Arrow: We're Back, Baby!

Welcome back, guys!

Hope everyone had a nice break. I’m trying to thaw out from the frigid Midwest cold and ice, but ready to bring this column to you.

I guess the best place to start would be with the obvious: Laurel!

Errr… fake Laurel, that is.

I sort of thought something was up when we saw her at the end of last episode. Part of me believed it could really be her, but another (bigger) part of me knew it had to be some kind of work.

Arrow: Isn't it Terrific?

Yes!

I’ve been waiting to write about this for a couple episodes, but didn’t want to until someone actually spoke the name Mr. Terrific. Thankfully, it finally happened in tonight’s episode.

I’m a big Mr. Terrific fan—partly for his involvement with the Justice Society of America (one of the coolest teams of all time), but more so as a man of high character and also for a personal reason that I’ll get to in a minute.

But first, I want to touch on something that happened in this episode…

What did you think about that ending with Wild Dog?

The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW: Ep 4.17 "Beacon of Hope"

There's magic in the air (quite literally) in Star City this season—and there are more secrets than just the source of that power to be found. That's why we're here to tease you with all the #DCTV Secrets hiding in each episode. If you really want to know some of the answers to these questions, check out the spoiler section... and get to the point.

The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW: Ep 4.14 "Code of Silence"

There's magic in the air (quite literally) in Star City this season—and there are more secrets than just the source of that power to be found. That's why we're here to tease you with all the #DCTV Secrets hiding in each episode. If you really want to know some of the answers to these questions, check out the spoiler section... and get to the point.

The #DCTV Secrets of ARROW: Ep 4.3 "Restoration" (NEW!)

We're Doubling Down on This Week's Secrets!

Central City needs to keep a better handle on their metahumans—and Team Arrow needs to keep their HQ under better security! The secret of the Arrow Cave (...wait? Do they call it the Arrow cave? They should!) may have been exposed, but here are the other #DCTV Secrets from this week's episode:

DC All Access - Ep 335 - Jim Lee Returns to Batman + Mr. Terrific Joins Arrow

We can describe today's new DC All Access in one word—terrific! Yes, Arrow's newest hero-to-be, Echo Kellum, drops by to discuss his role as Curtis Holt on the show, shedding some light on when we might be seeing him as Mr. Terrific and sharing some recent run-ins with a few surprising Arrow fans. Also, Darwyn Cooke and Gilbert Hernandez discuss The Twilight Children, we share a few highlights from Neil Gaiman's recent "DCAA Live" panel and take a look at Harley Quinn #22 and Batman: Europa #1, featuring Jim Lee's return to Batman!

Click here to enter this week's giveaway for a copy of Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus.

To watch the complete Neil Gaiman "DCAA Live" panel: http://www.vertigocomics.com/videos/the-sandman-neil-gaiman-in-conversation-with-junot-diaz

For more from The Twilight Children's Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke: http://www.vertigocomics.com/blog/2015/09/16/the-twilight-children-ten-questions-with-the-creators

Mister Terrific

Solving the world's problems isn't something you can tackle on a large scale. Some may even consider it impossible. But while you might not be able to solve the world's problems, you can solve the problems of the people—even if it's just one at a time. At least, that’s how Michael Holt sees it, and using his genius-level intellect, dedication and perfectionism, he plans on doing exactly that as the heroic Mr. Terrific.

Growing up in a poor family, Michael Holt strived toward excellence—academically, athletically and financially. His off-the-scales intelligence coupled with his hard work and determination led to him receiving  multiple PhDs in various fields, founding one of the world's leading tech firms and becoming an Olympic gold medalist to boot. However, his commitment and drive toward perfection left him aloof and closed off from everyone but his wife. When a tragic car accident took her life, Holt found a new goal: to follow in the footsteps of his humanitarian spouse and dedicate his life to helping others and not just himself.

He joined the Justice Society of America and used his vast financial and technological resources to create the T-Sphere to aid him in his quest. These flying robot spheres respond to Holt's vocal commands and serve a multitude of functions, from passive uses like holographic projection and communication to weaponized usage through explosives and electrical charges.

However, Mr. Terrific's true strength comes from his own personal drive to overcome any obstacle and solve any problem. Unfortunately, this determination can also sometimes lead to him shutting out the rest of the world and other people until the problem is solved. Yet despite this, Holt remains dedicated to keeping the vow he made to his late wife—to solve everyone's problems.

The New 52: Futures End: Four Characters You May Not Know

We’ve been talking about The New 52: Futures End a lot here lately, and for good reason. It’s an action heavy tale with serious implications for the entire DC Universe that’s utterly unlike anything else we’re publishing right now. We’re now four issues into the storyline, and each new chapter has only deepened the intrigue, offering up a mix of explosive sci-fi action, post-apocalyptic horror, far-reaching conspiracies, startling twists and revealing character moments.

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