DC Comics reintroduces Cheshire (again)
In today’s installment of “What’s New in the New 52,” DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras introduces readers to Cheshire, teased as a character from Jason Todd’s past who’ll soon appear in Red Hood and the Outlaws “to shed a little bit more light” on the character’s origins. However, unveiling of the character design created a little confusion in the comments section, as Cheshire has already been introduced to the New 52.
Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Cheshire debuted in 1982’s New Teen Titans Annual #2 as a mercenary who frequently the team, but she eventually fell in love with Roy Harper, and the two had a child. Over the years, she was affiliated with the Secret Six and Deathstroke’s Titans, but that was all before DC’s 2011 relaunch.
Skip ahead to the May 2012 solicitations for Grifter #9, which teased the first appearances in the New 52 of Deathblow and Cheshire. And she did appear, too — apparently in numerous issues — although she was only ever referred to in the stories as Niko.
So either there are two Cheshires leaping around the DC Universe, or the now-canceled Grifter has been the subject of
the one of the New 52’s first retcons.