JLA – 100


JLA – 100

General Info

Issue No:
100
On Sale Date:
June 2004
Cover Date:
August 2004
Era:
Modern Age
Story Title:
Elitism

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Penciller:
Doug Mahnke
Inker:
Tom Nguyen
Letterer:
Ken Lopez
Colourist:
David Baron
Editor:
Mike Carlin
Valerie D'Orazio (Associate)

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Atom (Ray Palmer), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Faith, Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond), Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (John Stewart), Major Disaster (Paul Booker), Manitou Raven, Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz), Plastic Man (Patrick O'Brian), Superman (Clark Kent, Kal-El)
Heroes:
N/A
Villains:
Crucifer, The Tenth Circle
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
The Elite - [Coldcast (Nathan Craig Jones), Menagerie (Sonja), Sister Superior (Vera Lynn Black), The Hat (Rampotatek)], Vice President Pete Ross, Gaea
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This is an extra sized issue.

Synopsis

Clark Kent wakes up from a nightmare involving Manchester Black in his apartment. A foreshadowing of things to come as the Elite make a reappearance on the world stage with a new leader: Sister Superior, Manchester Black’s little sister, who is out for revenge against the world. She and the Elite bust into the United States Senate and declare themselves the new land lords of Earth. This decision doesn’t sit well with the Justice League of America who rush into action to take out the resurfaced rogue meta-humans. Unfortunately the newly reassembled Elite don’t go down so easily. A massive battle lays waste to Washington, D.C. and takes several League members with it as Batman, Flash and Manitou are apparently killed.

The world convenes at the United Nations to organise a counter offensive. However they are all deeply afraid of the current situation that they find themselves bickering and turning on one another. Wonder Woman finds her way to the podium and asks them to band together and face the coming threat as one, to forget borders and old feuds but to look towards preservation of the world. Moved by Wonder Woman’s words they agree to do just that.

Superman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter use themselves as bait to lure the Elite into a transporter field that teleports them all into a huge military trap set up by the whole world. A massive battle ensues with the world’s nations finding common ground against a common enemy. Suddenly the earth moves and takes the shape of a woman, which she states that she is so moved by the actions of her “children” (humanity) to work together that she agrees not to destroy the world herself. It appears as though the planet Earth had decided to destroy all life on her soils as it had come to hate one another and destroy the world on which they exist. Major Disaster was the first to feel this as widespread ecological disasters wrecked havoc over the last few weeks. But it wasn’t until Sister Superior contacted the Justice League that anyone really knew the magnitude of the event. The JLA and the Elite had staged the whole battle and war just to trick the people of the world, and the Earth herself, into working together. That gesture convinced Earth to spare the lives of her children. The world will never know this, as it would ruin the reputation of the Justice League and all the heroes in their ranks.

The news reports that the Elite have been captured and are imprisoned beneath the Watchtower on the moon. Sister Superior has other plans though. She feels that the Elite’s current outlaw status would be a great way for the JLA to get inside the underworld of super-hero crime; that the Elite could be the undercover arm of the JLA working to prevent extinction level events that the JLA contend with only after they have begun. Superman is suspicious of the idea and feels that such a proactive agenda is too dangerous, he shuts down the idea without debate. However some are not so inclined to agree with their fearless leader. As the Elite walk off, back to their world of shadows they take a few JLA members with them.