The CW’s returning hit show Arrow and the upcoming The Flash might be based off of well-known comics, but the shows themselves are about to get digital comics of their own.
DC Comics announced that it is creating Arrow: Season 2.5 and The Flash: Season Zero to launch this Fall. In the new digital series, which will be written by the showrunners of Arrow and The Flash, the stories will fit into the timeline of the show, giving fans a glimpse at what happens when the show isn’t on the air. For Arrow fans, that means everything from “Olicity” action to meeting new characters.
First reported by TV Guide, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim will write the comic alongside fellow Arrow writer Keto Shimizu. “It will take us from the end of season two right up to the beginning of season three,” Guggenheim told TV Guide. “We’ve tried to put in all the elements that people like about the show, so there will be Oliver and Felicity banter. We’re going to see what’s happened to Detective Lance after he collapsed in the season finale. A good chunk of the burning questions left over will get answered in the tie-in comic.”
With art by Joe Bennett and inks by Jack Jadson, Arrow: Season 2.5 will also give readers a first look at some of the new characters joining the show in season three.
As for The Flash, showrunner Andrew Kreisberg will write the series with help from co-writers Brooke Eikmeier and Katherine Walczak and art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur. “Flash: Season Zero takes place between the pilot and episode two,” Kreisberg told TV Guide. “Barry will [already] be the Flash, he will have his team, everyone will be in that world, and we’ll introducing a new set of villains that we won’t be seeing on the TV show. It’ll feel like the same heart, humor and spectacle that you get watching Flash.”
Arrow: Season 2.5‘s first chapter will be released Monday, Sept. 1, followed by The Flash: Season Zero‘s first chapter on Monday, Sept. 8. Both series will be collected in print in October.
As for the shows, The Flash premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Arrow launches its third season on Wednesday, Oct. 8, both at 8 p.m. on The CW.