I want to take some time today to talk about one of my favorite characters: Alex Summers, A.K.A. Havok. Why do I love this guy so much? I don’t know, exactly.
I’m just sort of fascinated with his character development, I guess. See, occasionally, I think we get into this thing where people aren’t quite sure what kinds of stories/traits should be used to define a character. So they end up trying a lot of different things to give that character some unique or individual flair. I think this has been done to varying degrees of success or (wild) failure with Havok.
I mean, X-Men is notorious for this kind of stuff--with so many mutants running around, sooner or later people just start slamming them into movies or new comics or whatever and put whatever spin on the character they like. Wasn’t Psylocke a villain in X-3 or something like that? Weird. By the way, in case you don’t know who this guy is (and shame on you if you don’t) Alex is Scott ‘Cyclops' Summers' little brother.
Here’s a few things about him worth knowing: Alex is like a walking power battery. He’s constantly storing energy in his body that needs to be released sooner or later (usually resulting in him blowing something the *%$ up). The thing is, Alex isn’t storing electricity or even radiation. Alex’s body is constantly storing ‘Cosmic Energy’.
For those of you playing at home, that’s the insanely potent stuff that turned Reed Richards and his family into the Fantastic Four.
Needless to say, Alex is a dangerous mutant. With a lot of help from Charles Xavier and others, Alex has been able to better control his powers. Another weird little note? Due to some sort of genetic fluke, Alex and his big brother, Scott, are completely immune to each other’s powers. So they could sit around blasting each other all day and neither of them would feel a thing. Weird, right?
OKAY that’s his powers. But who IS Alex Summers? What makes him tick?
Over the years, we’ve gotten a lot of different takes on his personality. I present for you: Alex’s greatest hits and my thoughts on what has gone right or wrong with this guy…