Thursday, March 20, 2008

Dossier:: Merlyn

Alias: Merlyn

Real Name: Arthur King (groan)

First Appearance: Justice League of America #94

Modus Operandi: Master Archer, Assassin for Hire

Powers/Equipment: Trick Arrows, jetpack hidden in quiver, archer on par with Green Arrow and family.

Backstory: Merlyn first appeared when he challenged and defeated the entire Justice League (off panel, don't ask) in an attempt to fulfill a contract taken out on Batman's life. He was narrowly defeated when the killing arrow was deflected by fellow archer Green Arrow. Shamed by his defeat and unable to return the the League of Assassins, Merlyn became a freelancer.

He did join up with the occasional villain group, including Queen Bee's gang and the mysterious "100," but kept a fairly low profile until the events of Identity Crisis. He was one of the first to realize what Sue Dibney's death would do to the super-villain community, but managed to wiggle out of any consequences due to a connection to Amanda Waller and her government sponsored Suicide Squad.

Merlyn most recently appeared in the pages of Green Arrow vol. 3, just before the "One Year Later" event. As he and Green Arrow battled, Dr. Light set off the explosives they'd both hidden previously. The resulting blast destroyed much of Star City and left Oliver Queen in critical condition. Queen survived his injuries, but as of yet the two have not had a final showdown to settle the score.

3 comments:

BentonGrey said...

See, Merlyn is one of the great tragedies of the Green Arrow mythos. Not because of his story, mind you, but because of the writers' failure to utilize him. Merlyn is the PERFECT villain for GA, and he should be a major recurring foe. Instead, Ollie has fought him only a few times. The guy should be the Swordsmen to Ollie's Hawkeye, you know? He should be a dark reflection.

Adama said...

Oh, I totally agree, I really like Merlyn and he's the perfect foil for Green Arrow, but he's rarely used in any context, let alone in GA's own books. Oh well! At least he got a few shots in JLU!

BentonGrey said...

Yeah, and his only action scenes in JLU were pretty awesome and all. Still, superheroes need supervillains, and poor Ollie has definitely been neglected on that front. That's one of the major problems with the GA/GL line, it contantly put these two guys up against "man-with-wrench" and worse, they would LOSE.