Saturday, December 26, 2009

Retrospective 2009: Psylocke

Hey everyone! The year is almost ending, and this is probably the last post of 2009. I'm going to take a few days off and travel for a time. This is the place where you can talk about everything that happened to Psylocke in 2009: your favorite stories, favorite writers, favorite artists, favorite quotes, etc. And here's a little recap to refresh your memory. Have fun and Happy New Year!

Uncanny X-Men #519 Art

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #519 Spoilers

Spoilers: A friend of the Morlock girl who died last issue asks Fantomex for help to deal with the rogue Predator X. In Utopia, Emma decides to enter Scott's mind and lure the Void away. Madison Jeffries finds out that upon killing the Predators X, 784 trillion recording nanobots were released from their corpses all across the island in order to spy on the X-Men. Magneto comes up with something to stop the island from sinking, but he needs the help of Namor. Inside Scott's mind, Emma tries to get him to safety, while the Void teases Scott taking the form of Jean Grey. Scott tells Emma to leave his mind and cuts her out. Psylocke wonders if she should lobotomize Cyclops, but Emma begs Professor X to let him fight the Void. Scott manages to trap the Void inside his black box and frees himself from its influence. Beast thinks about everything he's been through and decides to leave the X-Men.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

X-Men: Legacy #231 Spoilers

Spoilers: While the X-Men fight the TO-virus zombies, Blindfold relays Destiny's message to Cyclops: there's a cancer in Muir Island. Cyclops orders Nightcrawler to lead an away team to check out what's going on there. Nightcrawler, Rogue, Magneto, Psylocke, Colossus, Husk, Trance and Blindfold finally reach Muir Island. Magnetos hits on Rogue, but she rejects him. Colossus wonders if Psylocke has lost her telekinesis, but she proves him wrong. Meanwhile, Destiny manages to escape from Necrosha by stealing a seaplane. As there's no sign of opposition in Muir Island, the X-Men begin to doubt Blindfold's vision, especially Trance and Husk. Ruth feels "his" presence and runs away. She meets Destiny, who tells her the vision was all part of "his" plans to lure the X-Men. Blindfold is confused, and while she touches Destiny, her body is possessed by something strange. Rogue finally finds Ruth, but Blindfold is no more: Proteus has taken over.

Notes: I'll post spoilers for Uncanny later. There's nothing special about it.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Psylocke #1 (2nd Printing Variant) On Sale Tomorrow

The second printing of Psylocke #1 will go on sale tomorrow! It features the interior art of Tolibao on a new wraparound cover! Here's your chance to pick it up, if you haven't already. Make sure to get Psylocke #2 too. Support this series, buy it!


Psylocke makes an appearance as one of the many other X-Babies in the third issue of the four issue mini series.

Cute! Maybe she'll appear in the final issue as well.

Monday, December 21, 2009

X-Solicits for March 2010

X-Men: Second Coming
Written by: Christopher Yost & Craig Kyle
Pencils & Variant Cover by: David Finch
Cover by: Adi Granov
Many will be wounded. Several will die.
The climax of four years of X-Men stories is the X-Event of 2010! What started in House of M with the Decimation of mutantkind and erupted with the first new mutant birth in Messiah Complex finishes here. In the epic crossover Second Coming, Cyclops' faith pays off when Cable returns to the present with Hope, the girl he believes to be the mutant messiah. But will she be the savior or destroyer of mutantkind? We may never know, as she is the target of an initiative for mutant eradication unlike anything they X-Men have ever experienced. Many will be wounded. Several will die. Is Hope worth it?

Uncanny X-Men #522
Written by: Matt Fraction
Pencils by: Whilce Portacio
Cover by: Terry Dodson
Variant Cover by: TBA
She's been gone for a long time, but she's coming back. This isn't a hoax. This isn't a joke. *Classified* is back in this over-sized special issue of Uncanny X-Men.

X-Force #25
Written by: Christopher Yost & Craig Kyle
Pencils & Cover by: Clayton Crain
Variant Cover by: Clayton Crain
Necrosha Ends Here!
Everything Destiny foretold has come true. The Black Queen has become the Dark Goddess, but X-Force's mission stands... kill her. But how do you fight a god with claws, knives and guns? And how many members will X-Force lose before the fight is over? Part six (of six).

Kotobukiya Psylocke Bishoujo Statue Shown Off Following hot on the heels of the first three Marvel Comics Bishoujo Collection Statues (Rogue, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch) comes the mysterious and beautiful telepathic ninja mutant Psylocke! Once a British woman with minor mutant powers, Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock's mind was transferred into the body of a ninja giving her additional martial arts prowess. A long-time member of the X-Men, Psylocke now stars in her very own comic book series.

