The Elite

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The Elite
The original line up from Action Comics #775. They are: Menagerie I (foreground), Hat, Manchester Black and Coldcast (background, left to right)
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
Hat
Manchester Black
Menagerie I
Menagerie II
Vera Black

The Elite is a team of super-powered anti-heroes appearing in stories published by DC Comics. The team took early influences from The Authority.[1]

They 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, pencilled by Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo, inked by Tom Nguyen. They appeared in a number of stories as antagonists, before some of them merged with members of the Justice League to form Justice League Elite.

History[edit]

Team Members[edit]

Manchester Black[edit]

The team's first leader. Currently dead after he realized that he'd become as bad as the villains he wanted to fight.

Vera Black[edit]

The sister of Manchester Black and the second leader of The Elite.

Coldcast[edit]

He is capable of manipulating electromagnetism. He was eventually inspired by Superman to fight on the side of heroes.

Menagerie I[edit]

She joined with an alien weapon cache, lobotomized and placed in a coma.

Menagerie II[edit]

She joined with an alien weapon cache which drove her insane, now in a metahuman prison facility.

Hat[edit]

He was armed with a magic hat. He quit the team shortly after Vera Black took over.

Bunny[edit]

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