I confess Doug/Betsy was always just a little TOO weird for me (Kitty and Doug forever! Or possibly Tarot and Doug, had that gone anywhere, as it has in a couple of really excelletn fanfics).
Doug's reaction to Betsy is obvious, he's a walking pile of teenage hormones with self image problems, and she's a supermodel who thinks he's cute. The fact he's capable of standing upright in front of her without a well placed desk between them is a remarkable testament to his self control. Her attraction to him just isn't quite right, for all the same reasons. I'm rather glad it never went anywhere.
So many great moments in this. The bit (not shown) where Doug admits to "Sunspot"'s body that had never really gotten on was a nice bit of honesty.
I love that Doug's reaction to Betsy's predicament, despite what she's done, is "poor lady", Wolverine this kid ain't.
Love the merging sequence, and Doug's reaction to it, and I think this issue was the start of Warlock referring to Doug (and only Doug) as "selfsoulfriend" rather than "selfriend", but he'd earned that I think.
The whole mindscape sequence is goregous, from Douglock ripping off the false face Spiral had given him (Again, sorry not shown), to Betsy's psychic form at the end.
"In a psychic environment, strength is a function of will and determination" is just an awesome line and so worthy of Doug and Warlock!
I wish though, that Betsy HAD removed her eyes, it made no sense at all that she would keep them (still less that she wouldn't tell anyone other than Doug and Warlock), and a telepath who can see through the eyes of others would have been an interesting twist.
Brian hugging Doug at the end SHOULD be slightly slashy, but it's so clearly an English-public schoolboy fraternal-style hug that it's not. The fact that it looks like it would take about six Doug's to equal one Brian in terms of bodymass is also cute, though considering he's got a bruised chest from his earlier punch I can imagine that Doug would be nursing some seriously squeezed ribs for a while
Ah... just such a great issue! Thanks for posting!