Sister Superior

Vera Black

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Vera Black
JLA 100 08 Sister Superior
Page 8 of JLA #100 by Doug Mahnke and Tom Nguyen. It is Vera Black’s first appearance, leading the second incarnation of The Elite: Menagerie (foreground), Coldcast, Vera Black and Hat (background, left to right)
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance JLA #100
Created by Joe Kelly
Doug Mahnke
In story information
Alter ego Vera Lynn Black
Team affiliations Justice League Elite
The Elite
Notable aliases Sister Superior, Miss Morphine
Abilities Cybernetic arms

Sister Superior (Vera Lynn Black) is a fictional character from DC Comics. She is the sister of British supervillain Manchester Black, and a member of the JLA offshoot known as Justice League Elite.



  • 1 Character History
  • 2 Powers
  • 3 Trivia
  • 4 References

Character History

When she was a child, her parents would often fight, so her brother would take her out to play. As his psychic powers developed, this ‘play’ would develop into killing sprees. This twisted Vera in later life. When her brother died after attempting to destroy Superman, Vera tried to get revenge. She underwent cybernetic enhancement, replacing her arms (which were long ago lost in an accident) with cybernetic versions that could turn into any weapon she wanted, and went on with her misguided mission of revenge.

She became aware that the Planet Earth, in a reflex response to all the strife it endures, was going to destroy human life. Vera and the JLA devised a plan in which she would lead a reformed The Elite (right) in one last battle in a bid to scare the United Nations into cooperation. The ruse worked, and the Earth did not follow through.

The JLA, mainly on the encouragement of the Flash, asked her to lead the new team permanently, handling black ops that the JLA couldn’t. She brought together members of The Elite, Coldcast and Menagerie, with some Justice League members, Flash, Manitou Raven, Major Disaster, Green Arrow and Kasumi, and added the spy Naif al-Sheikh. Those stories were told in the Justice League Elite mini-series.

Somewhere along the way, Vera began showing signs of madness. Eventually, it came to light that she was haunted by the spirit of her dead brother.In reality, it wasn’t him, but her own weak psych that represented the cruel and murderous side of herself with an image of her brother. It tormented her, stole her body and proceeded to destroy London. Her teammates in the Elite helped her see that she was better than her brother, and she overcame him, and prevented the outright destruction of the city.

Presumably, she is still leading the Elite, as several members of the team were shown as still being together under her as of the end of the series.


Vera’s cybernetic arms have many moving parts that can shift and reform to several different weapons.

Her most common form of attack is to turn both her hands into guns (ranging from energy to projectile guns), but they also contain melee weapons such as claws and knives.

Also noteworthy is the extremely advanced camouflage technology her arms contain. Not only does she have a sophisticated holograms projector, which she can use for both on herself and to project images separate from herself, but her arms also house technology capable of interfering with how nearby nervous systems interpret sounds, textures and other things beside visual information. Essentially, she has techno-psionic camouflage. During her time as the leader of the Justice League Elite, she used this to go undercover under several false personas.

Also, even without drawing out any of her weapons, she once punched through a solid brick chimney, showing that her cybernetic arms have some degree of super strength even without calling on the weaponry housed within.


Her first and middle names are based on the wartime singer Vera Lynn.

Both she and her brother are based on Jenny Sparks but Vera looks the most like her. However, her ability to turn her arms into guns is most similar to the Engineer II.


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