Black Bow (Artline Studio indie comics)


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

“He lives in the sewers, his name is whispered in the streets. He is Black-Bow !”


This character is from an obscure B&W early 1990s indie comic book. There was only one issue, AFAIK.

It seems to have been almost entirely forgotten. But always cares.


  • Real Name: Jack.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: (Unamed mother, she lives in Illinois), Wendy (girlfriend and mother of his child), (un-named child).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: St. Louis.
  • Height: 6’0” Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Eyes: light colored Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Black-Bow is tough as nails – a physical specimen made for action. He is competent at following leads, tracking down targets and using his weapon.

His bow appears in his hand – it is assembled from the atoms around him. The arrows appear to deliver killing shots but later dematerialize. The victim survives, but without memory of the attack, sick and feeling the pain of the kill.

Black-Bow has Olympic level acrobatic skills and a forceful demeanor. He will likely intimidate weaker opponents and mooks before finishing them with a kill shot.


Jack grew up somewhere in Illinois. It was a Monday, May 18th and he was on his way to his first professional job interview. He was excited and thought how proud Wendy would be. Maybe she would even start talking to him again. Suddenly a hand grabbed him from a storm drain and drug him below.

Blackbow draws his bow

When Jack came to he found himself chained. A prisoner to a demonic-looking alien. The creature was holding a black bow in his hands as if offering it to his captive. The sewer rats swarmed on him, biting him. Jack somehow knew that if he accepted the bow he would be safe. So he did. He opened his mind to it.

As soon as he touched the bow he felt his mind fill with images and his body filled with power. At that moment he became Black-Bow! Jack looked for the alien but it had vanished.

From that day forward he knew what he had to do. He would became a force for justice.

An unspecified time later…

Following leads, Black-Bow came to a heavily-guarded mansion. He sneaked inside. He already knew that his target, Atkins was involved in everything from drugs to kiddie porn. He’s even started his own Satanic Cult!

Blackbow exits the sewers

Black-Bow made it to the roof and gained entrance through a skylight. When a metal panel slid in place of the skylight and Black-Bow saw he was standing in a pentagram he knew he’d been set up. He had to flee from a creature called Slaze, that threatened to drag him back to Hell.

Later, after making his way back to the rooftop Black-Bow took down more guards before escaping the mansion. Black-Bow retreated to the sewers where he states he will need help to take this guy down.


Black-Bow wears a full black and white face mask with a red hood held in place by a skull-shaped clasp. He goes bare-chested with black pants and archery glove on his right hand.

He wears brown moccasins with red wrappings. Occasionally, Black-Bow will also wear a light jacket open in the front. Black-Bow wears a tube-quiver of arrows on his back.

Blackbow gets his bow


Black-Bow is a tough talking action guy from the 90’s. One-liners and a determination to seek vengeance are his calling card.

Oh yes, and he’s a rebel.

DC Universe History

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At the end of the first issue Black-Bow is looking for help to take down Atkins, so he could come looking for heroes to help him. A GM could flesh out Atkins’ mansion, Atkins himself, his mooks, and satanic guards and traps.


Black-Bow: “Now tell me the name of your supplier before I lose my temper.”
Man: “Atkins ! John Atkins !! He lives over on Richardson Avenue !”
Black-Bow: “Don’t lie boy !”
Man: “I’m not !! I’m not ! Please let me go ?”
Black-Bow: “Run along boy, you have to the count of five.”
(Man runs…1…2…3… oops. Black-Bow releases his arrow at three piercing the man’s heart seemingly killing him)
Black-Bow: “You disgust me.”

“My bow come unto me !”

“Justice must be served tonight.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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A 978 points Character

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Hero
Inf: 05 Aur: 03 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 16 HP: 025

Jumping: 01

Acrobatics*: 06, Charisma (Intimidation, Interrogation)*: 05, Detective (Legwork)*: 05, Occultist (Occult Knowledge): 04, Thief (Stealth)*: 06, Weaponry (Missile)*: 06

Bonuses and Limitations:
Acrobatics, Thief, and Weaponry are Powered Skills gained when he accepted the bow.

Area Knowledge (St. Louis and its sewers), Insta-Change.

None at this point.

Mistrust; Secret Identity.



  • Black Bow [BODY 04, Str: 06 (Range), Invulnerability: 15, Projectile Weapons: 03, Ammo: 04, Auto Ammo, Auto-fire, Self-Repairing, R#2, Cost: 224].
    Black-Bow may fire up to four arrows per round without penalty, represented by either the Auto Ammo advantage or the Auto-fire advantage. As an Automatic Action Black-Bow may allow his Bow to dissipate into nothing but the atoms around him and reform it at will back to his hand.
    If the Bow is broken or destroyed Black-Bow may spend an automatic action reforming it whole again. Mechanically, in this case, the Bow gets to roll it’s Invulnerability vs the damage done to it, usually restoring it completely. (Note: As the Bow is the source of his power it is unknown what would happen to him if the Bow were completely destroyed and could not return.)
  • QUIVER OF ARROWS [BODY 03, Mind Blast: 05, Illusion: 15, Ammo: 10, Self-Repairing, R#0, Cost: 383, Notes:
    • Illusion may only be used to produce arrows in Black-Bows quiver (-2 F.C.).
    • EV for the Illusion Arrows is 08 APs, not 15.
    • After 15 APs of time an arrow used and left behind will appear to disintegrate and all damage done is removed from the victim.
    • Mind Blast only takes affect after the arrow vanishes and only erases memories of Black-Bow from the target’s mind to an amount of time equal to the RAPs gained by Mind Blast.
    • The Physical damage done was very real to the victim and everyone witnessing the attack, possibly even Black-Bow himself, but vanishes completely even when the target appeared to die.
    • Illusion is Bashing damage only.

Design notes

It appears only one issue was ever published for this character, therefore some stats are speculative. I originally gave Black-Bow the Lightning Release Schtick but since his Bow doesn’t have the Ammo: 01 limitation he doesn’t need it.

It’s unclear whether Black-Bow has Insta-change or if his transformation was a permanent one.

By Ethan Roe.

Source of Character: Artline Studios 1991 Comic Book Black-Bow #1.

Helper(s): Weapons Locker – Bows in MEGS.

Writeup completed on the 23nd of November, 2010.