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Havok finds himself in a world of darkness. No, not the game.
Mutant X was a comic book associated with the X-Men universe and its related characters. It began in 1998 and was written by Howard Mackie. After 32 issues and three annuals, it ended in 2001.

The plot centers around Havok (Alex Summers) of the main Marvel Universe (Earth-616), though it takes place on the alternate Earth-1298. The story begins when the mainstream Havok is supposedly killed by an explosion while, at the same time, the Havok of Earth-1298 is seemingly killed by a Sentinel. Mainstream Havok finds his way into the body of his counterpart, and awakens in a world that is both familiar and alien. The story primarily focuses on Havok and his team of mutant heroes, the Six, and their efforts to stop world ending threat after world ending threat.

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  • Alternate Universe: The story take place in a world similar to the main Marvel Universe, though with certain events having turned out differently. It's officially designated Earth-1298 of the Marvel Multiverse.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Elektra and Scotty Summers. She's a highly trained assassin and he's a mutant with intense psychic powers.
  • Big Bad: For the first story arc, the Goblyn Queen. Later Dracula, the Beyonder, and the Goblyn Force all have a turn.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Happens between Havok and Elektra when he reveals that he's gained feelings for her.
  • Big Good: Magneto and the X-Men are played up at this in the early parts of the story. Havok later takes on the role when he saves the universe from the Beyonder and the Goblyn Force.
  • Body Horror: Apparent with The Fallen. Once blonde haired, blue eyed, angelic Warren Worthington he was later changed by Apocalypse to have claws, leathery bat wings, flame breath, crimson eyes, and chalk white skin.
  • Cassandra Truth: Mentioned almost by name when a character comments that no one will believe Scotty Summers, despite him having precognitive powers.
  • Claustrophobia: Averted with Storm, as she mentions she has not feared enclosed spaces since becoming a vampire.
  • Dark Age of Supernames: The title was published in the tail end of the decade, and its story happens in a darker and edgier world:
    • Bloodstorm - weather-manipulating heroine Storm is bitten by Dracula and becomes a vampire.
    • The Fallen - Warren Worthington was both Angel and Archangel in the main reality. Here, he becomes a demon under Apocalypse's influence.
  • Darker and Edgier: The world that mainstream!Havok finds himself in is generally darker than the main one, with mutant hatred at an all time high, constant world ending threats occurring, and everyone acting in a generally amoral manner.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Scotty is named after his late uncle Scott.
  • Deal with the Devil: Maddie apparently made this during this universe's version of the "Inferno" story line to unlock her telekinetic powers to save her son. It ended with her possessed by the Goblyn Queen. Gambit also made this with Storm to save his family, and became a vampire in the process.
  • Dumb Muscle: Henry McCoy became this after transforming into the Brute.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The Fallen does this when he turns on the rest of the Six to work for the Goblyn Queen. Possibly averted altogether when it was revealed that he was working for Apocalypse from the start.
  • For Want Of A Nail: Evident in Storm's case. Rather than saving her from Dracula as in the main universe, this Storm was turned into a vampire and became Bloodstorm. Similarly, Scott disappeared at the same time as his and Havok's parents, leaving Havok to essentially take up his role in the X-Men.
  • Handicapped Badass: The Brute is very strong and tough, but unlike his Earth-616 counterpart Beast, he has the mind of a child and difficulty in remembering even simple tasks such as answering a video call.
  • Having a Blast: Gambit’s powers are unchanged here.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Maddie Summers is the Jekyll, a hero and a loving mother, while the Goblyn Queen is the Hyde as an evil force bent on destruction.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: The Fallen aka Warren Worthington. Even when he's heroic he's rude to his teammates and has a generally creepy vibe.
  • Killed Off for Real: Happens to a large number of characters including all of the X-Men and Captain America.
  • Mama Bear: Maddie Summers, even in her Goblyn Queen persona, as seen when she nearly killed The Fallen for attacking him.
  • Mercy Kill: Havok had to do this to Captain America after the latter suffered a Super-Power Meltdown.
  • Mythology Gag: Bloodstorm fights Dagger in the Morlock Tunnels to save the life of Gambit, much like the mainstream Storm fought Callisto in the Morlock Tunnels to save Angel.
  • Papa Wolf: Though he is technically not his actual father, Mainstream!Havok becomes this to Scotty Summers, the son of his alternate reality counterpart. Gambit is also this to his daughter, Raven.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Bloodstorm's eyes are constantly red as a result of her vampire nature, and people tend to run away when she gets dangerous.
  • Sad Clown: Ice-Man is this by his own admission, making jokes to hide the pain of not being able to touch others without killing them.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: The Goblyn Queen is this for Maddie Summers.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: During a fight between the Six and the Avengers, the second Captain America loses control of his powers and causes mass destruction. If it hadn’t been for Havok stepping in to perform a Mercy Kill, he would have killed everyone.
  • Super Team: The series mainly focuses on the mutant team The Six, though the roster changes somewhat as the book goes on. Other major teams include the Avengers that are led by the Black Widow and the X-Men led by Magneto.
  • The Voiceless: Rogue of the X-Men, as noted by Havok. It's implied she doesn't speak because of the chaos going on her mind after having absorbed both Ms. Marvel and Colossus permanently.
    • Mystique never speaks during the entire series.