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Psylocke, the X-Men's resident purple-haired, telepathic martial artist, has been through a lot this year. Betsy Braddock is the only person who remembers that Professor X, her old mentor, has seemingly been resurrected in the body of Fantomex, her ex-boyfriend in Astonishing X-Men.
When tracking down a lead on another late teammate during the Hunt for Wolverine, Psylocke was attacked by Sapphire Styx, an immortal energy-absorbing vampire. By the end of that adventure, Betsy found herself in a completely new body for the second time in her life.
While Psylocke used her mutant abilities to create a telekinetic katana or psionic knife that represented the "focused totality of her psychic powers" for years, Psylocke has a new pair of telepathic weapons that draw on her complex history in Uncanny X-Men #1.
When dozens of Multiple Man duplicates start attacking a political rally, the X-Men start trying to hold back their former teammate. After Angel abandons Betsy and flies off to parts unknown, Psylocke brandishes two new telekinetic weapons, a shield and a European-style long-bladed sword.
While this might seem unremarkable at first glance, her weapons mark a logical endpoint to a convoluted character evolution that's been going on for decades.
When Psylocke was created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe in 1976's Captain Britain #8, Betsy was a Caucasian model from a wealthy family who played a supporting role in the adventures of her brother, Captain Britain. When she joined the X-Men in the 1980s, Psylocke's telepathic mutant powers manifested as a pink psychic butterfly around her face and the occasional "psycho-blast" to knock out an enemy.
After serving on an X-Men team that was based in Australia, Betsy led the team the Siege Perilous, a magic portal that scattered the team across the globe. Betsy ended up on an island near China, where she was discovered by the ninjas of the Hand and their leader, Matsu'o Tsurayaba.
In one of the X-Men's most controversial storylines, Matsuo put Betsy's mind into the body of the assassin Kwannon, his comatose Japanese girlfriend. After briefly serving the Hand, Betsy joined Wolverine and Jubilee for a series of adventures where she got to use her newfound martial arts skills and her famous psychic knife.