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Jericho


Jericho.
Art by Ross Andru Image File history File links Jericho. ... Cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #136 pencilled by Andru. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Tales of the Teen Titans #42
Created by Marv Wolfman

George Perez DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Cover to Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, which was written by Wolfman. ... George Pérez (born June 9, 1954 in The Bronx, New York) is a Puerto Rican-American illustrator and writer of comic books. ...

Characteristics
Alter ego Joseph William Wilson
Affiliations Teen Titans
Wildebeest Society
Abilities He has the meta-human ability to take mental control of the motor responses of another human body, after making direct eye contact with them.
Soul-self (Titans Hunt storyline)

Jericho (Joseph William Wilson) is a fictional character, a superhero who was a member of the Teen Titans in the acclaimed 1980s period of New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, published by DC Comics. The Teen Titans, also known as “The New Teen Titans”, “New Titans”, or “The Titans”, a DC Comics superhero team. ... Wildebeest is a name used by many characters in DC Comics New Titans series. ... Alice, a fictional character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ... The Teen Titans, also known as “The New Teen Titans”, “New Titans”, or “The Titans”, a DC Comics superhero team. ... The 1980s refers to the years of and between 1980 and 1989. ... Cover to Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, which was written by Wolfman. ... George Pérez (born June 9, 1954 in The Bronx, New York) is a Puerto Rican-American illustrator and writer of comic books. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ...

Contents

Fictional character biography

Childhood

Joseph was the son of Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke the Terminator. When he was a child, he was held hostage by Jackal, a terrorist who was after his father. Deathstroke refused to give Jackal the information he wanted because it went against his professional code of ethics. Deathstroke managed to rescue his son, but not before one of Jackal's men had started to cut his throat. As a result, he was rendered mute. Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson), also called simply Deathstroke (and originally simply the Terminator) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ... Speech disorders or speech impediments, as they are also called, are a type of communication disorders where normal speech is disrupted. ...


As a result of that incident, and the fact that Slade had lied to her, his mother Adeline divorced Slade (after attempting to kill him by shooting him, but only succeeding in blinding him in one of his eyes), and took her two sons (Joseph and his older brother Grant) with her. At some point, Joseph learned to communicate through sign language (identified in Action Comics #584 as American Sign Language) to compensate for his lost voice. Sign language interpreter on stage A sign language (also signed language) is a language which uses manual communication, body language and lip patterns instead of sound to convey meaning—simultaneously combining handshapes, orientation and movement of the hands, arms or body, and facial expressions to express fluidly a speakers... Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ... American Sign Language (ASL; less commonly Ameslan) is the dominant sign language of the Deaf community in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada, and in parts of Mexico. ...


His meta-human power is a result of the biological experimentation done on his father years before, and appeared in his late teens when he tried saving his mother from an assassin. He had the power to take possession of any humanoid being he can make eye contact with. Once inside, Jericho takes possession of his target's voluntary motor functions for his own use but is unable to control the voice and mind of the target. In addition, if the host is unconscious while Jericho is in control, he can speak through the host's body--but only with that person's accent and vocabulary--and easily control the body physically. Jericho's body changes into an astral form seconds before possession. He sometimes uses the American Sign Language symbol for the letter "J" as a subtle signal to his allies that he has taken possession of a person.


Titans

Sometime later (in a storyline called The Judas Contract), Adeline and Joseph discover that Deathstroke has accepted a contract on the Teen Titans. They approach Dick Grayson to help him rescue the Titans and Joseph adopts the identity of Jericho. The rescue mission is a success but the Titans are initially wary of him because of his relationship to Deathstroke and the betrayal of Terra. The Teen Titans, also known as “The New Teen Titans”, “New Titans”, or “The Titans”, a DC Comics superhero team. ... Dick Grayson is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Terra is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ...

New Titans #83 (1992).
New Titans #83 (1992).

Jericho did become a member and was a loyal Titan for many years. Shortly after joining the Titans another new member, Kole, joined. Jericho immediately developed a bond with her. Sadly however this did not last long as whilst Jericho along with a few other Titans went on a mission to space Kole was killed during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. After returning and discovering the tragic news Jericho then began to feel a sad quality within Raven and sought to ease her troubled spirit. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Kole is a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12 part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ...


Corruption

Unfortunately, some months later, Jericho was possessed by the souls of Azarath, now tainted by the essence of the demon Trigon, Raven's father. Unable to possess Raven herself, the souls entered Jericho. They were weak at first, but gained strength with time and eventually merged with him. Azarath is a fictional dimension featured in the Teen Titans comic book series and animated series. ... Trigon (also known as Trigon the Terrible) is a fictional villain who appears in Teen Titans comics published by DC Comics. ... Raven is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe, specifically the Teen Titans comics. ...


The souls now needed individual vessels to survive and Jericho sought to acquire superhuman ones for them, taking over the Wildebeest Society and using them to abduct current and former Titans to act as vessels. Jericho also got new powers: a powerful lion soul-self and a healing ability that repaired his throat and allowed him to speak again. Wildebeest is a name used by many characters in DC Comics New Titans series. ...


In the Titans Hunt storyline, Nightwing and Troia, accompanied by some new allies, found and confronted him. During the battle, the real Jericho resurfaced and begged his father to kill him. There was no help for him and, to spare his son any more suffering, Deathstroke killed him. A statue of Jericho was later erected in the Titans Tower memorial in San Francisco. Dick Grayson is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Donna Troy is a fictional character, a superheroine in the DC Universe. ... Current Titans Tower, San Francisco. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


Return

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
Jericho, returned in his ghostly astral form. Art by Mike McKone.

