I'll kick off this GA/DS retrospective by first busting a myth. The myth being: Green Arrow and Deathstroke are arch-enemies. I know. Crazy, right? Arrow popularized the belief that GA and DS are arch-enemies. To be honest, they have clashed only a few times in the comics. GA has clashed with the likes of Merlyn, Count Vertigo, and Brick more than he has with Slade Wilson. Even in non-comic media, GA and Deathstroke haven't fought. Before Brad Meltzer's "Identity Crisis" which started the whole thing, we have to go all the way back to March of the year 1994: the first time Slade and Oliver ever met. A few years before Green Arrow issue 84 by Alan Grant, Slade met Roy Harper for the first time during the events of the Deathstroke arc "Nuclear Winter." Let's just say, it didn't go too well: with Roy shooting Slade with a crossbow. This issue is hard to place in DS continuity: it either takes place right before the finale of Deathsroke "World Tour of '94" or right after DS 35. Wintergreen doesn't make an appearance in this crossover (a real shame). This was during DS' 90s career: probably one of Deathstroke's better times in his life: taking contracts and being chased by rogue organizations. Unfortunately, things weren't so good for Oliver. He had just broken up with Dinah and left Seattle--traveling across the U.S. from city to city doing some soul-searching (moping), GA took a plane to Las Vegas, and he stopped some terrorists from hijacking the plane. However, one of the terrorists smashed his eye with a liquor bottle in the fight. When GA got to Vegas, he went to a drugstore to buy an eyepatch for his swollen eye. At the same time, the Vegas mob had been tipped off that The Terminator was in town and looking to kill the local mob-boss. So, you have goons told to kill a tall man with a goatee and an eyepatch over his right eye. You can see what "confusion" that might have caused. Also: GA was VERY lenient on his no-kill rule during this arc, and he has trouble using his bow because he's right-eye dominant. Also, you can see by the cover that the identity of Oliver's doppleganger was heavily hinted at.