Thursday, January 3, 2013

Psylocke • 2012

Retrospective 2012: Psylocke. It's that time of the year! Talk about everything that happened to Psylocke in 2012 -- your favorite stories, favorite writers, favorite artists, favorite quotes, etc. And here's our usual little recap to refresh your memory! Happy new year! :D

JANUARY

X-Men #23
• Machines of War, Chapter 4
Psylocke deactivates the Sentinels with the guidance of Madison Jeffries, ending the Sentinel thread in Puternicstan.


Uncanny X-Men #4
• Phalanx of One
Psylocke joins the Extinction team in order to stop a Phalanx from killing people.


X-Club #2
• We Do Science!, Chapter 2
The X-Men and Psylocke try to subdue a rogue Danger.



Wolverine and the X-Men #4
• Just Another Day in Westchester County
Psylocke and X-Force visit the Jean Grey School and reveal to Beast and Kitty their existence, while leaving Angel and Evan at their hands.


Uncanny X-Force #20

• Otherworld, Chapter 1
Psylocke is taken to Otherworld, where she learns of the Battle that is taking place. Brian and Jamie Braddock want her by their side to punish Fantomex for his crimes.

Uncanny X-Men #5 
• Tabula Rasa, Chapter 1
Psylocke brings the Tabula Rasa incident to the Extinction team’s attention. Magneto knows she's involved in it, but promises to keep it a secret.

Generation Hope #15 
• Untitled
Psylocke subdues an amnesiac Sebastian Shaw when Hope's team bring him to Utopia.
 

FEBRUARY

Uncanny X-Force #21
• Otherworld, Chapter 2
Psylocke takes up the Lady Briton mantle and rescues Fantomex from the Braddocks. Betsy heads to the Forest of Sorrows and makes a deal with Krokwel.

Uncanny X-Men #6
• Tabula Rasa, Chapter 2
Psylocke and Magneto meet the "Immortal Man", witnissing him murdering the Tabula Rasa native.


X-Men #24
• Open Contract, Chapter 1
Psylocke and the X-Men look for Jubilee, who's been missing ever since their last mission.


Deadpool #50
• Dead,Chapter 1
Deadpool sets up X-Force to track down the anti-healing factor serum he wants for him.


Uncanny X-Men #7
• Tabula Rasa, Chapter 3
The X-Men battle Bad Apex, who reveals his plans to use all the Celestial energies he had stored to rebirth his species.


Uncanny X-Force #22
• Otherworld, Chapter 3
Psylocke and Fantomex are ambushed by the Skinless Man, who is seeking revenge against both of them.


X-Men #25
• Open Contract, Chapter 2
Psylocke and the X-Men head to the South China Sea, where they end up facing the Forgiven and finding Jubilee.


Deadpool #51
• Dead,Chapter 2
X-Force battles the Hand, since X-Force believed Kingpin had the serum that could negate Deadpool's healing factor.


MARCH

Uncanny X-Men #8
• Tabula Rasa, Chapter 4
Magneto tells Psylocke that he brought down the murals revealing X-Force's involvement with Tabula Rasa, assuring they're on the same side.

X-Men #26
• Open Contract, Chapter 3
Psylocke is taken out by a psionic white noise generator, when bounty hunters coming after Raizo's dead face the X-Men.


Deadpool #52
• Dead,Chapter 3
X-Force attacks Kingpin's headquarters while growing suspicious of Deadpool, who ultimately betrays them.


Generation Hope #17
• Untitled
Psylocke is among the mutants being controlled by Zero, who's seeking to destroy Hope.


Uncanny X-Force #23
• Otherworld, Chapter 4
Psylocke learns that The Goat is none other than Jamie Braddock's future self, so she telepathically forces Brian to kill Jamie, endind the threat.

APRIL

Deadpool #53
• Dead,Chapter 4
Deadpool taunts X-Force for being suckers and doing his bidding.


Uncanny X-Men #10
• Untitled
Psylocke tells Cyclops that Agent Brand wants to see him.


Uncanny X-Force #24
• Frozen Moment
Psylocke attends Jamie Braddock's funeral and reveals to Fantomex that she gave up her sorrow to save him. Betsy and Fantomex have sex.

X-Men #27
• Open Contract, Chapter 4
After the bounty hunters after Raizo's head are defeated, the X-Men say goodbye to Jubilee who wants to be with the vampires.


Avengers vs. X-Men #2
• Round 2
Psylocke fights Spider-Woman during the battle between Avengers and X-Men, taking place at Utopia.


MAY

Uncanny X-Force #25
• Final Execution, Chapter 1: Purity; Appetite for Destruction
Psylocke dismisses Fantomex and decides to quit X-Force. Betsy also visits Angel at the Jean Grey school.


Wolverine and the X-Men #10
• Avengers vs. X-Men... vs. X-Men
Psylocke fights Spider-Man during the battle between Avengers and X-Men, taking place at Utopia.


