DC Announces Digital Comics Based on The CW's 'Arrow,' 'The Flash'

Two new series debut in September, co-written by the shows' producers, introducing new characters and villains into the television mythologies.

Fans eager for more from the worlds of the CW’s Arrow and The Flash will get their wish this September, when DC Entertainment launches two new digital comic series written by the shows’ writers set firmly inside the continuity of each television series.

Arrow: Season 2.5, written by the show’s executive producer Marc Guggenheim with Keto Shimizu, is set between the second and third seasons of the show and will answer “a good chunk of the burning questions left over” from the show’s second season finale, Guggenheim told TV Guide.

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The limited-run series, which will tell one continuous story illustrated by Joe Bennett, will also introduce characters that will later appear in the show’s third season.

While Arrow: Season 2.5 has a season break to fill, The Flash: Season Zero has a shorter timespan to deal with—the period between the show’s pilot and its second episode. The series is written by Brooke Elkmeier, Katherine Walczak and the television series’ showrunner Andrew Kresiberg, who said that the digital comic will introduce “a new set of villains that we won’t be seeing on the TV show” who will be “a little more costume-y and a little bit more outlandish” than what viewers can expect from the television series. Art comes from Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur.

This isn't the only connection between the CW shows and DC's comic output; last week, it was announced that Kresiberg and fellow Arrow producer Ben Sokolowski would be taking over the ongoing Green Arrow comic book this October, with new artist Daniel Sampere.

Arrow: Season 2.5 will launch digitally via ComiXology, DC Comics’ own app and other platforms on September 1, with a print edition following October 8. The Flash: Season Zero debuts digitally September 8, and in print October 1.