In Which Lian is Cute, Dinah is Awesome, and Roy has Issues...
The Arsenal mini-series ran from October 1998 to January 1999 and was written by Devin Grayson with some pretty bad art by Rick Mays. It features Roy Harper aka Speedy aka Arsenal aka Red Arrow and his Issues. And boy, does he have a lot of them, from "Green Arrow never raised me right" (Ollie had died 3 years earlier in our time, more recently in comics time) to "I used to be a drug addict" to "I don't know where I belong!" and the most important one "I can't find a good babysitter!"
I concentrate here on the scenes with Lian Harper, Roy's daughter with the assassin Cheshire and the cutest member of the Arrow Family.
And then women ninjas dress up in nurses costumes come and attempt to kidnap Roy and Lian (no, not making this up). However, Dinah being the bad ass that she is manages to fight them off and Roy grabs Lian and takes her to the Emergency Room.
The doctor tells Roy and Dinah (who makes the Nurses run away) that Lian has a rare disease and needs a kidney transplant. Dinah shows Roy a slip of paper with a bunch of names on it; apparently they are all related to Vandal Savage, who likes to harvest his descendent's organs to keep himself alive. Roy naturally jumps into costume and goes off, leaving Dinah to care for Lian.
In order to find Savage, Roy enlists the aid of Oracle:
He goes to the clinic and fights more of the nurse ninjas, discovers he's knocked them all out so he can't ask them where Savage is, and gets pissy. Then Green Arrow shows up:
See? Daddy issues. And anyone else remember when Connor was awesome and obviously not white (though here he is awfully pale) and not a mind-wiped self-healing shadow of his former self that got shipped off to a monastery? Yeah, me too. I miss him. D:
Connor and Roy discover a lab where Vandal's scientists are growing cloned babies with no brains for parts. There is more ninja nurse fighting, they meet Savage who tells Roy that he arranged for Lian's kidney condition and then poofs away. Roy returns home, changes out of the Red Arrow suit into a new Arsenal one and hears a boom:
Part of me can't wait until Lian is grown and is Jade Arrow or whatever. She would totally kick the shit outta everyone. The other part of me is tired of super-aged kids done wrong and wants Lian to stay little for a VERY LONG TIME.
Savage takes Roy through a "This is Your Life" and shows him his history (father was a park ranger who died in a fire, he was adopted by Navajo, he became Green Arrow's ward, he became Speedy, he became a heroin addict, met Cheshire, when Ollie died, etc). Savage then offers Roy Lian's kidney if he prevents the authorities from blowing up the lab. Roy agrees...then halfway through realizes he wants Lian to have a dad she can be proud of. He succeeds in blowing up the lab with Savage inside it.
And now a bonus panel, from DC Universe Last Will and Testament, because Lian is always adorable and I want to see more Ollie and Lian interaction:
(For those that count, there are 17 pages from 4 books, with less than 7 pages per single book)