Deadpool #54
• Dead,Chapter 5
X-Force ultimately helps Deadpool into saving his friend, Bob.



Uncanny X-Men #12
• Untitled
Cyclops sends the X-Men to different places to confuse the Avengers. Psylocke, Magneto, Icemand and Angel head to Wundagore Mountain.

Avengers vs. X-Men #4
• Round 4
Psylocke helps Angel to fight Hawkeye



Wolverine and the X-Men #11
• Got Hope?
Psylocke, Iceman and Angel fight Dr. Strange, Hawkeye and Red Hulk at Wundagore Mountain.


JUNE

Uncanny X-Men #13
• Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?
Psylocke, Magneto and Storm regret they couldn't be on the Moon, helping the others against the Avengers.


Uncanny X-Force #26
• Final Execution, Chapter 2: Everything Right is Wrong Again
The Shadow Kings taints Psylocke with illusions of Angel, Professor Xavier and Jamie Braddock, breaking her down.

X-Men #30
• Blank Generation, Chapter 1
Psylocke and the X-Men stop a rampaging mutant monster, getting a sample from him after he dies.


Avengers vs. X-Men #6
• Round 6
Psylocke enjoyy the dat in a post-Phoenix Five peaceful world.



Astonishing X-Men #51
• Untitled
Psylocke attends Northstar and Kyle's wedding.



X-Men #31
• Blank Generation, Chapter 2
Psylocke uses her telepathy on a new monster and finds out where he is coming from and starts following him.


JULY

Uncanny X-Men #15
• This Strange Unpleasant Land, Chapter 1
Psylocke and Magneto talk about The Phoenix Five and their actions, while growing suspicious of Danger.


Avengers vs. X-Men #7
• Round 7
Colossus's team of X-Men, which includes Psylocke, Sunspot, Magma and Danger head to New York where they face Captain America, Spiderman, Daredevil and Luke Cage.

Uncanny X-Force #27
• Final Execution, Chapter 3: The World Won't Stop Without You
Psylocke is recued from Shadow King's illusions by Fantomex, who ends up dying. Betsy returns to Cavern X, which is ultimately nuked.

AvX VS #4
• Daredevil vs. Psylocke
Psylocke and Daredevil fight in NYC. Daredevil makes Betsy question her reasons and runs away.


New Avengers #28
• Breakout from the X-Brig 
Psylocke appears in Danger's virtual reality simulation.



Uncanny X-Men #16
• This Strange Unpleasant Land, Chapter 2
Psylocke, Magneto, Storm and Danger decide to follow the Phoenix Five in Sinister London, witnissing Sinister getting the upper hand over their teammates.

X-Men #32
• Blank Generation, Chapter 3
Psylocke telepathically calms down the proto-mutant and, before he dies, enters his mind and finds all about Dr. Gray and what he's doing.


Uncanny X-Force #28
• Final Execution, Chapter 4: Days of Preemptive Future
Psylocke and X-Force are teleported to 30 years into the future. She finds out her future self is the leader of a world where killing preemptively is acceptable and decides to kill herself.

AUGUST

X-Men #33
• Blank Generation, Chapter 4
Psylocke pin-points Dr. Gray's lab by tracking his mind. She's ultimately very touched by the pro-mutants' demise since they were telepathically connected.

Uncanny X-Force #29
• Final Execution, Chapter 5: No Trust in Tomorrow
Psylocke is healed by her future self, who sends her and X-Force back to the 616-Universe.


X-Men #34
• Subterraneans, Chapter 1
Psylocke and Domino infiltrate a cult to find out more about their using the proto-mutant's sample in humans.


Avengers vs. X-Men #10
• Round 10
Psylocke is gathered with the X-Men and Avengers, facing the Phoenix Five.


Uncanny X-Men #17
• This Strange Unpleasant Land, Chapter 3
Psylocke, Magneto, Storm and Danger try to infiltrate Sinsiter's castle, but are attacked by Sabretooth and Madelyne Pryor clones.


AvX VS #5
• Angel vs. Hawkeye
Hawkeye threatens to shoot an arrow at Psylocke if Angel doesn't stop pursuing him.


SEPTEMBER

Uncanny X-Force #31
• Final Execution, Chapter 7
Psylocke mentally tricks Mystique into revealing the Brotherhood’s plans for Evan. She also has a disagreement with Wolverine, regarding Daken.

X-Men #35
• Subterraneans, Chapter 2
Psylocke renders the cult's leader unconcious and her and Domino argue over whether the remaining DNA ought to be captured or destroyed.

Avengers vs. X-Men #11
• Round 11
Psylocke and the X-Men ask the Avengers for asylum, deciding that it was a mistake to stand by the Phoenix Five's side.


Uncanny X-Men #18
• The Toast
Psylocke is among the heroes trying to fight Cyclops gone Dark Phoenix.


X-Men #36
• Human Being, Chapter 1
Psylocke and the X-Men tracks down Gabriel, a 700 year old proto-mutant and start questioning him.


