When last we left Gayland, the Red Devils, having rendered our brave bowmen unconscious, load them into the human-cannon as human cannonballs to launch them at... well, see for yourself.
|Don't THOSE sound like fun attractions.|
So. Star City has an amusement park named Gayland. Which features a "House of Swords" topped with upraised spikes with an adjacent crocodile pen. Star City must have an unusually large Cenobite population is all I can figure.
|"Gayland: We Have Such Sights To Show You!"|
Jeez, and I thought Star Citizens were just stupid; apparently they are freaky as heck. Which reminds me, Ollie is fulfilling his greatest fantasy:
|BACK to his senses...?!|
being shot like an arrow.
For most heroes, suddenly waking up to find yourself being fired from a cannon would be disorienting. But Green Arrow is promethean in his foresight: "Surely, at some point I'll be knocked unconscious and hurled into the sky simply as the natural result of my own incompetence and foolhardy bravado, so I'm going to practice that by putting a CATAPULT in my car and shooting myself into oblivion as often as logistically possible."
Sure enough, Ollie's mithridatean preparations have paid off so that he can not only calmly consider his circumstances with wonder, but take a moment to appreciate his surroundings (because, after all, he does this every day):
|"If only I had my camera-arrow!"|
Yes: "wow", indeed, Ollie. In Golden Age tradition, Ollies uses one danger to defeat another:
|Well, THAT'S convenient.|
BTW, extra points to any commenter who can explain what on earth a "House of Swords" is and what OTHER purpose it might serve at Gayland than allowing Ollie at this very moment to free his hands so that he can do this:
|Pretty sure Speedy is sleeping through all this.|
|The really impressive part is that he managed to get ALL the arrows to land at a 90 degree angle.|
Having escaped The Death Trap, genre-savvy Ollie knows it's time to start wrapping things up. He and the Nervy Kid quickly find and capture the Red Devils who had previously proven insuperable:
|"Say it ain't so, Circus Joe!"|
Yes; "wow", indeed, Circus Joe. Anyway, Ollie decides to impersonate one of the Red Devils (since it worked so well last time).
|"You sound MUCH taller than Circus Joe."|
Naturally, one of the supposed potential Victims was the mastermind, because, well, it's a Golden Age story and that's always what happens.
|Star City has several outlets that sell matching fedora/briefcase sets.|
In the end, it turns out to be a Scooby-Doo real estate plot (which is why we started this series with Scooby-Doo's crossover with Green Arrow, ha hah!).
|Officer Right looks askance at his partner's brown-nosing me-tooism. |
"Really, Lefty? Why don't you say "AND HOW!" to top it all off?"
And finally, as always, Ollie and his roommate add an item to their Armoire of Trophies.
TOMORROW: Red Devils made REAL