was that Roy before his arm got torn off? So these events are occuring after BLACKEST NIGHT, but beore CRY FOR JUSTICE? Or, was it a different Roy?
This reader was mistaking "Roy Raymond" (aka Owlman) for Roy Harper (aka Arsenal, aka Red Arrow, aka Speedy).
A lot of superheroes have the same name (there's like five Flashes, and a couple Batmans, and a pair of Captain Americas and Black Widows and legacy characters major and minor like Clayface and Blockbuster and Icicle and on and on and on) so it's hard to keep that straight forward enough, but similar alter ego names do cause just as much confusion.
Hell, when I read earlier issues of the Outsiders I was trying to figure out how Firestorm got resurrected (I confused Roy Raymond/"Owlman" with deceased Firestorm Ronnie Raymond). Not to mention that for a time I thought Nova also had the same name as Firestorm (but it was an alliterative mistake, as he's Richard Ryder, not to be confused with Jack Ryder, aka "The Creeper").
The most recent problem in the name game has been the naming of next generational heroes with the same altar ego first name. Connor? Which Connor? Connor Kent ("Superboy") or Connor Hawke ("Green Arrow"). Cassie? Cassie Caine ("Batgirl") or Cassie Sandsmark ("Wonder Girl"). I mean, really?
Even amidst the classic heroes there can be some confusion.
Are we talking Prince or Drake?
Back in the day they would avoid any such confusion, because whenever someone would refer to someone by their "real" name, the editor would asterisk in a footnote.
"Has anyone seen Ted*? He was supposed to rendezvous back at headquarters an hour ago?"
* Ted Knight: Starman's altar ego - Ed. or
* Ted Grant: Wildcat's altar ego - Ed. or even
* Ted Kord: Blue Beetle's altar ego - Ed.
These kind of editorial interruptions are nowdays seen as part of the medium's juvenile roots and are next to obsolete. Yet, it was these sorts of footnotes that made comics accessible to a younger reader and easier to follow. It may be a bit patronizing to the regular reader but the new reader would be thankful.
Did you know that DC even had/has a second "Hal Jordan" running around? Yup he's "Air Wave II", Harold "Hal" Jordan, a cousin.