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Quote1 Nothing will escape nature, Adam. And as Isis, I am nature. Quote2
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Adrianna Tomaz is Isis, the wife of Black Adam. With the Amulet of Isis, she has power over the forces of nature.

Origin

 Main article: 52

An Egyptian woman named Adrianna Tomaz is an enslaved refugee and brought to Black Adam as a gift from Intergang. Upon freeing her, Black Adam found her to be unafraid and highly vocal about how he could change his country for the better.

After weeks of discussion, during which Adrianna changed the way Adam looked at the world, Adam retrieved the magical amulet of Isis from the tomb of his wife and children and asked Captain Marvel to confer its power on Adrianna. The Amulet of Isis had long ago belonged to another of the wizard Shazam's champions, Queen Pharoah Hatshepsut of the 15th Dynasty, who had used it to bring peace to her kingdom. Upon Hatshepsut's death, the amulet became dormant.

Marriage

Upon holding the amulet and speaking, "I am Isis," Adrianna was transformed and instilled with the goddess's powers. She and Adam then began traveling the Middle East and freeing enslaved children, hoping to find Isis' kidnapped brother. In Week Sixteen of the series, Adam proposes to Isis, and the two are wed by Captain Marvel, with several other Marvel Family members (Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., Tawky Tawny the tiger and Uncle Dudley) present as members of the wedding party. It is suggested that the presence of Isis is having a calming influence on Black Adam, transforming him from the ruthless dictator he was before her arrival into a more benevolent figure.

Adrianna finally locates Amon, who has been tortured and crippled by Whisper A'Daire for refusing to join Intergang. Isis is unable to heal his wounds fully; Black Adam then asks Amon to say his name. Amon is stuck by a lightning bolt and transformed into Osiris. Now reunited with her brother, Isis decides "to change the world," starting with China. Coerced by her brother's will to act to change not only the world but the perception the world itself has of the Black Marvel Family, she coaxes Black Adam into joining them in a public revealing of their human identities and a public declaration of their good intentions for the future.

Apparently, this is not sufficient, as Amanda Waller forms a new Suicide Squad, sending the Persuader to badly injure Isis with his radioactive axe, able to damage both natural and her godly superpowered form. Osiris rushes to help, shredding the Persuader's body in half. Isis hugs a distraught and weeping Osiris, then they leave. These incidents are part of a calculated series of attacks by Intergang. The events brought about the death of Isis' brother, Osiris, at the hands of Sobek, which leads directly into a battle with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, contained in physical forms created by Intergang and Doctor Sivana.

Death

Isis dies when she is infected with diseases from the Horseman Pestilence, but not before driving off the Horseman Death and saving Adam. Before she dies, Isis tells Adam that she was wrong in trying to change him and to avenge her and Osiris's deaths. Several weeks later, a hand can be seen reaching for Isis's amulet, while her face can be seen within it.

Sometime after World War III, Black Adam, now powerless due to the actions of Captain Marvel, returned to Kahndaq and exhumed Isis' remains. He gathered her bones into a backpack and trekked across the Himalayan Mountains until he came to the location of a Lazarus Pit. Dropping the bones into the pit, the restorative chemicals inside resurrected Isis, and she was reunited with her husband.[1]

Countdown

Finally, Black Adam manages to end his quest for the amulet and reunites it with her now a complete skeleton. The spell apparently backfires, resulting in a shambling, rotting corpse and a seance in which Isis' spirit, before returning to death, swears eternal hate on her husband. Black Adam flees, laden with guilt, emptiness, and rage, and then Faust begins the real rite, having shown to Black Adam Ralph Dibny's skeleton as a way to hide the real Isis from him and blame "her" rotten condition on Black Adam's abuse of their now shared powers. So, Isis is able to be fully restored to life, even if bound to powerful spells to sap her will and bind her to mindless obedience. Now a mere puppet in his hands, Isis' magic is used to free him from his life imprisonment in Fate's Tower. Felix Faust then drags her away to a hideout, where it is strongly implied that he sexually assaults the paralyzed Isis.

Later, Black Adam, still mourning for her, finds a bloodied flower sprouting in their family shrine. He takes it as a sign that Isis is trying to communicate with him, which becomes apparent when he finds a larger collection of flowers in the shape of the Shazam lightning bolt symbol, pointing in the direction Adam must go to find her. Eventually, Black Adam finds Isis and Felix Faust, and Adam forces Faust to release Isis from his control. The resurrected Isis is far less merciful and forgiving than before and castrates Faust for his treatment of her. Reunited, Isis and Adam travel to the Rock of Eternity, where they banish Captain Marvel back to Earth as a powerless Billy Batson and begin setting a plan in motion to "cleanse the Earth" of evil their way, even recruiting Mary Marvel to their crusade. The Justice Society comes to the Rock of Eternity, seeking to help Billy, only for Isis to brutally attack them, even throwing Jay Garrick into the mists covering the Rock, from which there is no escape. During the course of the fight, the combatants end up in Kahndaq, where the people praise Black Adam's return. Isis then kills several of the followers, claiming that this new Earth taints them. Black Adam attempts to protect his people, only to be attacked by Mary and Billy, who Mary's power had tainted. At that point, Jay Garrick appears with the spirit of Billy's father and Shazam, whom the former had helped Jay recover from the Rock of Finality. Adam is convinced to return his power to Shazam so that he can save Isis from her corruption. In turn, Shazam takes the power from Isis, Billy, and Mary and transforms Teth-Adam and Adrianna into statues. Sometime later, a shadowy figure appears to the statues in a bolt of lightning, wanting them to be his "champions."

