demonic Church of Blood cult, who worships the demon Trigon (the father of Teen Titan Raven). There have been nine generations of Brother Bloods dating back 800 hundred years, with each new Brother Blood killing their father to take the title
While early appearances of Brother Blood focused on eighth Brother Blood, his son took over the role during Geoff Johns' run on Teen Titans. That Brother Blood resurrected Raven (who had died after her soul had been corrupted by Trigon) and attacked the Titans several times, before being banished to Hell by Kid Eternity.
In the New 52, Brother Blood first appeared as a foe of the Ravagers (a short-lived group of teen heroes). While Blood is still a worshipper of Trigon, he also has a connection to the Red, a morphogenetic field that connects all animal life on the planet. It was recently revealed that Brother Blood was originally chosen as the Avatar of the Red, a title now held by Animal Man's daughter, Maxine. He is now trying to reclaim the title for himself by killing Maxine in the pages of Jeff Lemire's Animal Man.
Brother Blood was the main antagonist in season three of the cartoon series Teen Titans, where he was voiced by John DiMaggio (the voice of Futurama's Bender and Adventure Time's Jake the Dog). Kevin Alejandro, who plays Blood in Arrow, previously played a male witch on True Blood.
Channel 52 - Channel 52 makes another appearance on the show. Channel 52 is a two page comic appearing in the back of all of DC's comics that keeps readers informed about ongoing developments in various DC comics. Channel 52's cast includes Bethany Snow (who, as we mentioned last week, is a worshipper of Blood's cult), Calender Man, and Ambush Bug.
Emerald Archer - China White calls Ollie the Emerald Archer, one of Green Arrow's many nicknames. I believe this is the first time someone's referred to him by that name.
Bronze Tiger - The Bronze Tiger, China's new partner wielding the Wolverine claws, is a longtime hero/antihero in the DC Universe. Benjamin Turner is a longtime member of the Suicide Squad, and has fought both alongside and against DC's superheroes. Originally a peer of martial arts expert Richard Dragon, Turner is part of a US government task force to take down the League of Assassins. The League captures and brainwashes Turner, and give him a new identity as the Bronze Tiger. Eventually, Turner is rescued by the US government and becomes the second of command of the Suicide Squad.
In the New 52, Bronze Tiger is again a member of the League of Assassins, and helped train both Cheshire and Jason Todd. With Cheshire (who is a recurring romantic partner of Roy Harper), he attacks Todd, Harper and Starfire in Red Hood and the Outlaws.
Originally, the Bronze Tiger had no superpowers and relied totally on his martial art skills in battle. In the New 52, he has the appearance of an anthropomorphic tiger and has augmented strength, reflexes and claws to go along with his new tiger body.
Michael Jai White, who plays Bronze Tiger in Arrow, is no stranger to superheroes. He played the title character of the 1997 Spawn movie, the lead in Black Dynamite, and voiced Doomsday in the Justice League cartoon. He also played a mob boss in The Dark Knight, and plays Jax in the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth webseries.
Deadshot - Deadshot also gets a mention this episode. He first appeared in Lone Gunman last year. Deadshot and Bronze Tiger served alongside each other in the Suicide Squad. This will probably be a big deal later this season.
Lemire Avenue - The police respond to a vigilante sighting on Lemire Avenue. Jeff Lemire is the current writer of Green Arrow, and is writing Brother Blood in Animal Man.
Trick Arrows - The taser arrow and handcuff arrows both make appearances this week.
The Hozen - We first saw Thea's hozen way back in Honor Thy Father last year, and now we know where Ollie got it from.
Speculation time: As we mentioned this week, the current arc in the Green Arrow comic centers around an Arrow totem that grants a special sort of enlightenment. Considering that totem's holder (Simon Lacroix) already got a namedrop of sorts last episode and Jeff Lemire (the current writer of Green Arrow) getting a shoutout this episode, could we be seeing the beginning of this arc on Arrow?
And that's all I found this week. Next week, we'll talk a bit about Black Canary!