WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Naomi #5 by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, Jamal Campbell and Wes Abbott, on sale now.
The mysteries surrounding the origin of Wonder Comics' Naomi have finally been revealed. After issues of buildup, readers learn the answers to where Naomi comes from, who her true birth parents are, what role her adoptive parents play and how it all connects to the larger DC Universe.
Of course, if you're going to provide much-needed answers, you have to also set up all-new questions along the way, which is exactly what we get out of Naomi #5.
After discovering the truth from her adoptive parents, Naomi seeks out her best-friend Anna to confide in. But before getting to the juicy details concerning herself, Naomi fills Anna in on the local mechanic, Dee, and her dad. We learned in previous issues that Dee is Thanagarian and her father is from Rann. They are former soldiers who fought on opposite sides in the Rann-Thanagar War, who both ended up stuck on Earth during covert special missions.
DC fans are familiar with Rann and Thanagar, of course, but for an adopted girl in the small town of Port Oswego, Oregon, this is a humongous revelation. Naomi is still reeling from the simple event of Superman visiting her hometown (twice!), and now she learns an alien is the town mechanic and her dad is an alien as well. However, even these revelations pale in comparison to the bombshell that is Naomi's official origin.
Crisis On A Multiverse Earth
Instead of simply telling her best friend what she learned, Naomi decides to show Anna the extent of her new abilities. We get to watch along with Anna as a costume adorned of bright lights engulfs Naomi's body as it lifts her into the air. With that display out of the way, we move to Naomi telling Anna she's not from this Earth, confirming that Naomi and her family originate from one of the many Earths in DC's Multiverse.
Something else Naomi has going for her is a connection to what is described as a crisis event. A recorded message from her birth mother details how their Earth suffered a crisis when the protective layers over the world collapsed. The cause of the collapse is blamed on the people being neglectful of the ozone layer, an obvious message aimed toward our own real world environmental crisis. With the layer destroyed, Naomi's Earth became irradiated with new and foreign energies, granting 29 random people godlike powers.
Naomi's parents are among those 29, although her mother admits there may have been more who simply decided not to reveal themselves. Even though we're not told specifically what their powers are, they share the same style of clothing and symbol Naomi revealed to Anna.
Of course, with great power comes great responsibility, and the 29 couldn't equally agree on how best to use theirs. After the crisis, 14 out of the 29 were killed during a battle amongst themselves, with seven others leaving the Earth in disgust, never to return. The remaining eight called a truce before they completely destroyed the Earth, with Naomi's parents having to contend with a mass murderer named Zumbado. As he rampaged across the globe, it became clear his greed and selfishness would be lead to their end. This is why Naomi's parents, with the help of a trustful friend named Akira, came up with a plan to send Naomi away to another Earth in the Multiverse similar to theirs, knowing it could handle whatever Naomi transformed into.
Naomi is understandably emotional after hearing this news, having finally gained the knowledge of who she truly is. The crisis resulted in those gaining abilities not being able to have children, whether with themselves or with normal civilians. However, Naomi became the first child born of the crisis, making her a prime target of Zumbado, which is why she's sent away before her parents are seemingly killed. Unfortunately, Naomi igniting her powers is enough to alert Zumbado of her existence, allowing him to travel to Earth-Prime.
Obviously, there is still much we don't know about the crisis that befell Naomi's homeworld, or exactly which Earth in the Multiverse she's originally from. One subject writer Brian Michael Bendis retconned when he helped relaunch the fan-favorite Young Justice title is the fact that the DCU has experienced seven crises, which are periodic continuity-altering events that have repeatedly changed characters and histories across the DC Universe.
We guessed those seven crises to be Marv Wolfman and George Pérez's Crisis on Infinite Earths, Dan Jurgens and Jerry Ordway's Zero Hour: Crisis in Time, Grant Morrison and Howard Porter's "Crisis Times Five," a four-part storyline in JLA, Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales' Identity Crisis, Geoff Johns and Phil Jimenez' Infinite Crisis and Morrison and J.G. Jones' Final Crisis, with the seventh crisis up in the air. It could be Tom King and Mitch Gerads' Heroes in Crisis or Johns and Gary Frank's Doomsday Clock. Both series are slated to end later this year, and could severely alter the landscape of the DCU.
But now the possibility exists that the crisis on Naomi's Earth may be one of them -- a possibility that may be reinforced by the fact that Naomi's future path will see her joining the Young Justice title, if not the actual team. It's hard to say for certain, especially considering what Flashpoint and Rebirth have done to DC continuity (and either of those events could be one of the relevant crises, too).
With a rampaging maniac like Zumbado on the loose, it will be hard for Naomi to stop him by herself after just receiving her powers. Perhaps Naomi's Rannian father and the Thanagarian Dee will step in for an assist. Or, maybe DC will throw us a curveball by showing Naomi's parents to still be alive. Basically, what we're saying is anything is possible in the finale of Naomi Season 1, coming next issue.