Your 1st point makes the character inconsistent.
InsipidLust wrote: ↑
21 Oct 2020, 17:10
1. Betsy leaning into the use of just one of her powers at a time is very consistent with the character. When she was last resurrected prior to this, it was established that the power of one ability wanes when she uses the other and vise versa. This limitation is arguably one of the things that strikes a difference between a multi-tool psychic like Betsy and one like Jean (the latter can access both of her abilities without either waning, if I remember correctly).
2. Betsy’s butterfly effect has appeared in this book in various forms several times throughout the tenure of this book. That doesn’t really qualify as trying to get rid of it. I remember reading this same complaint a couple of issues ago while staring directly at a psychic butterfly manifestation on the pages of this very book.
3. Jean Grey mentioned that she had eidetic memory as a side effect of her telepathy during Lodbell’s run. Perhaps Uncanny X-Men #344. I’ll look up the story to confirm but I can’t remember if Jean said this was true of most telepaths or if she was simply referring to herself. In any case, telepathy rules seem to change in these books all the time.
4. I’ve brought this up many times (to the profound irritation of some of my peers I imagine) but I get the feeling that the current crop of X-Writers in general are leaning away from portraying so many characters as all-powerful one-person, world-breaking, mountain shattering armies in favor of portrayals that reduce the need for readers to wonder why the characters don’t simply shatter whatever happens to be the threat of the day like a mountain. We are, thus, a long way from Claremont’s 2000s era Mary Suing of Betsy and thank heavens for that.
That is not how Remender or Brisson/Rosenberg have written Betsy previously to DoX/Excalibur.
In fact, X-men Disassembled depicted a very skilled, powerful and resourceful Psylocke, no matter if she is not an omega telepath (like Jean) or omega telekinetic (like Exodus).
Being powerful and keeping all her traits didn't make her Phoenix or world-breaking/mountain shattering then, so it shouldn't now.
Also, It was clear that Betsy, either because of the infamous power swap with Jean or either she lacked any formal training in the use of her telekinesis, had a lot of raw power but no finesse.
Claremont really made a number about this and how he wrote her not only in Uncanny or in Exiles but as soon as Betsy came back during the Swords of the Braddocks/Sisterhood she was back into more normal power levels.
From then writers established Betsy as both telekinetic and telepath but specializing her fighting style mixing martial arts and telekinetic/psionic weapons that could be lethal or simply duplicate her psychic knife.
She had been pretty consistent since Utopia till she was killed off in Death of Wolverine.
Her last resurrection brought back her old body but also some other tricks she had not used that often for some time like tricking enemies into attacking each others, her psychic knife or variations (katana/sword), a new tk shield that probably helped her to focus her tk differently to how other telekinetics do (see Jean, Exodus...) and pretty much all of her repertoire.
It was noted that she stopped using martial arts per se and started using a different approach in fights but as I said in earlier posts it could be easily explained as this new body is not as "sharp" and skilled as her asian body (well, kwannon's body) and lacks of any muscular memory yet it shouldn't be any issue if she kept training regularly.
Martial arts is not all about hitting but about using your foes' strenght against themselves and dodge/block their attacks, so no matter if she is not at her 100% she should be bloody dangerous.
After reading your answers to this concrete subject, are we then happy to accept she has forgotten any martial arts and skills she did have prior to her resurrection?
Because Betsy using new tricks or weapons shouldn't mean she forget any previous powers and skills she had.
It's like Kitty, I am happy when they remember she is a ninja and doesn't really need her powers to be badass.
Your second point is right
, I would have to read again the previous 12 issues but i think she stopped using the recognizable butterfly effect since issue 8, she does display some kind of psychic particles but its by no means her butterfly signature effect.
Point 3 is right but I think I have read it somewhere else, I wish @Monolith could help us in this matter.
But it is absolutely true that things tend to change so whatever is cannon today might not be the same in 5 years so...
And I already answered to point 4
. We don't need to revisit Claremont's last run, if you just compare this Betsy to Disassembled Betsy you can already notice some key differences in such a short period of time.
Also, becoming CB is not exactly like she was now pyrokinetic or a teleporter... using the amulet of right immediately granted her with Brian's powers, why should Betsy be less strong or invulnerable than Brian when he was CB?
The main adjustment for Betsy should be that she doesn't need her tk to enhance her strenght as she should be able to grab a tree and use it as a dart effortlessly and her tk shield should just be another layer of protection.
I have been saying it since it happened, becoming CB should be a power upgrade making Betsy a powerhouse keeping her brother powers plus all her psychic might.
Jordan White compared it to Carol Danvers becoming Captain Marvel but Carol is as strong as ever and that is not exactly what we have seen so far.
Now that the amulet of right is destroyed and she has the Starlight sword... we will have to wait and see.