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!
Mark Scheffer- This week's antagonist is a redesigned version of Shrapnel. In the comics, Shrapnel is a supervillain whose body is made up of thousands of pieces of scrap metal. Scheffer is able to control each piece of metal, giving him the ability to shoot them at opponents at will. While Scheffer's origin story was never revealed, Shrapnel first came into conflict with the Doom Patrol after a hitjob gone bad, and it's since been revealed that he has two human daughters and an ex-wife. Shrapnel has been a member of the Suicide Squad and the Secret Society of Supervillains at various times in his career. Shrapnel was created by Paul Kupperberg and Erik Larsen.
Scheffer is played by Sean Maher, best known as Firefly's Simon Tam, the brother of Summer Glau's character, River. He also made appearances on Human Target and Warehouse 13, and played Don Juan in Joss Whedon's Much Ado about Nothing.
Roy's arm - Roy's right arm gets a nasty cut this episode. In the comics, Roy loses that arm during an attack on the Justice League by Prometheus.
"I don't bite, I promise." - Blood reassures Laurel that he doesn't bite when she questions his past. In the comics, the ninth Brother Blood often bit his opponents to consume their blood, which gave him super strength.
Saint Walker's Hospital - Laurel discovers an invoice from Saint Walker's Hospital. In the comics, Saint Walker is the founding member of the Blue Lantern Corps, a Lantern corps created to assist the Green Lantern Corps in a prophesized War of Light. Walker was an alien chosen by the Blue Lantern Corps for his ability to instill hope in others, and assisted Hal Jordan and other Green Latnerns several times. Recently, Walker joined Kyle Rayner's New Guardians team, and was the sole survivor of a devestating attack on the Blue Lantern Corps' homeworld.
Walker was a key supporting character in Green Lantern: The Animated Series, where he assisted Hal Jordan and the other Green Lanterns in staving off an attack from the villanous Red Lanterns. In the cartoon, he was voiced by Phil Morris, who also played the Martian Manhunter in Smallville.
Maya Resik - Laurel discovers that Sebastian Blood is paying for Maya Resik's stay at Saint Walker's Hospital. In the comics, Anna Resik is Brother Blood's mother, and went by the name Mother Mayhem as a member of the Cult of Blood. When Resik learned that Blood's father (whom you'll recall was also named Brother Blood) planned to kill her, she and her son fled to Qurac, a fictional Middle Eastern nation. Blood still managed to have her killed, which led to the younger Blood killing him in revenge.
DC-52 - In case you've missed the dozen other times he's said it this season, Officer Lance's callsign is DC-52, an obvious reference to the comics publisher and its New 52 initiative.
Pemberton Street - Ollie catches up to Shrapnel at Pemberton Street. In the comics, Slyvester Pemberton was the superhero known as the Star-Spangled Kid, and later Skyman.
The Movement - Felicity is able to track down Scheffer's identity by monitoring his activity on an anti-government site called The Movement. The Movement is a current comic published by DC which features a group of superpowered team activists fighting against corruption in Coral City. The Movement is written by Gail Simone.
Sebastian is the devil - Sebastian's mother reveals that he killed his father as a child. As we've mentioned before, the title of Brother Blood is earned by an act of patricide. Every Brother Blood has killed their father to take the title from them.
And that's it for this week. Thanks for reading!