Rachel is the daughter of Julia Carpenter, the superhero formerly known as Spider-Woman and Arachne, now Madame Web. Although Rachel never went on the hero-path herself, she was witness to a lot of super-hero conflicts in her short life.
Rachel Carpenter was created by Danny Fingeroth and Tom Morgan and first appeared in Iron Man Volume 1 issue 214 (1987).
Major Story Arcs
Avengers and Custody
Not soon after her mother got superhuman powers, Rachel's mother started to work freelance for the West Coast Avengers. During this time, Rachel had some troubles in her position of being the child of divorced parents. Both Rachel's father and her mother filed for custody of her, which was eventually won by her mother.
When the Avengers West Coast division was terminated, Rachel joined her mother to the superhero group known as Force Works. Rachel and her mother even moved into the base of the group called, The Works. After the group disbanded Rachel and her mom moved from the complex and bought a house in the city. She and her mother lived there for some time.
Rachel's relaxed childhood all changed the moment the super-hero Civil War broke out. Although Rachel's mother was registered, she was secretly helping the underground resistance of the superhero community. When this came out, Julia tried to flee with her daughter. She was about to leave the country with Rachel when she was caught and imprisoned. Rachel was however brought safely to her grandparents in Colorado. After Julia broke free, she and Rachel fled to Canada. When the registration law was discharged Rachel and her mother returned to America.