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"...and through him, save a world...": This story is reprinted from Green Lantern (Volume 2) #89.


Quote1 Okay! Save the plea! I'll Go! I'll trot into the mess we call civilization-- The Stink... The Foulness! Little Robin Hood Me... Into the fray once again! But don't expect me to smile! Quote2
-- Oliver Queen



Appearing in "...and through him, save a world..."

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Synopsis for "...and through him, save a world..."

This story is reprinted from Green Lantern (Volume 2) #89.

Oliver Queen is amused by a newspaper story about an eco-activist called Isaac, who uses the pretense of a house-painter to paint a Ferris Aircraft office with a combination of industrial waste and sewer refuse.Green Lantern, however, has misgivings about Isaac's methods. Still, GL offers Oliver a ride to Isaac's base of operations, considering that he has to bring Carol Ferris to the same place, to deal with the vandalism. Ollie accepts, wanting to practice his archery after recovering from an arrow wound he incurred weeks earlier.

When Ollie begins practising his archery, a security guard sics an attack dog on him. After incapacitating both the dog and the guard, Oliver reveals that he is a guest of Carol Ferris', forcing the guard to apologise. The apology seems suspicious to Oliver, but soon after the guard has left, Isaac appears.

While visiting the Ferris Aircraft complex, Carol reveals that her company has been developing a cheaper fuel in order to save themselves from bankruptcy. Green Lantern has doubts about the environmental impact of this fuel, but suddenly, a drainage rig collapses, nearly crushing Carol if not for GL's quick ring-slinging. Carol is grateful, but further investigation reveals that it was no accident. He sets off in search of Green Arrow, to help in the detective work.

Meanwhile, Isaac dresses Oliver's shoulder wound, and reveals that he had previously been a scientist but soon found that he would die as a result of inhaling too much polluted air, prompting him to take a stand. Oliver agrees to join Isaac in his fight, but Green Lantern arrives, warning that there is more to Isaac than there seems. Isaac admits to tampering with the machines, but confesses that he was unaware that there might be consequences to humans. While Green Lantern attempts to apprehend Isaac, Green Arrow intervenes leading to an altercation. Green Arrow fires a sleeping-gas arrow, which - while subduing Green Lantern - enrages Isaac, who claims that the gas is a form of pollutant.

Soon, the guard from earlier returns with two friends, and they attack and capture both Green Lantern and Green Arrow. The guards drag them back to the Ferris test-site, where they discover that Isaac has crucified himself in front of a test-plane, locking testing. Rather than simply cutting him down and arresting him, the Ferris employees decide to teach him a lesson by leaving him there for days. Oliver escapes his bonds and calls on the Ferris employees to abandon their project, and find a compromise. However, Isaac refuses to compromise. The Ferris foreman washes his hands of the matter, and both heroes are strung up beside Isaac.

Later, Isaac confesses that he will likely die of his disease by morning. Unfortunately, Green Lantern's ring has been taken, so Oliver uses his bowman's strength to break the chains on his wrist. However, even as Oliver has freed himself, Isaac succumbs to his illness and dies. Carol arrives, explaining that one of her security force had been drunk and stolen the Green Lantern Ring. When the foreman says that Isaac was crazy, Green Lantern is filled with rage, and uses his ring to destroy a nine million dollar aircraft. He quips "Send me a bill!"

Appearing in "The Killing of an Archer"

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Synopsis for "The Killing of an Archer"

This story is reprinted from The Flash #217.

While tracking a thug in Star City, Green Arrow is ambushed and outnumbered. With an arm that has been injured several times in recent months, his archery isn't as accurate as it should be, but he risks firing an arrow to disarm a sniper. He is horrified when his bad arm causes him to miss his shot and kill the sniper.

In Coast City, Green Lantern returns home and begins searching for a new job when he receives a call from Dinah Lance who wants him to check on Oliver. Hal flies over to Oliver's tenement, arriving before anyone else. He finds Oliver's arrows broken and his costume shredded. Outside, he hears three thugs attacking an old man. Green Lantern apprehends them, but, as it turns out, they had planted a bomb in Oliver's cellar as revenge and it soon explodes, leaving the question open as to Oliver's fate.

Appearing in "Green Arrow is Dead!"

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Synopsis for "Green Arrow is Dead!"

This story is reprinted from The Flash #218.

A bomb has just exploded in Oliver Queen's tenement, set by thugs as revenge for his accidental killing of their comrade. Green Lantern attempts to keep the building standing until the fire department arrives, and fins himself exhausted when they do. Black Canary arrives, wondering if he has seen Oliver, and they decide to split up in order to look for him.

However, Oliver is elsewhere, in the Arrowplane, flying over the mountains. Struggling with his emotions, he decides to stage the plane's crash, thus killing the last remaining elements of the Green Arrow besides his own person. With that done, he heads to a nearby Ashram and asks for help to forgive himself.

While Green Lantern turns up nothing, Black Canary uncovers a cult led by the sister of a man named Joshua who, months ago, had hypnotized the Canary into joining a racist lynch-mob. She is captured, but when they try to drop her from the top of a roof, Green Lantern arrives just in time to save her.

Appearing in "The Fate of an Archer"

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Synopsis for "The Fate of an Archer"

This story is reprinted from The Flash #219.

It's been two months since Oliver Queen went missing, and Black Canary is using a payphone when suddenly, a car smashes through it, hitting her. Green Lantern arrives on the scene, but the on-scene doctor notes that Dinah's rare blood type will make it difficult to save her. Fortunately, Hal knows that she shares the blood type with Oliver.

Green Lantern investigates the wreckage of the Arrowplane, but finds a scavenger there. The scavenger is apprehended, but he swears revenge to himself. Afterwards, Green Lantern discovers the Ashram, where Oliver is arguing with his mentor over the validity of Zen Archery. Without ceremony, Hal explains Dinah's predicament. Oliver is visibly shaken, and begrudgingly agrees to return to civilization, without argument. Before he leaves, Oliver's mentor leaves him a parting gift of a bow — a bow which he asks Oliver to destroy once he has passed beyond it.

As they are leaving, though, they are attacked by Rink Willard, the scavenger, who entraps Green Lantern in a yellow pool of goo, and ties Oliver to a tree. Fortunately, Oliver manages to free himself using a sharp arrowhead against his ropes, and soon fires an arrow that incapacitates, but does not kill his assailant. Within an hour, Green Lantern is saved, and Oliver is giving Dinah the blood transfusion she needs to survive.

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Trivia

  • The original cover art, appearing on the cover of Green Lantern (Volume 2) #89 featured a dark-haired Isaac, rather than the blonde one, who appears on the cover of this reprint.
  • Much of the imagery in the first story, and some of the dialogue mirrors the biblical crucifixion story.
  • Although Black Canary recognizes the sister of Joshua in "Green Arrow is Dead!", Sister Joshua — as the character is referred to — did not actually appear in "A Kind of Loving, A Way of Death" back in Green Lantern/Green Arrow #2.



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