The Pop Culture Playlist tells the story of a character through ten tracks. Music has the ability to touch people on the deepest level, and few superheroes have faced the kind of odds that Psylocke has. Betsy Braddock grew up in a wealthy family, but all the money in the world couldn’t protect her. Starting off as a damsel in distress, Psylocke evolved into one of the X-Men’s most skilled members. Her playlist features songs that mix angst and hope together. Continue reading “The Pop Culture Playlist: Psylocke”
It’s a common theme in comics for superhero teams to be linked together, with different members appearing on other squads. UK-based Excalibur started off as an offshoot of the X-Men, but eventually developed their own identity. The team was created by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis, first appearing in 1987 in the pages of Excalibur Special Edition. In the modern day, superheroes like Captain Britain, Black Knight and Pete Wisdom are associated with the team. But this wasn’t always the case.
As a proud Englishman, I enjoy reading about British characters who are well-written and complex. Psylocke fits that description as one of the most prominent British superheroes in mainstream comics. A member of the X-Men, Elizabeth Braddock is the twin sister of Captain Britain and one of the most powerful telekinetic users in the Marvel Universe. She was created by Chris Claremont and developed from a support character into a superhero with her own unique mythology.
When thinking of X-Men comics, there are several iconic stories that come to mind: The Dark Phoenix Saga, Days Of Future Past and X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills to name a few. One of the greatest X-Men runs in recent memory is Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, which consisted of Wolverine, Psylocke, Archangel, Deadpool and Fantomex using lethal force against mutant threats. I picked up the graphic novel that contained the Dark Angel Saga and it’s one of the most heart-wrenching stories I’ve ever read. There are so many themes to appreciate, including nature vs nurture and what it means to be a hero. Here is The Comic Vault’s review of the graphic novel.