Thursday, January 03, 2008

Profile: Marvel Girl 2

Rachel Summers, Marvel Girl 2
First appearance: Uncanny X-Men #141, January 1981. She was the daughter of Jean Grey from what turned out to be an alternate future (going by what Alan Moore once established, that would be Earth 811), and was a member of both X-Men and Excalibur for many years.

Current status: last time I checked, she’d taken up the title of Marvel Girl.

Was subjected to the following act of discrimination: Rachel once tried to settle a grudge with Selene Gallio, a member and Black Queen of the Hellfire Club who’d either committed some murders or tried to (Uncanny X-Men #207). But before Rachel could finish off Selene after besting her in a clash, Wolverine arrived on the scene and stopped her by stabbing her in the chest. Later, suffering from grave injuries, she was lured into Mojoworld where she ended up at the mercy of Spiral.

What’s wrong with how this was done? Many know that Logan, aka Wolverine, didn’t have a problem with killing criminals himself, right? So what’s the whole point of his stopping Rachel from giving Gallio a ticket to the morgue for her crimes, other than trying to stop her from claiming his title as the best at what he does? I see none. It was pure theater of the absurd, and made Wolverine look like a hypocrite.

And as if that weren’t bad enough, she’d been tortured by Spiral when trapped in Mojoworld, and was fortunate enough to escape there later on. (That she had possesion of the Phoenix Force for a time may have been tacky though.) She later took up the title once held by her mother, as Marvel Girl.


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