Betsy Braddock reclaims Psylocke role once more (or does she?) in Hellion #11 first look

Hellions #11 cover
(Image credit: Stephen Segovia (Marvel Comics))

Psylocke's past is apparently coming back to haunt her as evidenced in the just-released cover for May's Hellions #11.

Hellions #10 cover (Image credit: Stephen Segovia (Marvel Comics))

While at first glance it might appear as if Betsy Braddock is once again taking over the Psylocke garb to attack the current Psylocke (Kwannon), there are hints around her eyes that point us down this more figurative route - even if these memories are being brought back to life.

"The HELLIONS are at the mercy of ARCADE as they face his new psychological MURDERWORLD," reads Marvel's synopsis for Hellions #11.

This Arcade-centric Hellions arc is slated to begin in March 3's Hellions #10.

A "new psychological MURDERWORLD" sounds like a ripe place for a villain such as Arcade to attack an enemy such as Psylocke/Kwannon given all she's gone through. 

Kwannon was originally an assassin based in Japan who, in the line of work, suffered a tragic fall leaving her brain-damaged and comatose. The Mandarin and the Hand decided to swap her mind with that of Betsy Braddock (without either of their permissions), hoping for an assassin with telepathic abilities. They get that, but Betsy (in Kwannon's body) rebelled and eventually rejoined the X-Men - while Kwannon (in Betsy's body) was left adrift in this new situation.

(Image credit: Stephen Segovia (Marvel Comics))

Eventually Betsy and Kwannon come to terms with the situation and switch bodies once again, with Betsy going off to become Captain Britain in the current Excalibur ongoing series and Kwannon (now operating as Psylocke) being a part of the Hellions book.

As for the eyes comment mentioned above, the markings in the Hellions #11 cover around Betsy/Psylocke's eyes are the distinctive handiwork of Mojo and her Body Shoppe - who did significant body-altering work to both Betsy AND Kwannon on separate occasions. For a time, Betsy's eyes were replaced with cybernetic implants that would secretly record video of her X-Men activities to be sent back to Mojo for prime reality-show-esque television inside MojoWorld.

And in fact, the name 'Psylocke' was one originally given to her by Mojo.

Zeb Wells and Stephen Segovia's Hellions #11 goes on sale this May. Look for Marvel's full May 2021 solicitations later this week on Newsarama.

You don't need bionic eyes to know what's going on with the X-Men - keep track of what's coming with our constantly-updated list of all the new X-Men comics, graphic novels, and collections coming in 2021 and beyond.

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)