Ok so I wanted to create this thread for discussion on Rachel Grey- Summers also known as the former Mrs Hawk and current Mrs Koays lol.
Anyway with Jean Grey now back in full swing and even a return for Hope Summers and a seeming focus on a new kid Cable (Lord the stupidity)...there's no mention of Rachel these days. This seems to happen whenever Jean returns and even in the last few books like Xmen Gold and Xmen Red, Rachel was just always being mindraped, possessed and regressed...just basically a disservice and disrespect to her character. In all honesty though it seems her time as an Xmen character has just passed but that argument could be made for most of them. And it's difficult to point to definitive stories for her. My question then is....what can be done to save or reinvent/revamp her character?
Just a few thoughts I have:
Because she is always protrayed as a replacement for Jean and virtually has the same powerset, the argument that she's redundant and unnecessary can be a strong one. I think she needs to be shown as something completely separate. If Xavier or Psylocke or even Emma back in Morrison's days can coexist on a team with Jean then so could Rachel. One thing that might help is changing her codename or actually giving her one. Jean Grey though she's been Marvel Girl and Phoenix just really goes by Jean. Rachel has largely been stuck the same way adding more life to the argument of comparison. Gold tried to change it with giving her the name Prestige and while the effort was ok the name was stupid and just didn't work. Mike Carey had the better idea in Age of X when she was Revenant. She's a ghost of a past/future timeline and so the name fits. Plus having psychic abilities also goes hand in hand with the name. This might go some way to helping distinguish her from Jean and change the perception of redundancy.
I also think redefining or just changing her abilities would do something similar. I actually hate that she's so powerful yet always regressed to being controlled by others. Not that we should downplay the villains in this instance but it just keeps happening with her. I mean to be so powerful she's frequently getting gassed similar to how Jean was in the animated series before she became Phoenix. Changing her powers or even playing into this might help. I guess to explain I would use Sage as an example in that she actually shutdown her telepathy in order to protect herself. Maybe Rachel could do the same and just focus on being a powerful telekinetic. Why not have all her powers be based in kinesis instead of just a carbon copy of her mothers. So bring back the chronokinesis but define it. Maybe she has the ability like Tempo to speed up or slow down objects and time around her but within a certain radius, Bendis actually had a good idea with the creation of Tempus but then he squandered it by Mary Sueing her. Give Rachel limits to her chronokinesis. If she still uses her telepathy then make it that she has to be touching an object or person and then she has internal visions of the past or future like psychokinesis. I also say allow her tp instead of being about mindreading let it be more offensive in that it manifest as psionic pyrokinesis or cosmic pyrokinesis. Since she's Jean and Scott's kid making it where she constantly absorbs cosmic energy and metabolizes it to augment her powers would make that connection clear since for whatever reason Scott and Jeans kids only seem to inherit Jeans psychic ability and run around like Gods all the time.
Finally and this is probably the hardest but why not change or reinvent/revamp her origin story. It's not really all that convoluted but then again it is. Her being from Earth 811 and time traveling back to 616 and forward to being Askani and all is just...well it can be a bit much. Don't really know how to do this but her history could stand being cleaned up somewhat. I know how I would adapt the character to fit in the movie-verse but comics is a bit different. But if they just changed Iceman randomly and with no basis then why not do the same for Rachel. Remove that objection to her character and it gives her a blank slate and may generate some interest in knowing her new or even real backstory versus just what we thought we knew.
I know this is rather long but Ive been on hiatus for a while and it's boring after the holiday so anyway let's discuss ideas. Your thoughts?