The Longbow Hunters is the name of a supervillain group appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. They are depicted as enemies of Green Arrow. The Longbow Hunters first appeared in Green Arrow Vol. 5 #31 and were created by Jeff Lemire.
|First appearance||Green Arrow Vol. 5 #31 (July 2014)|
|Created by||Jeff Lemire|
Fictional team historyEdit
The Longbow Hunters first appeared where they surround John Diggle following an ambush where they were assisted by Clock King who double-crossed Diggle. Richard Dragon has Brick, Count Vertigo, Killer Moth, and Red Dart surround John and states that he is going to bring Green Arrow to them.
When Green Arrow returned to Seattle after his mission of chasing Komodo and Shado, he learns from Henry Fyff and Naomi Singh that Richard Dragon took over the city. Just then, Green Arrow detects that they were followed and protects them from an explosion caused by Red Dart. As Richard Dragon recaps his history of his father Ricardo Diaz being killed by John Diggle, Green Arrow is then attacked by Brick. When Green Arrow claims that Richard Dragon has enlisted D-list supervillains, Killer Moth joins the fight and states that he is a C-list supervillain. As Brick, Killer Moth, and Red Dart beat Green Arrow senseless, he witnesses a group of arrows falling from the sky that was launched by his half-sister Emiko Queen who is in a Green Arrow costume.
Emiko has joined the fight against the Longbow Hunters as Green Arrow's "apprentice" much to the objection of Green Arrow. As Brick is nearly beaten to death by Green Arrow for harming Emiko, Killer Moth points a weapon at him which Green Arrow counters with a tornado arrow. Red Dart returns to the battle to take Emiko hostage only to be thumped in the back of her head by Naomi. Killer Moth then gives up Richard Dragon's location as Green Arrow insists that his friends look after Emiko. After Green Arrow left, Clock King appeared and revealed to the group that Richard Dragon double-crossed him and killed his men with him only following orders so that he would have the heads of Henry and Naomi. In addition, Clock King states that Richard Dragon wants to also hurt Green Arrow outside of killing him.
As Clock King is taken down by Emiko, Killer Moth appears to finish the job. While Green Arrow and John Diggle fight Richard Dragon, Count Vertigo is instructed to deter the police. Naomi defeats Killer Moth with charged darts. Tearing a stray arrow from through the palm of his hand, Diggle tosses it to Oliver, who then uses its razor tip to slice through Dragon's femoral artery. After noticing the chaos caused by Count Vertigo, Green Arrow and Diggle focus on helping the innocent lives that were injured.
In other mediaEdit
The Longbow Hunters appear in the seventh season of Arrow. Made up of Red Dart (portrayed by Holly Elissa), Kodiak (portrayed by Michael Jonsson), and Silencer (portrayed by Miranda Edwards), the Longbow Hunters are a group of assassins whose reputation caused even the League of Assassins to fear them. After being thought dead since the 1950s, the Longbow Hunters are hired by Ricardo Diaz, through a Ninth Circle financier named Dante, to serve his criminal empire. When Diaz is captured by Team Arrow and Emiko Queen, the Longbow Hunters escape. In the episode "Lost Canary", Oliver Queen and John Diggle capture Kodiak, who reveals that Dante hired him to kill Emiko's mother Kazumi Adachi before the events of the season. Oliver reveals this to Emiko in the episode "Spartan", which leads to her avenging her mother's death by killing Dante.
- Green Arrow Vol. 5 #31. DC Comics.
- Green Arrow Vol. 5 #32. DC Comics.
- Green Arrow Vol. 5. #33. DC Comics.
- Green Arrow Vol. 5 #34. DC Comics.
- "Arrow casts Longbow Hunters, announces returning villains for season 7". Entertainment Weekly. July 21, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
- Longbow Hunters at DC Database