(It took forever to think up a title for this post!)
Today I'd like to delve into a topic which bothers me incredibly- Rachel Grey, the alternate future daughter of Jean Grey and Cyclops. Although, come to think of it, I think she showed up around the mid 80s, can it really be called an alternate future anymore?
At any rate, she apparently attended Xavier's as a child (note the fact that her appearance occurred while the only real students of the school were the New Mutants, and therefore the student body wasn't even really big enough to call a private school), where she was when sentinels attacked and killed everyone...except her, who they captured and trained as a ' hound'. She was spared because of her telepathic powers, which were then used to track and kill other mutants, and is stated to have killed her fair share of innocents. She escaped into the past, stuff happened, and I'm quite certain her character page sums it up far better than I could. At any rate, she showed up out of the blue one day in the 80s.
Firstly, I'd like to say that I don't dislike her for being the progeny of Jean and Cyclops. That would be a really stupid reason to dislike anyone, let alone a comic book character. I dislike her for a variety of reasons, which are, in no particular order:
1) Her odd fixation with Jean Grey
Okay, sure, her parents were killed when she was young (possibly 12?), which would majorly affect anyone. But even when you take that factor into consideration, her fixation with Jean Grey is kind of...well, weird. She comprehends and accepts the fact that she comes from an alternate time line, and that Jean is actually not technically her mother (Jean has not given birth to Rachel (and will not, ever, in this timeline)), nor is Cyclops her father, but she seems to refuse to behave as though they were not her actual parents. She calls Jean 'mom' almost constantly when addressing her, and after she informs Cyclops of her parentage, she calls him 'dad' fairly frequently as well. 2) She tends to be really obnoxious at the strangest times
Mind you, both Jean and (eventually, when he's informed) Cyclops are incredibly cool with the whole thing. I mean, sure, they do correct her every once in a while, but they're really nice about it. At their wedding, Jean clearly states that she wishes she had a daughter like Rachel. Even if you take into consideration that Rachel has been through her share of pain and suffering and whatnot, how many of you can honestly say you'd be so unphased by this young woman you've never met suddenly showing up and calling you 'Mom'? And for that matter, how would you react when she kept doing it all the time? I'd be really, really pissed off, personally.
This lovely quality of hers tends to branch out into my next point;
3) She is crazy easy to manipulate
This would be a lot
less irritating if other characters actually reacted to her behaviour realistically. Rachel gets treated like a 'nice, trustworthy, caring individual', just like Jean...or, you know, any other poorly-made character in the series. But she doesn't really live up to it
. Between her creepy idolization of the dead mother she didn't really know (and her subsequently adopting herself as Jean Grey's daughter) and the constant reminders of how she's 'powerful, like Jean', she has the odd tendency to freak out at things that seem...well, not worthy of freaking out about. Not only does she repeatedly whine and angst about the whole 'not being born yet', after she re-appears (after quite a while, mind you) and discovers Jean is dead and Cyclops is with Emma
, she really cranks up the rude meter. Now faced with the fact that she will probably never be born, not only does she seize every opportunity to display her disapproval of her 'father' 's new girlfriend, but she actively provokes Emma whenever possible. I'd like to think that the average person would probably yell at Cyclops a bit for cheating on their mother (probably?), sulk for a little while, and then gradually accept things and at least try
to like (or get to know) the new girlfriend...but no. Rachel displays an astounding lack of maturity by refusing to even attempt to co-exist with Emma.
And her tantrums aren't limited to that; on one occasion she yells at Psylocke
for coming back from the dead, instead of Jean. I mean, sure, anyone would be thinking that it's kind of unfair that their loved ones don't seem to get resurrected often enough, but not only are they not stupid or rude enough to say this to whoever was recently brought back to life, but she's yelling about Jean Grey not coming back to life
. What's Jean's death count, like 10? At least? The woman is the goddamn Phoenix,
she can't seem to manage the whole 'staying dead' bit. Psylocke has only come back from the dead on that one occasion,
and is therefore not deserving of Rachel's ire.
4) She is probably going to be part of some really annoying plot twist at some point in the future
The girl turned herself into a freaking Saurian
with minimal persuasion! I mean come on
, she really got into it and everything! Whoever wrote that whole story arc really, really needs to rethink their choice of career.
And the art for that arc sucked, too.
So, thoughts, conspiracy theories, anyone?
The girl displays absolutely no traits that could be attributed to Cyclops. Ordinarily, I wouldn't make this point, but this is the goddamn X-men
, every child of every (important, at least) character bears at least SOME similarity to each of their parents. That's how the reader is able to easily suspect that they're related. Take into account the fact that every other child of Cyclops
(at the very least) has at least something one can argue is inherited from him, and Rachel seems even more suspicious. She looks exactly like her mother
, has the same
powers as her, and has even been a host to the goddamn Phoenix force. Almost everything about her screams clone
, and we're supposed to believe she's Cyclops' child?
I keep suspecting that she'll turn out to be the child of the Phoenix force and Jean Grey, or another of Sinister
's clones, or some other ridiculous plot twist, and I really, really hope I'm wrong. Not only because of the fact that I cannot stand her
, but also because it would display an incredible lack of originality on the writer's part, and I would probably stop reading the series.