Green Lantern / Green Arrow volume one

Date: 1970-71 (original material), 2004 (collection)
Writer(s): Dennis O'Neil
Artists(s): Neal Adams, Dick Giordano, Frank Giacoia, Dan Adkins, Berni Wrightson
Collects: Green Lantern 76-82
Storyline: No Evil Shall Escape My Sight!
Green Lantern was on his way to visit Green Arrow when he stopped to break up a fight. Some teenagers were attacking an older man outside an apartment building. GA stopped him from doing too much damage and showed him what was really going on - the old man was the building's owner who refused to do any repairs on the place. He was planning on destroying the building to put up a parking lot. After being a bit shook up by what happened, GL went to visit Jubal Slade, the landlord. He wouldn't budge. When Jordan pulled his fist back to punch him, he was called to Oa. There, he apologized for attacking an innocent man and was given a 'busy' assignment.
While Hal was near Saturn diverting an asteroid collision, GA visited Slade. He tried a protection racket on Slade's men, and the scum fell for it. No money changed hands, though, instead bullets. GA took down Slade's hitmen. With GL back on earth, he and GA worked together to take Slade down. With the local DA present, they faked him in to confessing to attempted murder.
Green Arrow went off on the Guardians, who tried to chastise their follower. After some deliberations, they sent one of their own to travel with Queen and Jordan as they journeyed across the country.

Journey to Desolation
As their truck entered a mountain town called Desolation, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and the Guardian realized their truck was being shot at. They were able to get free and capture the shooters. When questioned, they thought the truck carried hired guns coming to the town to stop the townspeople. The wealthy man in charge there, Slapper Soames, was going to hang one of their friends the next day for trying to get everyone's moral up. In actuality, they were hanging him because he had talent. They feared he would leave town and bring others in to see what was going on.
The townspeople prepared to raid Soames' fort and were besieged with landmines. GL was infuriated and set off all the mines so the attackers would not be hurt. While doing so, he got a message from the Guardian - his brothers had removed the ring's ability to save him from mortal harm since he was not doing their bidding. Green Arrow was captured; Green Lantern was dazed. He wandered into the jail and found the doomed man about to shoot GA. He used his ring to disable the man, and they took down the rest of them, too. They learned the would-be-hanging victim was working for Soames the whole time - they were rallying up the men to squash their egos. GL and GA made sure they were convicted before heading to their next stop.

A Kind of Loving, a Way of Death
In Washington State, Black Canary was knocked unconscious and left for dead by a motorcycle gang called the Demons. An unknown local found her and picked her up. Two weeks later, the same group began making trouble at a local diner where Oliver Queen and Hal Jordan were eating. After a quick change of clothes, the heroes mopped them up. Green Arrow recognized one of their motorcycles as Black Canary's.
They found her safe, but she appeared to be under some sort of hypnosis and refused to go with them. GA punched his companion and snuck around the camp to find the residents taking target practice. Their leader was planning on killing any non-redskinned person. GA was seen and shot. GL stopped the mob and disarmed them. Canary still had her gun and was told to shoot her lover. She wavered and dropped the pistol. Lantern used his ring to knock the brainwasher away; his gun went off and killed him. Canary regained her senses after the man was dead.

Ulysses Star is still Alive
GA and GL got into yet another squabble after breaking up a would-be shooting between some local land owners and Indians. It seemed they once had an agreement over the land, but all paperwork had been destroyed or lost.
Hal headed to the city and did some digging on the person who may have the deed. He found the man in a burning apartment building. He was able to save him, but the documentation was ashes. Hal headed to DC to visit a friend in Congress.
Back in town where GA and Black Canary were, the ghost of Ulysses Star - the chief who'd owned the trees - began haunting. GL and his congressman arrived just in time - the Indians and white men were about to fight over the land. GL could not do anything with his ring against the ghost, so he pitched it away and went after him hand to hand. After a struggle, he realized he was fighting Oliver Queen.
The congressman vowed to stop all logging until the land dispute was settled. The white land owners were arrested for arson in the apartment building GL had seen burn.

Even and Immortal can Die
The travelers' truck crashed off a bridge avoiding another vehicle. They were picked up by a barge carrying wastes to be disposed of. A fire broke loose on the boat and GL was badly injured. The Guardian took him to a nearby hospital and GA and the crew dumped the flammable waste into the water. The boat was saved, as was GL, but the water was polluted.
The Guardian was summoned to Gallo, where he was to be tried for his crimes against humanity for allowing the waste to be dumped (he chose to save Hal rather than save it). GA and GL accompanied him. Without so much as a real trial, the Guardian was sentenced to death. His company was to be held for a future trial on contempt. In their cell, GL and GA met the real tribunal - imprisoned by their head mechanic. They escaped and saved the Guardian from his fate. With the real judges reinstated, GL and GA returned to Earth while the Guardian awaited his real trial.

Death by my Destiny
Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and Black Canary were brought to Oa to witness the trial of their companion. He was found guilty and stripped of his immortality. On Maltus, where he was sentenced to live his life, the heroes found an overpopulated world so crammed they could not even walk. Going through the archives, they learned of a comet which had passed closely to their planet leaving the inhabitants sterile. The entire race had become clones, only to learn they were now able to conceive children.
The group was able to find the lab which was turning out the clones and open it up for the people to destroy. Hal suggested they go back to Oa to appeal the Guardian's conviction, but he declined - he felt he could do more on Maltus in a decade than in a century as a Guardian.
GL dropped Oliver and Dinah off in Star City and returned home.

How do you Fight a Nightmare
Oliver brought Dinah flowers, and they were attacked by winged women. He sent a message to Hal for help. On his way their direction, Green Lantern ran into the same beasts. They were being controlled by a woman calling herself the Witch Queen. She imprisoned him in a jewel, which appeared in Dinah's flower box. GA and Black Canary headed out to see what was the hold up with GL.
As they checked out the florist Queen had bought the flowers, the were attacked by Amazons in armor. After Canary took two of them down, the third asked her to join them with the Witch Queen. She and GA escaped and found the Witch Queen and her brother, Sinestro. They learned that only one man may inhabit the world which they'd banished Green Lantern to, so Canary offered to go bring him back. She saved him from Medusa and they were sent back to Earth. Green Arrow had taken care of Sinestro and his sister.


notes

  • Hal in #79 to the Guardian: "You've been on Earth for four months..."
  • Return to continuity section 2.