OCTOBER

Uncanny X-Force #32
• Final Execution, Chapter 8: Opposite of Progres
Psylocke reaches Deadpool telepathically, but Shadow King senses her and takes her to the astral plane.


AvX VS #6
• Spider-Woman vs. X-Women (Kinda)
Hawkeye dreams of Spider-Women fighting Psylocke, Storm and Emma Frost very erotically.


X-Men #37
• Human Being, Chapter 2
Psylocke tries to locate Pixie, who's gone missing with the proto-mutant Gabriel.


A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1
• Untitled
[X-BABIES] X-Baby Psylocke runs after A-Baby Quicksilver.



NOVEMBER

Uncanny X-Force #33
• Final Execution, Chapter 9: The Father Who Must Be Killed
Psylocke manages to overwhelm the Shadow King at the Astral Plane. Her hesitation to kill him gives the Shadow King the opportunity to shatter her psyche.

Uncanny X-Force #34
• Final Execution, Chapter 10: The Father Who Must Be Killed 
Psylocke uses Omega White's ability to eat psychic energy to imprison the Shadow King in his mind, stating that he'll be alive inside a spectral vegetable forever.

Ultimate Comics X-Men #19
• Reservation X, Chapter 1
[ULTIMATE] Psylocke turns out to be alive and now is one of the remaining 20 mutants of the world, being forced to live in a reservation for mutants.

DECEMBER

Ultimate Comics X-Men #20
• Reservation X, Chapter 2
[ULTIMATE] Psylocke allies herself with Mach Two and uses her powers to influence Rogue against Kitty Pryde.


Uncanny X-Force #35
• Rainbows, Puppy Dogs & Sunshine 
X-Force disbands and Psylocke is surprised to find out that Fantomex brains were cloned into three different bodies, being reunited with him.

10 comments:

FSaker said...

She really had a busy year in 2012, didn't she? Probably her best year ever (or at least her best year in a loooooooong time...)!

Too bad that in 2013, it looks like Psylocke will be confined to Uncanny X-Force (fortunately, it looks like this book will keep being great!)... On the other hand, Sam Humphries and Dennis Hopeless have hinted that a UXF/C&XF crossover may happen, and maybe she gets a cameo in a panel or two in the Age of Ultron event.

Chris said...

Yeah, we were so spoiled for a while, having UXF, X-Men and Uncanny X-Men double shipping for a while with Betsy in all three titles, now all we have is UXF.

As for 2012, I feel like while she had many appearances, she didn't have a really good character arc. She was mostly a supporting act. The interactions with the Extinction team (especially Magneto) and Wood's team were my favorite though.

Eduardo said...

More important than having showed in many issues, she was pretty relevant in most of them, which I surely prefer than mere cameos or when she does not even have a single line...
Her title probably will project in other titles too. We don't know yet if it is completely secret, but probably there will be a repercussion among the own X-Men to her expulsion from the school, mostly if Storm chooses openly to join her.
The X-Men are becoming progressively more divided. This will surely bring about other issues later.
I am wondering how could Wolverine, the most serial killer hero, judge her enough to take her out of the school...She had always been by her side, including in the blood-thirsty X-Force of his.

psy blast said...

Each year get's better and better for Besty.....keep it coming!

Tazirai said...

Agree with Chris. Hopefully 2013 will be a banner year for her, starting with that new suit of hers.

FSaker said...

One question, though: did Psylocke REALLY appear in Avengers vs. X-Men #10?? I mean, I remember seeing her face in the recap page (the one showing which characters will appear in the issue), but no actual appearance of hers in the issue itself. I don't remember that picture of Betsy next to Gambit and Magneto being present in AvX #10 (Gambit isn't even listed in the recap page for this issue)... and she only joined the battle against the Phoenix Five in AvX #11.

On the other hand, although Psylocke is not listed in AvX #12, her face appears in one of Captain America's files, where he was studying which X-Men he could recruit for a new team of Avengers (other X-Men also appeared in these files, such as Gambit, Iceman, Rogue, Storm, Kitty Pryde and Havok).

Chris said...

She appeared in AvX10 not in the main story, but in that Infity comic story stuff.

As for AVX12, it was just the screen. It doesn't really count for an actual appearance I guess.

Chris said...

Infinity*

FSaker said...

Oh, right, I forgot about the AvX:Infinite digital tie-ins... thanks, Chris!

Enny Giwa said...

It's been an awfully long year, and wow at how many substantial story-lines/events she's been through, well on the way to graceful recognition. Big thanks to Remender's Uncanny X-Force.

I hope David Lopez gets the opportunity to illustrate her again down the line, the scenes in which she first encountered the proto-mutant one on one from X-Men #31, and then that double-splash page from X-Men #33 were beautiful.

Favorite quote had to have been this - "Sad. Mad. Awed, scared, torn, important, insignificant...it's all valid, Pixie. Feel what you want to feel, we're all in the same boat here. But i'll say this...I'll never feel the way i used to, not ever again. Being a Mutant...it means something different now."