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Green Arrow Annual #2

"Saving Face" - July 1989

The Cover of Green Arrow Annual #2 by Ed Hannigan and Dick Giordano
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Script: Denny O'Neil
Pencils: Ed Hannigan
Inks: Dick Giordano, Frank McLaughlin
Lettering: John Costanza
Colors: Julia Lacquement
Editor: Mike Gold
Cover: Ed Hannigan and Dick Giordano
Published by DC Comics

Green Arrow returns to Hub City as a man on a mission, after having hijacked one of Juarez's helicopter pilots to take him there. The pilot tells him about the cargo, a crate of industrial cleaning equipment. When they land, Arrow tells him he has a dozen yards before he fires his first shot. The pilot begs for his life, saying he's not a terrorist, he's a Vietnam vet scrounging for jobs. He tells Green Arrow what he knows -- that whatever's going to happen will happen at noon the next day -- and then leaves the copter, only to be riddle by machine gun bullets.

Arrow fires at the gunner instinctually and the car the assassin was in drives away dragging his body. Arrow chases, takes out the tire, and the driver, Juarez the terrorist, stops and surrenders. As Arrow draws back an arrow, it's shattered by the bullet of an airport "rent-a-cop," one of three whom Arrow calles the Three Stooges. Juarez gets away.

Green Arrow has trouble finding someone in Hub City who speaks his language: polysyllabic. He eventually meets up with Mayor Myra, and she advises him to see Tot Rodor. Arrow arrives to find Tot in his bathrobe and Judy looking for bath towels -- "You old dog," he says. Arrow procures some more of that special aftershave from Tot before receiving a phone call from Myra. Juarez struck at a high school basketball game -- 37 dead, many more "reduced to mindless shells."

In the meantime, Sage has found an old enemy in the jungle, the former criminal turned saint Hector Gomez. Sage can't get his mask off, and Gomez pulls a knife and offers to help. Gomez slices through the mouth of the mask, allowing the Question to eat. Sage says he thinks Twain may have been right when he said that taking away people's ability to think also takes away their suffering. Gomez disagrees, and shows Sage a hurt dog -- "he does not think in a human way, but he suffers."

Juarez sends a message to the people of Hub City via a weather report -- everyone indoors in the city at noon that day will suffer the same tragedy as those at the high school. Arrow puts two and two together and realizes that Juarez wants to bait the citizens to leave their homes as he flies the gas over in the helicopters.

He gets help from cop Izzy O'Toole and they rush to the airport to find the choppers. Caught in traffic, they get out of the car and run on foot -- Izzy considerably slower.

Arrow finds the helicopters and shoots Juarez in the hand, but soon finds himself in a standoff. He has an arrow pointed at Juarez's throat, but Juarez points an uzi at the gas canister. Arrow baits him into spraying the canister with bullets, protected by the aftershave. In the end, Izzy arrives late to find Juarez sitting on the ground sobbing. He's got a hole in his hand. And it hurts.

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Characters

  • Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
  • Dinah Lance / Black Canary
  • Vic Sage / The Question
  • Myra Connelly Fermin
  • Tot Rodor
  • Izzy O'Toole
  • Juarez

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