(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
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;
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.
And the art for that arc sucked, too.
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.