Here, the mutant heroine is presented for the first time in the Japanese Bishoujo (pretty girl) style based on original character art by illustrator Shunya Yamashita. Psylocke is a warrior woman to the core, striking a deadly pose with twin Japanese swords at the ready. The alluring curves of her body are accentuated by her skimpy, skin-tight costume that leaves little to the imagination and the high heeled boots that draw attention to her shapely legs. As Psylocke twists to face her foes her long hair fans out behind her, surrounding her beautiful Bishoujo-styled facial sculpt. The sexy mutant's bright blue costume and purple hair nicely offset her pale skin. Standing approximately 9 inches tall (in 1/8 scale with the other Marvel Bishoujo statues), Psylocke was sculpted by Yu Ishii. Packaged in an attractive window box, along with an exclusive X-Men logo base, the deadly mutant is constructed of high-quality pvc plastic. Estimated Arrival - Jun/Jul 2010.

Friday, December 18, 2009

X-Men: Legacy #231 & Uncanny X-Men #519 Previews

X-Men: Legacy #231
Cover by: Adi Granov
Writer: Mike Carey
Pencils: Clay Mann
Inks: Danni Miki, Allen Martinez & Walden Wong
Colored by: Brian Reber
Lettered by: VC's Cory Petit

The Story: The Necrosha event hits X-Men: Legacy Selene’s masterplan is clicking into place, but she got something she didn’t plan for when Destiny was brought back to life. A major X-Villain came back with Destiny and a who’s who of X-Men are sent to Muir Island to deal with them. Join Nightcrawler, Colossus, Psylocke, Rogue (if she makes it through #230 alive) and a new member (who’s so secret we can’t mention him here) as they dive into Necrosha. Part 1 (of 3)

In Stores: December 23, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #519
Cover by: Greg Land
Writer: Matt Fraction
Pencils: Terry Dodson
Inks: Rachel Dodson
Colored by: Justin Ponsor
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna

The Story: Cyclops takes a voyage into the head of Emma Frost in hopes of containing the horrifying piece of the villainous Void that has been stuck there since Utopia. Can they possibly defeat the awfulness that has haunted the most powerful being in the Marvel U? Tensions are rising on Utopia as the X-Men deal with the new members of their team and the fact that the island is… well… sinking. And Wolverine and a classic pal take one of the craziest journies you’ve ever seen. Parts 4 and 5 (of 8).

In Stores: December 23, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

In March Marvel Shows How To Break Into Comics

Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way #2 Cover

Newsarama: In early 2010 Marvel will debut two-issue series called Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way, a showcase that will not only spotlight a group of up-and-coming “breakout” artists, but also serve as a resource book giving tools, instruction, and advice to aspiring creators looking to become the future generation of Marvel “Young Guns”.

Each of the two 56-page issues will feature 6 brand new 8-page stories written by Marvel stars like Brian Bendis, Peter David, Mike Carey, Jonathan Hickman, and Marc Guggenheim, illustrated by one of the “Breakout” artists found during “ChesterQuest”, along with insider commentary from Cebulski on how the featured artists got their work seen and how they landed a Marvel gig, as well as comprehensive submissions information and a sample Marvel script.

Newsarama: Can you mention some of them specifically? Some details on the characters/stories we mean.

Jordan D. White: We've got an untold tale of the New Avengers from Brian Bendis. A new Peter David Hulk story. Mike Carey takes us into the history of Psylocke for a look at her past and powers.

Uncanny X-Men #519: First Look

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Women of Marvel

Here is a cover (to what yet I don't know) of Women of Marvel. Marvel is having some sort of event involving the women of the Marvel universe, they are also releasing special variants on certain titles featuring different female Marvel characters. Here is a great piece by J. Scott Campbell among the gorgeous women is Psylocke herself!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Nation X #2 First Look

Psylocke cameos in Northstar's story in Nation X #2 to be released on January 13. Writing and pencils are by Tim Fish.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Psylocke #2 Art

Support this series. Buy it.

Randy Bowen Psylocke statue painted!

