This week’s pick for #SuperheroSaturdays is our favorite psychic ninja, MARVEL COMICS PSYLOCKE. Image is by Von Randal.
Psylocke is the master of the “psychic knife”, and one of the most popular characters in Marvel Comics. She has telepathic and telekinetic powers. Additionally, she is a master martial artist. Created by Chris Claremont; she originally appeared in December, 1976 as Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock in Captain Britain #18. Still, she reached the pinnacle of her popularity in the ’90s as both an opponent and member of the X-Men.
Psylocke’s story is adventurous and thrilling. She was blinded and nearly killed as an agent of the PSI Division of S.T.R.I.K.E (the British equivalent to S.H.I.E.L.D). Kidnapped and brainwashed by Mojo; she became “Psylocke”, the star of Wildways. She was rescued by the New Mutants, and became a member of X-Men Blue Team. After an epic X-Men mission, she ended up alone in China with amnesia. While in China, Spiral swapped Psylocke’s mind with the Japanese assassin Kwannon. This is where she took the role of the psychic ninja assassin, Lady Mandarin. Wolverine found Betsy, and helped restore her memories. Back again as Psylocke, she went on to have many more missions with the X-Men, the Exhiles, and X-Force.
Fun fact: Though, Marvel Comics Psylocke is one of the most popular members of the X-Men and video games, she has not been in many of the movie adaptations. She was barely recognizable in the first movie version of Psylocke, (X-Men: The Last Stand). Moreover, she was a late add-on for X-Men: Apocalypse. This is surprisingly unusual, as Marvel Comics fans would certainly appreciate some additional appearances of the insanely beautiful psychic ninja assassin.