This legendary World War II combat
unit got it's start on D-day (when American troops landed on European soil).
Soon after this battle, Private Frank Rock was promoted to Sergeant.
Rock forged his unitcalled Easy Companyinto one of the most famous
fighting units of the war. The longest-standing men under his command included
second-in-command, Bulldozer (Horace Eustace Canfield), Little Sure
Shot, Wildman, Ice Cream Soldier, 4-Eyes, Jackie Johnson, Worry Wart,
Farmer Boy, Long Round and Short Round. Many others passed through and as many
again lost their lives.
Immediately following the war, Rock was tapped by the U.S. government for
a covert operation. Rock sprung his team from the military prison to put down
Easy's arch foe, the Iron Major (who had escaped death). Among his recruits
were Easy's Wildman (last name revealed as Ahmas), and men named Spanner and
Barnes. The mission resulted in the Iron Major's demise,
as well as the new recruits'. After the mission, Rock formally
requested his discharge. It is unclear whether Wildman was returned to prison.
This tale also mentions that Sure Shot was made a Sergeant. (Suicide
Squad v.2 #4)
Much later, in 1959, Rock and Bulldozer were recruited for another mission.
From their base, at Area 51, the pair were teamed with Rip Hunter. Hunter had
discovered that Dinosaur Island was the nexus of a "rip in time." As
a result of this mission, their aging was supposedly slowed. (#10)
An impostor posing as Frank Rock surfaced recently and was passed off to America
as President Lex Luthor's Chairman of the Joint-Chiefs of Staff. (Superman
#166) This man and another mysterious man who claimed to be Bulldozer
were recruited by Task Force X to lead a new unit of the Suicide
Squad(Suicide Squad v.2 #1) This Squad was short-lived
and in the end, both "Rock and Bulldozer" disappeared, leaving unresolved
questions about their identities. (#12)
FIRST APPEARANCE: Easy
Co. and Frank Rock: Our Army at War #81 (April 1959). Bulldozer: Our
Army at War #95 (June 1960)
FEATURED APPEARANCES: Showcase #45 Brave & Bold #52,
84 Suicide Squad v.2 #4, 10 • Sgt. Rock: Between Hell
and a Hard Place Graphic Novel (2003)
Our Army at War #83-301 (1959-77)
Sgt. Rock, #302-422 (1977-88)
Suicide Squad v.2, #1-12 (2001-02)
Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place, hard- and softcover graphic
Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy, 6-issue limited series (2006)
The Elite are a band of extremely powerful metahumans who took
it upon themselves to "free the Earth of scum." They abided no laws
and thus quickly came into conflict with Superman during their first mission
in Tripoli, Libya. There they took out a renegade giant ape, but also thousands
of Libyan troops. They quickly dispatched Superman then disappeared. Each of
the Elite possesses Palmer Metahuman (PM) ratings which rival Superman:
Manchester Black was the leader of the group. He had near-omnipotent
telepathic and telekinetic abilities.
Coldcast can control electromagnetism
and affect matter at the atomic level. By rendering electrons inert, he
can essentially stop time. This can be used to to cripple electronic devices
with an electromagnetic pulse. He is also sensitive to the Earth's electromagnetic
The Hat is actually a demon known as "The Dragon." Under
unknown circumstances, he was coerced into taking the human form of an
alcoholic magician powered by a "runefield."
Menagerie(Pam, last name
unrevealed) is a Puerto Rican woman who bonded herself with "an alien
warrior crèche" (or symbeasts), which she could control.
They soon appeared again in Tokyo to take down the Samurai Roshu, a
group private guerillas. Superman called them to a showdown on Jupiter's moon,
Io. They had apparently killed the Man of Steel, but Superman returned triumphant.
He poisoned Menagerie, turned the vacuum of space and super-speed against the
Hat and Coldcast, and disabled the metahuman portion of Manchester Black's
brain. The JLA took the villains into custody.
Their headquarters a ship dubbed "Bunny" was originally
a sentient bacteria colony which the Elite had highjacked and enslaved. Superman
freed this ship. (Action #775)
In truth, Superman had only given Black a concussion. President Luthor and
his cabinet members Sam Lane and Amanda Waller implanted Black with regulatory
nanites to keep him in line. Black was then made field leader of a new Suicide
Squad. This team's mission was to release and reprogram Doomsday to battle Imperiex.
After this, Black secretly freed himself of the nanites. (Adv.
of Superman #593-594)
Now a government operative, Black began shadowing the Man of Steel and eventually
discovered Superman's secret identity. He shared this information with Lex
Luthor. Black betrayed Luthor and reassembled the Elite one last time. He sent
them to assassinate Luthor, which Superman prevented. It was then that Menagerie
revealed that the Elite were acting against their wills. Indeed, Black induced
a stroke in her for her betrayal, putting her in a permanent vegetative state.
Coldcast and the Hat remained at large. (Action #795)
In the end, Manchester Black tricked Superman into thinking he'd murdered
Lois Lane. Black's death-wish was to trick Superman into killing him, thus
proving Superman's imperfection. When this failed, Black wiped all knowledge
of Superman's secret identity from Luthor's brain, and then committed suicide. (Action
#796) But Black changed his mind at the last second. In a telekinetic
cannonball, he uploaded his consciousness into that of his sister, Vera
Vera grew up alongside brother "Chess", who took care of her in
the absence of their parents. Vera lost her arms when she was a young girl
and was looked after by her brother. (Justice League Elite
#4) There was one particularly scaring moment when the pair encountered
a house full of people whom Chess drove to torture themselves. Vera watched
on and was deeply scarred by the sight. Thus did Manchester's evil nature flourish
at a young age. At some point the two parted ways — physically and ideologically.
