"They Say It'll Kill Me... But They Won't Say When": Green Arrow is enraged to discover that his ward Roy Harper is addicted to heroin, punching him, and throwing him out of his tenement. Even so, Oliver doubts his own self-righteousness, a


Quote1.png I'm sharing a very small piece of the pain I've just gone through these past few days. The kind of pain thousands of kids are going through every day because an uncaring and unthinking society turns its back on them. Drugs are a symptom... and you... like the rest of society... attack the symptom... not the disease! But this symptom is worse than most -- it maims... it pains... it dims you. It drives you to the edge of insanity and over... and one day ends your trip on a slab in the morgue... with a tag around your toe. Quote2.png
Speedy

Green Lantern (Volume 2) #86 is an issue of the series Green Lantern (Volume 2) with a cover date of October, 1971.

Synopsis for "They Say It'll Kill Me... But They Won't Say When"

Green Arrow is enraged to discover that his ward Roy Harper is addicted to heroin, punching him, and throwing him out of his tenement. Even so, Oliver doubts his own self-righteousness, and sets out to bring the dealers who ensnared his ward to justice. When both have left, two of the remaining junkies that had associated with Roy break into the tenement hoping to find him, but they are distracted when they find Roy's abandoned drug paraphernalia. They decide to get high, but soon one of them collapses - dead from an overdose. His companion runs away.

An hour later, Hal Jordan has suspicions about Speedy's explanation for why some youngsters turn to drugs and decides to investigate as Green Lantern. When he arrives at Oliver's house, he discovers the junkie's corpse. Green Lantern finds Roy hiding in an alley, and Roy admits his addiction. He refuses a doctor's help, and plans to go cold-turkey to spite Oliver. Lantern decides to take Roy to the home of Dinah Lance to deal with his problems.
Meanwhile, Green Arrow returns to the warehouse where the dealers were meeting with the junkies, searching for evidence. Despite a broken arm, he overpowers one of the dealers and gets the information he needs. He follows the lead to a boat, where he is soon attacked and subdued by a man named Saloman Hooper. Hooper's men knock Arrow off the pier while he is tied to an anchor, but he uses an acetylene trick arrow to free himself. Arrow and Lantern track Hooper to the Caribbean, where he visits his drug lab. They angrily attack and capture Hooper and his lab technician.

Later, Oliver, Hal, Dinah, and Roy attend the funeral of the junkie who overdosed in the tenement. Roy confronts his mentor, angrily blaming him for his recently kicked addiction, and storming off. Despite this, Oliver is visibly proud of his ward.

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  • Saloman Hooper (Single appearance)

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  • Drug Addicts
  • Angie (Single appearance)
  • Hiram (Single appearance)
  • Miranda (Single appearance)
  • Mrs. Soo (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Icicle Goes South"

This story is reprinted from All-American Comics #92.

The chapter opens on the notorious Icicle falling to his demise after his last encounter with Green Lantern, which we're then shown is a television reenactment of the heroic battle. Except it turns out "the Icicle" isn't an actor with a fake freeze ray prop but the real villain, alive after all, who freezes Alan Scott and flies him off to the South American republic of Perumbia. The Icicle has a deal to help a revolutionary general overthrow the government, and kidnapped Alan Scott to run a machine that will jam all broadcasts that evening when the general stages his coup so the government can't call for help. Scott's then unceremoniously shoved into a closet until the appointed hour.

Even though the charge on his ring is dying, Scott changes to Green Lantern and blasts out, turning the guards' guns into toys that shoot chocolate balls. Flying across the country he sees it starting to snow, something the Perumbians have never seen before. GL arrives at a volcano where the Icicle is standing on the rim and shooting clouds with his freeze ray to cause the snow. They battle and the Icicle wins by freezing a whole cloud and dropping it on GL.Icicle ties him up and leaves him inside the rim to await the upcoming eruption. With the charge on his ring worn off, the hero's death seems certain until Lorna Dawn, the secret agent GL met in his last battle with the Icicle, shows up with Doiby Dickles who brought the magic lantern with them.

Meanwhile the Icicle betrays the general and robs the Perumbian national treasury. He tries to escape while Green Lantern's saving the city below from the volcanic eruption, but GL catches the wings of his plane in giant green hands and knocks the villain unconscious. The coup's overthrown, and GL flies back to the States to turn the Icicle over to the law.

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  • Icicle
  • General Galazar (Single appearance)
    • his troops

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