Arrow puts his new mask to work in 12 pics from the midseason premiere

The holidays may be over, but Arrow is still on hiatus. The show won't return until Jan. 15, but when it does, there'll be something different about the hero. The last time we saw Oliver (Stephen Amell), he'd gotten an early Christmas gift from Barry Allen (Grant Gustin).

In the previous episode, Barry brought up something that's been bugging us since season one. What's up with Oliver's face paint? He claims that a mask would hinder his ability to shoot, but of course, Barry had a remedy for that. Before heading back home, he created a mask that could hide Oliver's identity without affecting his aim.

The CW's released 12 photos from the midseason premiere, titled "Blast Radius." They feature Arrow out in the field with his new eyewear. In one photo, he's face to face with Sebastian Blood, without the help of a carefully placed shadow.

Here's the episode synopsis:

ARROW HUNTS DOWN SHRAPNEL — Oliver must tackle a new threat to the city when bombs start to go off in Starling City. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) discovers the person setting them off is Mark Sheffner (guest star Sean Maher), a man who goes by the nickname Shrapnel. Arrow discovers Shrapnel’s next target is Sebastian Blood’s (guest star Kevin Alejandro) “Unity Rally” and tries to talk the alderman out of hosting it, but he refuses. Arrow sets off to stop the bombing, but Shrapnel tricks him and traps him in a bomb-laced antique store where he is unable to move without setting off the device. While Felicity helps Oliver, Diggle (David Ramsey) races to the plaza to find the bomb before it goes off. Meanwhile, Roy (Colton Haynes) continues to hide his new strength from Thea (Willa Holland) but, after she witnesses his super strength in action at the rally, she demands answers. Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) suspicions about Sebastian grow stronger once she learns that he grew up with Cyrus Gold, the man who killed Lance’s (Paul Blackthorne) partner. After Donner (guest Star Dylan Bruce) refuses to help her investigate, she turns to Arrow (Amell) for help.

(Green Arrow TV via CBM)

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