Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Jericho Memorial Edition


During our Major Spoilers Podcast trade paperback review of ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’ some months ago, Rodrigo commented on how odd it was that Nightwing’s big debut was immediately overshadowed by the introduction of Deathstroke’s son (or, in story terms, his OTHER son) as Jericho.  I have never been puzzled by that decision, as I found the character of Jericho to be fresh and unlike anything I’d ever seen in comics, while Nightwing was just a grown-up Robin, a concept that DC had been toying with since the late 50s.  Even 30 years later, there’s never been another character quite like Jericho, for reasons both good and bad.  Under the pen of creators Perez and Wolfman, he had personality, specific body language and a cool power set, but subsequent artists couldn’t pull off Perez’ nuanced character art, and later writers turned him from sweet-natured reluctant hero working to offset his father’s evil deeds to just another lunatic, eventually murdering him and turning him into a recurring psychopathic second banana.   (Yes, in that order.)  It’s a waste of a great character, if ya ask me, which leads to today’s purple-chainmail query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would refer cynics to the ‘Teen Titans’ animated Jericho for an example of how such a character could successfully play in a modern setting, asking: What single character do you feel has the MOST untapped potential?