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Great news for Arrow fans! Simon Lacroix Aka "Komodo" will appear in Arrow season 3. Played by Matt Ward (Tron:Legacy, Charlie St.Cloud). Here's a bit of background info on the villain. Komodo was created by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino. He first appeared in Green Arrow New 52 #17. His origin below is straight from Comic Vine.

Simon Lacroix, the man who became Komodo, was born into a poor family, but became a high-ranking member of Queen Industries; he was even taught archery by Robert Queen, father of Oliver Queen. Lacroix was part of Queen's expedition to find the legendary "Green Arrow" - a mystical arrow belonging to the head of the Arrow Clan, said to bring its owner true enlightenment and even immortality. However, the Outsiders - the union of the seven "weapon clans"- appealed to Lacroix's greed and convinced him to kill Robert, leaving himself the only contender to become the new head of the Arrow Clan. He also kidnapped Emiko, the daughter of Robert and the Japanese archer Shado, and handed Shado to Count Vertigo of Vlatava, where she was imprisoned. Lacroix adopted the identity of the masked archer Komodo, and continued to work with the Outsiders through their front corporation, Stellmoor International.

  Matt Ward Komodo's been changed to African American
Matt Ward Komodo's been changed to African American

On Arrow Simon Lacroix is a deadly mercenary using the code name Komodo, who wreaks havoc in Starling City. He is proficient in hand to hand combat (Beating Green Arrow in the comics once), and he wields a bow. Komodo will first appear in episode 2 titled "Sara". Season three of Arrow is attempting to move away from the villain of the week setup, that was used in the first two seasons of the show, and connect its villains with the more major, serialized story of the season. Marc Guggenheim had this to say about Komodo to Entertainment Weekly.“Yes, he’s the villain-of-the-week for the second week of the show, but you’ll see that Team Arrow’s pursuit of him is part and parcel of a season-long story line,” “You’re going to know what happens to Komodo at the end of the episode, but it will be a little bit tied in better with the season-long mythology than villain-of-the-week episodes have done in the past.”

After doing a little research on episode 2 of Arrow, I found out TV Line had this to say about the episode's plot. “Season 3’s second episode will find Oliver hunting down a vicious killer and mercenary who is wanted for murder in seven countries and now is targeting victims who are associated with a specific company. So this basically confirms Komodo's Bio that you read earlier for the show.

Reading in detail, you can see a connection to the characters comic origin; and possibly a sub plot in Arrow second to Ra's Al Ghul main storyline (Which is what Marc Guggenheim talked about). In the comics Komodo is apart of the Outsiders, which is made up of seven clans. In Arrow Komodo is wanted in seven countries for murder. Could these clans all be set in separate countries? Also in the comics he's associated with the Outsiders front corporation Stellmoor International. In the episode's plot bio, Komodo is targeting victims associated with a specific company... Is it possible this company is Stellmoor International, and Komodo is fighting against the Outsiders for his own motives? It's worth noting, that in the comics Katana is apart of the Outsiders, so is Robert Queen and Oliver later joins. Komodo could also be targeting Queen Industries, in the comics it states that he became a high-ranking member of Queen Industries; and he was even taught archery by Robert Queen. Could Komodo's introduction give Katana a reason to leave Oliver's flashback's and appear in modern day? Was Robert Queen hiding something even more mysterious than his involvement in the destruction of the Glades? Or am I getting to far ahead of myself? All I know is I can't wait for Season 3!


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