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Comic Book / Grifter (2011)

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Grifter was a series published by DC Comics as part of the New 52 initiative. It was a re-imagining of the Wild Storm character of the same name.

Cole Cash is a former soldier who deserted and became a con artist before a run-in with the Daemonites makes him aware of their attempts to infiltrate the world. After slaughtering several Daemonites disguised as humans, he becomes a wanted man and has to go on the run.

This series contains examples of:

  • Con Man: He makes his living conning people.
  • Crossover: He has a crossover with Green Arrow at one point.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: His attempts to fight the Daemonites are hampered by the fact that he's a wanted criminal, whereas the Daemonites all appear to be normal humans.
  • Human Disguise: The Daemonites are able to disguise themselves as normal humans.
  • Meaningful Name: In this version of the character, "Grifter" is a perfect description of his modus operandi - he's a con artist. It's this work that leads to his being abducted by the Daemonites, which results in his gaining powers.
  • The Most Wanted: The first arc is about Cole Cash becoming the World's Most Wanted because of his recent connections with the Daemonites that can hear and see them in their true forms, making him crash a plane full of Daemonites disguised as humans ready for an invasion. This was televised, showing him as a terrorist that killed everyone on the plane, being wanted by the cops, the army and even some heroes.
  • Psychic Powers: As in previous versions, he has psychic abilities. In this version, they're a result of his run-in with the Daemonites.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Niko was originally supposed to be a version of Cheshire, but those plans fell through.