It’s a hard life being a hero. It’s stressful, dangerous and often thankless. Heroes save lives, but also get the blame when lives are lost. They have to make a thousand decisions, big and small, and sometimes they choose the wrong path. Without a rock solid mentor, the walls can close in. That happened to Arsenal.

Born as Roy Harper, Arsenal was orphaned and taken in by Green Arrow. Oliver Queen took Roy's strong archery skills and trained him until Roy became an expert marksman. However, knowing how to hold your own in combat doesn't prepare you for all of life's challenges. A run of unfortunate events, including the Teen Titans disbanding, a break-up, and some struggles with Green Arrow, opened the door to a treacherous path for Roy. He leaned on drugs to get through the hard times.

While Roy’s since gotten clean, like everyone who’s struggled with substance abuse, addiction remains a constant conflict for him. But Arsenal’s thrived as a hero in spite of it. He's exhibited courage and skill at Green Arrow's side, as a member of the Teen Titans and most recently, fighting alongside another hero with a dark past, Red Hood. Though he's perhaps suffered more than most, Arsenal continues to battle bravely, both against foes and his inner demons.

Roy Harper returns -- but will he fall again?

Roy Harper lost everything he had to Prometheus in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE, barely surviving the villain’s brutal attack. But what happens when he finally awakens from his coma? Roy Harper may come to realize that his spiraling drop into despair has only just begun. Brought to you by writer J.T. Krul and artist Geraldo Borges, JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE RISE OF ARSENAL #1 hits 3/24. [gallery link="file"]

A look at what may have been in TITANS #23

As Roy Harper lies in critical condition after the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE his fever dreams show him the perfect future life he wants for the Titans. Unfortunately for him, it's a life the Titans will never see. Featuring the work of guest writer Eddie Berganza and artists Scott Clark and Ardian Syaf. TITANS #23 hits 3/17. [gallery link="file"]


But before we pass the mic to Adam, let me dust off ye olde Spoiler Warning: Do not click below until you've read the final issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE. Done? What a finale, huh? OK, take it away, Adam: 301


ga-cover-final Take a minute to process that amazing piece of Mauro Cascioli art. Ok. Done? Let’s go. If you’ve been following JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE, then you know some major events have been shaking up Green Arrow and his supporting cast’s status. Specifically, Red Arrow finding himself one arm short of a pair.
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