Beverly Allen--The Bee, with honey and stinger
"If humans have souls, then clones will have them, too."--Arthur Caplan
That's a great point, I think that version of how time travel works is perfect.
Rachel knows from experience that she can't change the past, she only makes alternate timelines. I don't even think she can 'switch minds' with alternate versions past/future of herself because somehow she has removed herself from the continuum (no alternate timeline counterparts).
I think writers can use her time powers in limited ways and it would still be workable. She can only chronoskim with lengthy meditation, so it's not like it's a combat power set (like switching your enemies mind with a baby's). I can only see this being useful if they need the skills of someone and switch them from the past or future to the present. I can see her using astral projection through time as a kind of precognition, but I don't think she's skilled enough to determine if it's the right timeline or if she created an alternate timeline... or if her actions or any other actions will automatically change the timeline before she gets back into her body to act. (I guess this is what Mother Askani practiced until she was over 100 years old).
Plus, she can only physically timetravel with a huge power boost (ie supernova like in Cable or the Phoenix Force). She can keep a stable field of time around her... that's handy for when she might have to time travel on a mission. I think the key to individualizing her power set is to incorporate her time powers with her telepathy and telekinesis, like the use of psychometry in recent Uncanny issues. She can see the future/past events based on touching matter. She can recall 'telepathic energy' (like in Deadly Genesis). There's a lot the imagination can come up with... that's why her potential is limitless.
I'd still like to see how this Hound identity can be used to create a unique power set. I like how she tracks using residual psi signatures or thought patterns. Since she's an expert at sub-atomic TK... how about tracking via traces of DNA. Maybe she can be more 'physical' with her psychic powers instead of just putting up TK shields (barely) and being a telepathic switch board. Perhaps, she can do more hound like stuff like fry the nervous system or disable higher brain functions, scare people with illusions, use TK to change body functions, put micro black holes in their bodies... all the nasty stuff that Rachel has always been too 'nice' to do.
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X-Poser of the Year 2012
At least some news from WonderCon:
Plans for the X-Men left in space—Havok, Rachel Summers? "We have plans, but nothing we can speak about just yet," Cebulski said.
No telling what the plans are. I think it's likely that they'll reintroduce Rachel, Alex and Lorna in the X-Men Unlimited style mini-series that accompanies the new status quo following Second Coming.
I guess that's better than, 'they haven't been forgotten'. I can't wait until 2014!
X-Poser of the Year 2012
Isn't Rachel the daughter of Phoenix, not the actual Jean Grey? Has anyone ever really clarified it or not? wouldn't Jean still be at the bottom of the bay? I still don't think she is or ever will be Logans daughter
I'm not sure there's exactly a story to tell about their return, unless it's just a space adventure, in anything other than an 8 page story.
Already there have been a string of characters coming back and going "WTF?" to Scott and Emma, and post-Second Coming once Kitty becomes corporeal again, she'll have that role.
Its hard to say how they play it. If they decide that they aren't in space and they are really on Earth there are a boat load of things they could do like say they did arrive home, but they had been captured by some big bad. Suffice it to say we are low on facts at the moment. But, like you said today there are alot of big conventions coming up... so we will see.
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I'd rather she not get stuck as the one to criticize Scott & Emma yet again. It will probably just result in her getting yelled at by Scott and pwned by Emma again, ugh no thanks.
Maybe she'll end up in Legacy. Carey is very good at rehabilitating characters that have been inactive.