DAMNATION! Okay, fine, let's follow this through, starting with Ollie's dignity-free ass-up crawl into the Bananaboat with the assist of an unrelated pre-teen.
So, it becomes clearer to me as I read this...
We all know that Robin is the Boy Hostage and Aqualad is Panicky Pal. But Flapjack Red-Hat, here? He's the Competent Sidekick to the Incompetent Hero. He's Ape to George of the Jungle, Otto to the Time Squad, Penny to Inspector Gadget, Arthur to The Tick. Red-Hat to Green Arrow.
The nice touch is: unlike his counterparts in incompetence, Green Arrow seems to be aware of the situation.
|Knowing it is the first step, Ollie.|
"Aw, Ollie! I want to be THERE to see you screw up!"
"No, chum. I'm obviously about to blunder stupidly into a trap, so you need to stay here to rescue me when the time comes. Don't worry, it won't be long."
So, Ollie starts catapulting/ziplining between derelict wrecks along the waterfront, much like his love life, I'm sure.
|"Strange. There's no sign of the derelict ship among all these derelict ships. |
How DOES Batman do it?!"
|Practicing for "Dark Knight Returns"|
|Didy'ever think about just setting the ships on fire one by one?|
Be doing the Harbor Patrol a solid.
|It's what we ALL hope for, Ollie; not to see or hear you.|
As Ollie arrow-pitons his way up the Black Raider, whom does he happen upon? Pouty Pegboy, of course.
|Cuz their chains didn't fit you?|
|"NYAH! HELP, PIRATES, KILL ME NOW, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!"|
Astonishingly, the pirates spot the stage-whispering adult socialite dressed as Peter Pan before he spots them, because Green Arrow.
|I think you can probably take your time with that, then.|
BUT Golden Age Green Arrow spins around catlike just in time to disarm the scoundrels with his trusty bow, and, pinioning them all in the deck with arrows, exacts their swift surrender after a few nipple-twisters for good measure.
BWAHAHAHA! Of course that's not what happens; this is GREEN ARROW. He immediately gets his ass kicked, and, seeing as how he didn't stay sunk the last time they threw him overboard, the Black Raider's crew give 'im a pair of cement galoshes; you know, like pirates do. List "cement" among the 1001 Ways To Defeat Green Arrow.
By the way, even quick-drying cement takes a socially-awkward while to set, so you have to wonder at what point Ollie finally decided it was time to say:
|Adam West, eat yer heart out.|
Thus died Green Arrow. End of story. Again. Check that insurance policy, Flapjack! Live-in partners always get something!