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By Byron Brewer
I confess, the Earth mutant Jamie Braddock – elder brother of Captain Britain Brian Braddock and twin sister Elizabeth, aka Psylocke – has always been a mystery to me. An excellent fate weaver, he has been involved in escapades important enough to draw the in-person attention of the Watcher. Yet for all his reality warping power, this son of Britain– as Mayberry Deputy Barney Fife used to say of Ernest T. Bass – “is a nut!”
Treatments rendered unto Jamie by his tormentor, Doctor Crocodile -- really Joshua Ndingi, an African scientist who wanted to punish him for earlier committed crimes -- turned Jamie insane. Jamie now believed that the world around him was just a dream that he was having and his reality-warping powers awoke. Sat-Yr-9, in the stolen identity of Courtney Ross, had the Technet hired to free Jamie. She knew of Jamie's powers from her own world and the Technet freed him. Crocodile then revealed Jamie's crimes to the Technet as well and they turned on Jamie, but he defeated them and erased their memories of these events. Jamie turned Doctor Crocodile into a real baby crocodile and left with Sat-Yr-9. Jamie was taken to his home of Braddock Manor and used his reality warping powers to change things back to the way they were in his youth; he even resurrected the housekeeper, Emma Collins.
Sat-Yr-9 used Jamie's reality warping powers to turn the London criminal Vixen into a fox (some imagination, this Sat-Yr-9, eh?). Moments afterward, he turned her assistant Nigel Frobisher (who had also been sent by Sat-Yr-9 to hire the Technet to free him in the first place) into a duplicate of Vixen. While Frobisher had wanted to take over Vixen's criminal empire and had told Jamie as much, this was not how he had hoped to do so. After Frobisher got over the initial awkwardness of his situation, he and Jamie used their newly acquired resources to ambush Excalibur. During this, Jamie Braddock killed Alysande Stuart. Jamie was defeated when his brother Brian's (Captain Britain) girlfriend Meggan proved able to resist his powers and his sister, Elizabeth (Psylocke), used her telepathic knife to knock him out. Sat-Yr-9 managed to take Jamie's unconscious body with her and they escaped. Jamie would stay in a coma for years, apparently abandoned by Sat-Yr-9 and taken to Muir Isle off the coast of Scotland for treatment.
Jamie was briefly seen in Uncanny X-Men #462-465 in a four-part tie-in story of House of M, in which Mad Jim Jaspers, another reality warper, also mysteriously reappeared. In Uncanny X-Men #472, Jamie reveals that he was the one who resurrected Elizabeth, and also made her immune to the powers of reality warpers like Proteus and the Shadow King. The Watcher also reveals that he is present, thereby implying that something of a cosmic significance is about to happen. Jamie talked about a cosmic threat, now known as the Foursaken. Jamie was kidnapped through a mysterious portal and when the X-Men followed, all of them were captured (minus Psylocke, who was invisible to the Foursaken thanks to Jamie's alterations). At the last minute, he felt that he could not sacrifice Psylocke as a pawn. He instead sacrificed himself to save the universe from the First Fallen, the Foursaken's master.
Jamie later appeared briefly on Captain Britain and MI: 13, helping Brian find his way through an illusion created by the hell lord, Plokta. Whether this was the real Jamie, part of the illusion or a coping mechanism of Brian’s is unknown.
Jamie, insane or not, worked particularly well in battle with the cosmic Foursaken. It would be great to see him weave his web against some cosmic heavy-hitters among the stars – like, say, the Impossible Man!