24 years ago - 6-year-old Vera loses both her arms in a horrible accident.
20 years ago - 10-year-old Vera runs away from home with Manchester Black. When she is almost killed by muggers and thrown into the path of an oncoming train Manchester's powers manifest, killing everyone on board. He is recruited as a Checkmate asset, and she is sent to Universite Nortre Dame Des Ombres.
11 years ago - 19-year-old Vera is recruited by British Intelligence as a tech operative, where she is fitted with her stealth-tech artificial arms.
6 years ago - 24-year-old Vera earns a promotion to full black-ops field agent. Her arms a refit with advanced alien nanotech.
4 years ago - 26-year-old Vera's brother Manchester Black goes rogue, starts the Elite & battles Superman. She speaks to him in prison, and gets him to reveal how to access his ship Bunny.
3 years ago - 27-year-old Vera's brother Manchester Black escapes and tries to go after Superman. She enlists members of his former team, including Paul Booker, to stop him. She is unable to stop him from killing himself. His death ends his protection of Bunny from the Daemonites, and she only survives their attack thanks to Rip Hunter. She assembles a group of Daemonite victims to form a new Elite.
1 year ago - 29-year-old Vera leads the Elite against Maggeddon alongside the Justice League, and become officially sanctioned in the aftermath.
Vera Black was created as the new leader of the Elite when it was transitioning from an unchecked group of rogue superheroes into something more controlled in the pages of Justice League Elite. The intention was that the new group functioned as a black-ops version of the Justice League. This wasn't really a NEW idea, there have been a lot of books meant to feature a more hands-on, proactive version of the League. The concept was probably the most successful as the Outsiders, which is why it's still considered one of the main teams in the DC universe.
Vera was a utilitarian, but pretty well designed character. Her older brother Manchester had been the leader of the Elite, and represented the sort of punk rock hooligan anarchy that fueled the team's objective. He had unchecked psychic powers, something that gave made him seem completely unchecked and unpredictable. Vera, in comparison, was a former black-ops agent of British Intelligence. She clearly had a respect for the rebellious ways of her brother, but she also had a career as a secret agent that gave her a perspective in how the world worked that her brother lacked. Instead of being a violently powerful telepathy, she was a cyborg with a seemingly limitless array of weapons and tools built into her arms. It was just as chaotic a power, but because it came from a place of science it also seemed to give her a more stable groundwork. He codename "Sister Superior" isn't just clever wordplay.
As we craft our new version of what the Elite become, This character actually becomes an ideal character to drive that team. She has an awareness and appreciation of the power and authority a person with powers has, but she also has the necessary awareness to mold that sort of energy into something positive.
Our new story of the Elite features Vera taking control of Manchester's inter-dimensional ship in order to stop him. In doing so, she makes herself a target of the ship's original masters, the Daemonites, and is then guided by Her new ally, Tomorrow Woman, to assemble a new team that can assist her in defending the planet from their unseen invaders. In doing so, we essentially craft an entirely new team that keeps the spirit of Wildstorm alive.