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A ghost from the Queen Family comes calling in the latest issue of Arrow Season 2.5 when Caleb Green, the son of a man laid off from Queen Consolidated years before whose fortunes quickly dropped from bad to worse, comes looking for revenge against the son of the man who ruined his life. Oh, and did I mention, he’s also completely out-of-control and super-charged on Mirakuru?

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The end of Arrow‘s Third Season ends poorly for its hero as his plan to take out Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) before he reaches Starling City to unleash the bioweapon fails. All that deception and careful planning, you think Oliver (Stephen Amell) would have a better end game than a fiery plane crash. Thankfully his back-up plan, which included having the Flash (Grant Gustin) on call to rescue Team Arrow from Nanda Parbat, fares much better and, despite the hurt feelings, Oliver and his team put aside their issues in an attempt to save their city on more time.

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On the behest of Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) who reveals Oliver (Stephen Amell) accepting the role of Ra’s al Ghul‘s (Matt Nable) heir is nothing more than a ruse, Laurel (Katie Cassidy), Diggle (David Ramsey), Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), and Ray (Brandon Routh) join Merlyn and Tatsu (Rila Fukushima) in Nanda Parbat, despite only half-believing his story, to put a stop to Ra’s plan to poison Starling City. There are a lot (you could easily argue too many) secret motives and hidden truths in “This is Your Sword” muddying up the episode more than necessary before revealing the “deaths” of Ollie’s friends and giving us Oliver’s marriage to a very unhappy Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law).

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After three weeks of training and brainwashing at the hands of the League of Assassins Ah Sah-Him (Stephen Amell) gets his first assignment from Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable). Ordered to return home to Starling City, Ollie’s mission is to find and neutralize the only rival to his ascension to becoming the next Ra’s al Ghul. Although it takes more than a little convincing, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) finally rallies the remnants of Team Arrow to protect Nyssa (Katrina Law) from the death sentence handed down from her father at the hands of his new protege.

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Finding Thea (Willa Holland) near death with no hope of recovery other than a dip in the Lazarus Pit, Oliver (Stephen Amell) leads his team back to Nanda Parbat where he chooses to trade his life for that of his sister. Teased a few episodes back, the full introduction of the Lazarus Pit opens the door the the mystical and magical side of the DCU which (other than Constantine) the TV universe has been slow to develop. Keeping with the comics, the Pit renews life but also introduces a temporary madness within those it saves (a madness which has become more permanent for Ra’s given the number of dips he’s taken over the years). “The Fallen” refuses to give us an exact age of Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), but based on various conversations it’s obvious he’s looking forward to retiring after leading the League of Assassins for a very long time.

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Against his wishes Oliver (Stephen Amell) is forced to watch as his Team Arrow teammates work together to help Roy (Colton Haynes) take the fall as the city’s vigilante. With Green Arrow in prison and Oliver still being targeted in random searches and sweeps by an obsessed Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and the Starling City Police Department our hero is forced to sit on the bench and allow Ray (Brandon Routh) to step-up when Starling City gets its first metahuman visitor in Deathbolt (Doug Jones).

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The current “Blood” storyline continues with Felicity captured by the new Brother Blood, and Green Arrow and Arsenal unable to find her, Oliver agrees to turn himself over to Blood in exchange for her safety. Not trusting the madman, Oliver keeps Arsenal in reserve with a back-up plan should things go wrong by sending his protege to A.R.G.U.S. for some unexpected back-up.

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Oliver Queen‘s (Stephen Amell) world crumbles as the murder of Starling City’s mayor and wounding of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) by arrows leads Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) to declare Green Arrow the city’s most wanted fugitive and rally the entire police force for the vigilante’s capture, dead or alive. Realizing Maseo (Karl Yune) is leading Ra’s al Ghul‘s (Matt Nable) army of Arrow killers, Oliver enlists the help of Nyssa (Katrina Law) to track down his old friend believing he can put a stop to the killing. He’s wrong, and when Oliver refuses to accept Ra’s offer again the Demon’s Head lets Lance in on the truth of just who he’s hunting making Oliver Queen, not just the Arrow, the focus of a citywide manhunt.

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Ra’s al Ghul‘s (Matt Nable) attempts to force Oliver (Stephen Amell) to accept his offer lead to more dead bodies with green arrows stuck out of their chests. Pledging to bring the vigilante to justice, Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) takes his new A.T.O.M. suit for a spin only to discover the true identity of the man under the hood. Despite a pair of confrontations, both in and out of costume, the heroes eventually come to an understanding although the episode’s closing scene suggests thing are going to get far worse for Oliver and his friends before the situation with the League of Assassins is resolved.

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Oliver (Stephen Amell) returns home to Starling City with Diggle (David Ramsey) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) to think long and hard about the offer from Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable). Receiving a frosty reception from Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne), who now knows the truth about Sara‘s death, watching Thea (Willa Holland) continue to struggle with what Malcolm has done to her, and learning about Felicity‘s (Emily Bett Rickards) romantic relationship with Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), combined with the self-doubt of whether or not he’s actually made a difference in the city, lead Oliver to seriously consider Ra’s offer to take his place as the new head of the League of Assassins.

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