Here is the final product of the new Randy Bowen Psylocke statue! Being released from what I understand next summer time.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Psylocke #2 Spoilers

Spoilers: The issue starts out in Dubai, Saudi Arabia 48hrs ago. A man named Fahd Alireza finds what looks like his wife or lover being held with a blade to her throat by a hand ninja. The ninja slits her throat and says "Matsu'o Tsurayaba sends his regards." Fahd makes the entire building explode somehow with his powers and he says Matuo's name. The issue cuts to Psylocke flash backing to the moment she was washed up on the shores of Japan, she awakes to find hand ninjas around her and they take her to Matsu'o. She talks about how he transformed her into Kwannon's body and how she was brainwashed into believing she was Kwannon. After psyknifing Wolverine she regained her true memories and identity. After Kwannon dies she mentions how she made peace with Matsu'o until he had her original British body destroyed. Back in real time Psylocke arrives at the 77 Club in Tokyo, Japan where Psylocke fights Matsu'o's thugs and until she rips the whereabouts of Matsu'o out of one of their minds telepathically. Meanwhile in the Kabukiiho District, Tokyo it cuts to Wolverine drinking at a bar with a pile of dead thugs behind him. Psylocke arrives at Matsu'o's hideout as she remembers her old life again and how her body was destroyed she says that tonight she will settle everything with Mastu'o. Meanwhile Matsu'o is trying to make contact wit his body guards as Psylocke takes them out one by one. The last one she what looks like telepathically kills, grabs his headset and speaks to Matsu'o saying she is there for him. Suddenly someone takes Betsy by surprise and knocks her to the ground. It turns out to be Yukio, she is surprised to see Psylocke and asks if she was there to help her. Meanwhile a small jet crashes in Japan and the reporter reporting sees Fahd emerge from the flames as she sees him he blows up the surrounding airplanes, ambulances. Psylocke asks Yukio if she is working for Matsu'o she says that she isn't and that she is there on a favor and then asks why Psylocke is there. After Psylocke tells her that she's there to cut his heart out Yukio says "Well, then. That changes everything." Yukio tells her that she is there to stop her from killing Matsu'o. She won't tell Betsy who sent her or why she wants to stop Betsy so Psylocke attempts to take it from her mind. Yukio fills her head with a faux image of Wolverine attacking Matus'o. Yukio takes Psylocke off guard and attacks her. The issue then cuts to Wolverine visiting Mariko Yashida's grave with flowers. Psylocke gets frustrated with fighting with Yukio and tells her that she has already asked why she's there, but doesn't care anymore. Psylocke aggressively fights Yukio. Yukio tells her that she isn't being herself. Psylocke knocks Yukio out and says "You have no idea who I am." Psylocke proceeds into the hideaout and calls out for Matus'o saying that she's going to correct his mistake against her. Fahd emerges from the shadows and asks Betsy where Matus'o is. Psylocke says "Excuse me?" and Fahd replies with "No." as he detonates the entire building.

To be continued!

Make sure to go out and buy this issue not just read the spoilers and support this series!

Uncanny X-Men #518 Art

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #518 Spoilers

Spoilers: A Predator X kills a Morlock in NY. In Utopia, Professor X performs a psychic surgery in Emma's mind by linking it to Cyclops's mind. Scott plans to lure the Void out. Psylocke is needed in case something goes wrong. Meanwhile, the Science Team requests Magneto's help in order not to let the island sink. Scott enters Emma's mind, but has problems dealing with the several versions of Emma trying to make him leave. Professor X and Psylocke help by keeping him in place. Outside, Beast complains to Iceman about Cyclops' ways and everything he's been through these past few days. Bobby tells him Scott needs his friends by his side and that Beast isn't doing anything to help. Scott tells Emma to fight the Void back and head towards the sounds of his thoughts. When she finally reaches him, the Void leaves Emma, who turns into flesh once more, but she realizes that the Void is now inside Cyclops' mind. It wanted him all along.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

X-Position: Mike Carey

CBR X-Position: I have a very specific question about Psylocke's powers. I know she now is both a telepath and a telekinetic, and that Jamie Braddock enhanced Psylocke's telekinesis to a level even Rachel Summers could not match. He also made her immune to reality-warpers like Proteus, telepaths like the Shadowking, and highly resistant to magic. However, since her return and body-switch at the hands of "the Red Queen," this no longer seems to be the case.

In "Uncanny X-Men" #512, she even seemed to be unable to fly as Angel had to fly her into the Sentinel. For a telekinetic who was supposed to be able to "shatter mountains," she should have been easily able to deal with this primitive Sentinel on her own. Have Jamie's manipulations been undone (or have worn off) by the Red Queen? Or does this mean that Jamie lost his fight to the First Fallen?

I'll chime in here, Mike. Hi! X-Editor Nick Lowe, here! Your assumptions are correct, Saul. She didn't come back the same way that you last saw her. The way I look at it, she's got the same amount of power, but it's spread in different ways, between the telepathy and the telekinesis. Her TK is a lot more limited than it was, but it's still there, as you'll see in X-MEN: LEGACY #231.

X-Men: Legacy #230

X-Men: Legacy #231

Saul, you may also want to check out the "Psylocke" limited series currently on the stands written by Christopher Yost. It reviews her past, present, and other Psylocke-ological aspects of her powers and personality. Okay, X-plug over.