Several years later, it was revealed that Jericho's spirit had survived by jumping inside his father right before he was killed. He had lain dormant until hearing that his friend Donna Troy had been killed in battle. Taking control of his father's body, he sought out the latest group of Titans; hoping to convince them that children shouldn't be superheroes, as they could easily be killed like he was, and wanting to spare them his fate. He also killed his father's closest friend, Wintergreen, and mounted the man's head on a wall. Image File history File links Jerichonew. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy one of the guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia on one of the following topics: If you are familiar with the subject matter, please expand the article to establish its notability, citing reliable sources. ... Donna Troy is a fictional character, a superheroine in the DC Universe. ... W.R. Wintergreen, is a fictional character in DC Comics Teen Titans comics. ...


Further demonstrating his mental instabillity, he viciously attacked his former friends, even going so far as to shoot Impulse in the knee. Bartholomew Bart Allen II is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. ...


During the combat, he jumped from body to body until Raven absorbed him. But she repelled him during a battle with Brother Blood and Jericho tried to enter Cyborg. But Cyborg, using his cybernetic eye, transferred Jericho's spirit to a computer file, now stored in Titans Tower. Beast Boy says that they check on Jericho every day. Brother Blood is the name of two fictional comicbook characters in the DC Universe. ... Cyborg (Victor Stone) is a fictional DC Comics superhero best known as a member of the Teen Titans. ... Current Titans Tower, San Francisco. ... Beast Boy (real name Garfield Mark Gar Logan) is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a shapeshifting superhero who is a former member of the Doom Patrol and member of the Teen Titans. ...


After the "One Year Later" jump following the events of Infinite Crisis, a revised line-up of Titans discovered that the computer disk containing Jericho's essence had been taken from Titans Tower. Originally believed to have been stolen by a traitor within their ranks, it was revealed that Raven had taken the disk with her when she seemingly quit the team, seeking a method to restore Jericho to a physical body and untainted mind. In Teen Titans vol.3, #40-41, Raven used the same rituals that the Church of Brother Blood employed to raise her from the dead, and Jericho emerged apparently whole in body and mind. He was immediately forced into action by Bombshell, the true Titans traitor, who had been hired by Deathstroke to retrieve Jericho's computer disk, and was now determined to complete her mission by capturing Jericho and bringing him to his father. Jericho and the Titans managed to subdue Bombshell, and Jericho joined this latest incarnation of the team, taking the opportunity to bond with his sister Rose, currently a Titans member as the Ravager. Jericho has been resurrected in an undamaged body (the throat scars from his childhood injury being noticeably absent. He seems to have few, vague memories of the time he was possessed. One Year Later event logo. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... For the Marvel Comics character see Bombshell (Marvel Comics) Bombshell is a fictional supervillain in the DC Comics Universe who was first mentioned in Teen Titans vol. ... Rose Wilson is a fictional comic book character in the DC Comics universe. ... Cover to New Teen Titans #2, the original Ravagers first (and only) appearance. ...


When the Titans fought their Eastern counterparts, Jericho and Rose were defeated by their father.

Spoilers end here.

Powers and abilities

Jericho, after making eye contact with someone, can possess that body.


In other media

Jericho from "Calling All Titans".
Jericho from "Calling All Titans".

Jericho has made a cameo appearance in the "Calling All Titans" episode of the animated Teen Titans series. He later meets Beast Boy and becomes a honorary Titan and has to fight off both Fang and Private H.I.V.E.. Later in the season, Jericho has a featured role in the "Titans Together" episode, as one of four heroes who endured an attack from the Brotherhood Of Evil and rallied under Beast Boy to launch a final assault against the Brotherhood. Like his early comic persona, Jericho's persona in the animated series can possess any being he can make eye contact with. He is mute on the show as he is in the comic books. However, while in Cinderblock's body, he was able to speak (though this may be due to the fact that Cinderblock has a mind in only the most basic sense.) However, his power was useless when Gizmo put a bag over his head, unable to make eye contact with anyone. He was saved when reinforcements arrived with Cyborg, Starfire, and Raven. His relationship to Slade Wilson wasn't mentioned. He will be featured in a future issue of Teen Titans Go!. Image File history File links Jerichotoon. ... Image File history File links Jerichotoon. ... Teen Titans is an American animated television series created by Sam Register and Glen Murakami and produced by Warner Bros. ... Beast Boy (real name Garfield Mark Gar Logan) is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a shapeshifting superhero who is a former member of the Doom Patrol and member of the Teen Titans. ... This page contains a list of the minor characters made specifically for Teen Titans. ... This page contains a list of the minor characters made specifically for Teen Titans. ... This page contains a list of the minor characters made specifically for Teen Titans. ... Gizmo, from Outsiders #13, (August 2004). ... Cyborg (Victor Stone) is a fictional DC Comics superhero best known as a member of the Teen Titans. ... Starfire is the name of three superheroes who have appeared in comic books published by DC Comics. ... Raven is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe, specifically the Teen Titans comics. ... Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson), also called simply Deathstroke (and originally simply the Terminator) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Jericho- and the rest of the Wilsons- will most likely appear in the The Judas Contract movie since he played a major role in the story arc.


Trivia

When Marv Wolfman and George Perez were creating the character, the idea of making Joseph gay was toyed around with. Perez had this to say: "While Marv and I did discuss the possibility of Joseph Wilson being gay, Marv decided that it was too much of a stereotype to have the sensitive, artistic, and wide-eyed character with arguably effeminate features be also homosexual. ^lol"[1] GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ...


External links


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UGO.com Film/TV - Jericho Review - Fall TV Guide: 2006 Edition (645 words)
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Jericho is still far from perfect and is unlikely to set the television world on fire like Lost or 24, but it shows great strides in the right direction in its first two episodes.
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