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Origin

The exact origins of the Shadow Cabinet remains an enigma.  However there is evidence that they have been in existence for a very long time, subtly guiding and shaping the course of human events in the shadows.  A secret order of superhumans, their purpose is to "save humanity from itself" but they believe in the concept that the ends justify the means.  And as their purpose is the salvation and survival of the human race, there is nothing that the Shadow Cabinet and their roster of agents will not stoop to in order to accomplish their mission; including long term undercover missions, murder, and assassination should the situation calls for it.

Creation

Created by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and Paul Leon.  Many of the team members of the Shadow Cabinet appeared in several of the Milestone titles leading up to Milestone's first major inter-company crossover, The Shadow War.  Their clandestine modus opreandi and the dubious morality of their covert operations led to many to describing them as "the JLA as run by the CIA".
   

Team Evolution


The First Version

Originally they were run by the psychic Indian known as Dharma. It was also revealed that the Shadow Cabinet was in existance long before members of this roster were even born. 
 
 

The Second Version

This team was developed after the Dakotaverse merged with the DCverse. It hasn't been really clear who leads it, but Dharma yet again appears to be at the head. Worth noting is that Icon, in the Dakotaverse, had originally refused to work with the Shadow Cabinet because of their ill-moral methods of exacting justice and stablizing the balance of good and evil. After the universes merged, he is seen working with them. Also worth noting is that he was also playing a kind of double agent role. 
 
 

Question of morality?

The Shadow Cabinet weren't really heroes in the conventional way. They were not above killing, or starting wars for the greater good. And as Dharma put it they actually keep the balance between good and evil. So one may even question if they were really heroes to begin with. 
 
                                                                                             

Membership Roster


 

Milestone


Dharma 
Iron Butterfly 
Blitzen 
Donner
 
Sideshow

Oro

Bad Betty

Iota

Payback

Starlight

Twilight

Plus

Ramjet

Mechanic

Windshear

Epiphany 
 
(defectors) 
Slag 
Funyl 
Ash
 
Headmaster 
Rainsaw 
Transit 
Wytch

 

DC

   
Dharma

Icon

Iota

Donner

Blitzen

Payback

Starlight

Twilight

Sideshow

Iron Butterfly 
Gloria Mundi

Mechanic 

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