JLA (1996) #100
"Elitism" is written by Joe Kelly and drawn by Doug Mahnke and Tom Nguyen. The now-familiar staple plotline between an establishment super-team and an anarchist super-team plays out here on a grand scale in JLA's centennial issue as the Elite returns with a vengeance. Not content to watch as the JLA supports the current governments of the world which it sees as corrupt and ineffectual, the Elite means to take matters into its own hands in order to bring about its vision of a global utopia. Led by Sister Superior, the sibling of Manchester Black, the former head of the Elite, this new team doesn't waste any time going to the core of what it sees as the problem: the occupants of the U.S. Capitol building.
With U.S. senators scrambling through the hallowed halls of democracy to save their lives, the scene is set for the JLA to come in and take an aggressive hand against the Elite. However, this battle is more than a tiff between super-heroes of opposing political sentiment. At the same time, Mother Earth herself is behind world-scale upheaval as she reasons the only way to deal with her troublesome, warlike children is to purge the species and start over. Only a massive demonstration of international unity will convince Gaia to stay her dread judgment. And nothing overcomes international differences like a common enemy: a role the Elite volunteer to play! But after the crisis is averted, deep divisions within the JLA remain over the justness of the Elite's cause. This schism leads to Justice League Elite.