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Rachel Verlaine

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Real name
Rachel Verlaine
Aliases
Mambo
Alignment
Relatives
Theodore Verlaine (father, deceased)
Universe
Base of operations
New York

Characteristics
Gender
Hair
Status
Occupation
Police officer
Origin
Origin
Has alien parasite
Place of birth
Maldoror
Creators
First appearance
Last appearance

2000 AD prog 889
2000 AD prog 1023

History

Detective Rachel Verlaine was born on Maldoror, home to the no-longer-human New Flesh. Her father, Theodore Verlaine, was a scientist investigating them, and her mother died giving birth to her. At the age of ten the New Flesh forcibly infected Rachel with the Omuli parasite, which gave her the same paranormal abilities they had: psychic powers and shapeshifting. Rachel's father sent her back to Earth, where she grew up and became the most efficient cop in 21st century New York. The parasite lay dormant within her, but was reactivated when she received a message from her dead father.

Rachel then found herself engaged in a deadly conflict with Dorian Ventris of the Ventris Corporation, her father's former employer. Ventris had been made both hideously deformed (appropriately enough) and insane by a chemical Theodore Verlaine had derived from the parasite, and thought that Rachel was the key that would grant him full control of the mysterious power of the New Flesh.

Powers and abilities

Powers

Psychic abilities; flying; existing unaided in space; shapeshifting.

Abilities

Has the highest clear-up rate of any police officer in New York.

Strength level

Probably superhuman.

Weaknesses

Disfigured by the parasite, Rachel hides her facial deformity behind a half mask.

Paraphernalia

Weapons

Blaster; any teeth, claws or spiky bits she can grow on her body.

Notes

There were three series of Mambo, in 2000 AD progs 889 to 896 (The New Flesh), 940 to 947 (Fleshworld) and 1014 to 1023 (Fleshworks).

Trivia

'Mambo', meaning 'spiritual leader', was the name given to Rachel by the New Flesh.

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