When Manchester continued his path towards an Elite, Vera was fitted with a
half-billion dollars worth of cybernetic arms which give her heightened senses
and the ability to alter other's perceptions. She signed on with at least one
international undercover operation, headed by the Naif
After Manchester's supposed death, Vera Lynn took it upon herself to clear
the family name and reassembled the Elite as a force for good. As Sister
Superior she convinced the Dragon to once again become the Hat. Coldcast
sought to atone for his misdeeds under Manchester; and Menagerie's sister Sonja
assumed control of the alien crèche. Vera then approached the JLA with
It seems that the Hat had sensed a powerful chaos emanating from the Earth's
very being. The mother goddess, Gaea, was awakening and in her anger she threatened
to destroy humanity. Vera concocted a plan that would hopefully unite the world
against a common threat and prove the human race's worth to the goddess. Though
Superman was understandably hesitant to ally with the new Elite, the JLA's Manitou
Disasterboth confirmed Vera's prophesies. The JLA and the Elite
subsequently staged an elaborate battle whereby it appeared that the Elite
were unstoppable and would completely enslave the world. The JLA then convinced
all the world's nations to band together against this threat; Gaea awoke and
did indeed concede that humans were worthy of inheriting the planet.
After this, Sister Superior boldly proposed the formation of a sort of "black
ops" JLA team: the Justice League Elite. With her deep
cover experience, Vera envisioned a team that could use unconventional means
to combat unconventional threats. Both Superman and Batman denied Vera membership
in the League, which angered several of their teammates, including the Flash.
He, Raven and Disaster all believed that Black had proved herself worthy and
allied with her in this new venture. (JLA #100) Thus
the Justice League Elite became a sort of "not-exactly-sanctioned don't-ask-don't-tell
covert operations unit. Their mission was to hunt and eliminate extranormal
threats to the Earth before they went public. (JLA
Secret Files 2004)
Flash, Green Arrow, Manitou Raven
and Major Disaster officially joined Vera's League (Flash would serve on both
teams). This new undercover branch of the League was barely tolerated by the
main team and operated out of a secret base in New Jersey called The
Factory. To help keep them in check, Vera recruited Naif al-Sheikh
to be their coordinator. Al-Sheikh was a man also driven by the desire to do
good yet held super-heroes in great contempt. Only Vera's history with the
mastermind convinced him to join them. Al-Sheikh held the clout to address
an assembly of powerful world leaders would agree that "the Elite do not
exist." The Elite were also to be kept in check by another member, Kasumi,
who was actually Batgirl — secretly planted on the team by Batman. (JL
In their first mission, they infiltrated The Blood Brothers,
an organization of assassins. The Blood Brothers led the Elite to a foreign
terrorist called Sundeath (Richard Atwa). Strangely, both
teams aimed at putting an end to Atwa, but the Brothers' plan extended to the
nation's genocidal leader, Hi-Shan Bhat. The Brothers enlisted
another freelancer called, Wolfwood, who was also working
undercover. With his heightened senses, he compromised Vera's disguise as Deathstroke. (#2) The
Elite ditched their cover and took down both the Blood Brothers and Bhat's
regime; Atwa was taken to the U.S. for trial.
But what happened after this would taint the Elite for good. With Bhat in
custody, Manchester Black began asserting some control over his sister, who
blacked out while Bhat was being held. In her unconsciousness, Menagerie secretly
coaxed Coldcast to kill Bhat. Coldcast retained no memory of the act, and no
other members were present. (#3) Vera knew this bode
poorly for their future; upon their return, she defied protocol and avoided
debriefing the team on Bhat's death, while al-Sheikh raged over the mysterious
circumstances of the dictator's death. Because the Elite were in complete control,
and Vera could sense external lifesigns and teleport signals, suspicion was
of course cast on the team itself — someone on the team was obviously
responsible for Bhat's death.
The JLA stepped in and attempted to shut the Elite down, but Vera strapped
on Wonder Woman's lasso as a test of truth (but the lasso was actually around
her cybernetics), and avoids further inquiry. This bought the team more time,
pending an investigation. (#4)
Coldcast then paid a visit home to his mother and brother Christopher.
Chris introduced him to his new posse: part of the gang called the Aftermath. (#4) At
Coldcast's urging, the Elite infiltrated Aftermath. Kasumi used the Shadow
Theif's belt, Vera became "Miss Morphine" and the Flash "Supersonic".
They discovered that Aftermath used aliens and metahumans to carve out a new
kind of drug trade. They also discovered that another group was on Aftermath's
trail: the Justice Society! (#5)
During the brawl, Black Canary recognized Green Arrow's equipment, but didn't
put the pieces together in time. The battle ended badly when Major Disaster
(who had begun drinking heavily) used his powers to send Coldcast out of control.
This caused Kasumi to accidentally impale Hawkgirl with her blades. After things
quieted down, Batman ordered her to end her affiliation, but she defied him
and rejoined the team to finish their mission against Aftermath. Aftermath
had actually tipped off the JSA and staged the whole battle as a test to the
Elite's worthiness. They were finally invited aboard Aftermath's interdimensional
ship where they met the organization's leader, Aftermath himself.
And his associate — Wolfwood. (#6)