The Elite

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The Elite
The original line up from Action Comics #775. Clockwise: Menagerie I (foreground), Hat, Manchester Black and Coldcast.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Action Comics #775 (March 2001)
Created by Joe Kelly (writer)
Doug Mahnke (artist)
In-story information
Member(s) Coldcast
Manchester Black
Menagerie I
Menagerie II
Vera Black

The Elite is a team of fictional super-powered antiheroes featured in a DC Comics series.

The Elite made their first appearance in the story "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?", published in Action Comics #775 (March 2001). The story, which was voted number 1 in Wizard Magazine's Top Ten Comics of the Decade, was written by Joe Kelly, penciled by Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo, and inked by Tom Nguyen. They appeared in a number of stories as antagonists before some of the characters merged with members of the Justice League to form the Justice League Elite.


Team members[edit]

Manchester Black[edit]

The team's first leader. A British telekinetic vigilante, currently inactive after realizing that he'd become as bad as the villains he wanted to fight.

Vera Black[edit]

A British psionic cyborg, sister of Manchester Black and the second leader of the Elite.


A very large and muscular African-American man who sports dreadlocks and chains and manacles around his neck and wrists. He is capable of manipulating electromagnetism. He was eventually inspired by Superman to fight on the side of heroes.

Menagerie I[edit]

A Puerto Rican woman with a symbiotic suit of armor that allows her to transform into a chimeric creature. She was lobotomized and placed in a coma.

Menagerie II[edit]

Sister of Menagerie I. She joined with an alien weapon cache which drove her insane. She is now in a metahuman prison facility.

The Hat[edit]

A young Asian and a powerful Earth elemental with a measure of invulnerability and an ability to breathe fire. He was armed with a magic hat from which he could pull any item he wanted. He quit the team shortly after Vera Black took over.


A bacterial colony that became a floating fortress before The Elite brought her to their universe to use as a base of operations. On a rare glimpse inside, it appears to contain many wonders, including the Excalibur and the skeleton of Pegasus.

Collected editions[edit]

They have appeared in a number of titles and all but Action Comics #795 have been reprinted in trade paperbacks:

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