Titans for Hire

Osiris takes the statues from their place with him to his new home within a secret base funded by Deathstroke for his Titans. Osiris joins the team under the guise that Deathstroke will, at some point, be able to bring Isis and Black Adam back from their petrified state. Eventually, Isis is freed from her prison, but her body and powers reject her second resurrection as she no longer has a place on Earth. It violently upsets her use of her powers.[2] When she calms down she realizes that she has the chance to make her kingdom great once again and returns to Kahndaq as their ruler.[3]

Powers

  • Unique Physiology: According to Felix Faust, her exposure to the Amulet of Isis's magic caused her body and bones to retain a residual amount of its energy. The energy was potent enough to invoke a transformation associated with the Powers of Shazam.[4]
    • Powers of Isis: Adrianna possesses Isis's magical powers, who, according to Black Adam, is considered the Gods of Egypt's most powerful goddess whose power would make her more powerful than him. Formerly, these abilities were mainly derived from a magical amulet.[5] After her resurrection performed by Osiris on her stone form after being depowered by the Wizard, Adrianna possessed the Powers of Isis similarly to before, but unlike previous instances, she could wield her powers without the amulet. She possessed previous powers derived from the amulet.[2]
      • Mystical Transformation: Like other Champions of Shazam, Adrianna's transformation allows her to empower herself to her physical peak.[5]
        • Superhuman Strength: As Isis, Adrianna is strong enough to draw blood from Osiris.[6]
        • Superhuman Speed: Her speeds were great enough to keep up with Osiris, who possessed the Speed of Heru.[7] She was also fast enough to catch Power Girl and other JSA members off-guard.[8]
        • Superhuman Durability: Adrianna's powered form is durable enough to be bulletproof.[9]
      • Elemental Control: Adrianna possesses various elemental powers that enable her to control both the elements and natural phenomena at will.
        • Weather Manipulation: Isis can control weather patterns not directed by her Atmokinesis. Her ability to control the weather is attuned to her emotions as well. [10]
        • Chlorokinesis: Isis can manipulate and control plant life. She's created many different kinds of plants, some unknown even to her. She has used her powers to create a large tree to catch a falling demon; it grew to full size in mere seconds.[10]
        • Aerokinesis: Isis can control the winds, and they react to her will. She has created a tornado to rip open a military base with ease.[9]
        • Pyrokinesis: Isis can control the flow of lava within the earth's crust. She has directed the flow to erupt through the surface and engulf an enemy.[11]
        • Electrokinesis: Isis can control the thundering clouds and crackling lightning. She has used this in conjunction with the power of Shazam to create elaborate lightning storms and bathe her opponents in them.[11]
        • Geokinesis: Isis can control the various substances that make up common bedrock (earth: iron, granite, shale, limestone, etc.), creating seismic tremors when in extreme emotion.[11]
        • Hydrokinesis: Isis can control water and water-based solutions for a variety of effects. She can manipulate water currents, create whirlpools and columns, and boil or freeze vast bodies of water.[11]
      • Healing: Isis can heal flesh wounds. She has repaired minor and major wounds alike without any seeming digression. However, she was not able to repair deep tissue damage or nerve damage.[10]
      • Telekinesis: Isis is able to use the power of her mind to manipulate objects with her telekinesis.
      • Flight : Isis is able to fly at hypersonic speeds.

Abilities

  • Indomitable Will: Even while suppressed through Felix Faust's magic using the Scarab Necklace and Amulet of Isis to inhibit her powers under his sway, Adrianna was able to resist his control.[12]
  • Diplomacy: Adrianna is credited for having led Kahndaq competently alongside her husband and was considered very influential in leading him to be a better leader.[13]
  • Botany

Weaknesses

  • Vulnerability to Magic: While incredibly powerful, Adrianna was unable to counter Felix Faust's magical abilities when he possessed both the Amulet of Isis and the Scarab Necklace, two items imbued with the Power of Shazam, making her vulnerable to his magic.[12]
  • Resurrection Sickness: Isis claims that due to her subsequent resurrections, nature considers her a rejected subject and causes her powers to react sporadically. Although she later gained control, she may still be plagued by irrational thinking.[3]

Equipment

  • Amulet of Isis: Adrianna was gifted the Amulet of Isis, possessing a portion of the aforementioned goddess's power through the Powers of Shazam.[5] Before her resurrection, her powers mainly were derived from the amulet.


  • Isis' mortal name, Adrianna Tomaz, is an homage to Andrea Thomas, the Isis character featured in the 1975 Filmation television series, and the 1976 DC Comics series, Isis.
  • Although Isis died during the 52 event, it was not the last time she was seen in comics.[11] She is resurrected during the Dark Age[1] and again during the Titans for Hire series.[2]
  • Unlike most others familar with Billy Batson, Adrianna calls him by his first name, William.[12]
  • Captain Marvel expressed the Seven Deadly Sins found few flaws in Adrianna for them to exploit.[14]

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