Real Name: William Hastings (see comments)

Identity/Class: Human magic user

Occupation: Opponent of the forces of the Darkhold

Group Membership: Former member of the Darkhold Redeemers

Affiliations: Ward of Vittorio Montesi;
Former apprentice to Modred the Mystic;
Former ally of the Blood and the Midnight Sons;

Enemies: Chthon, the Dwarf, the agents of Chthon (specifically Monstrosity and Spider-X), the Fallen, Lilith and the Lilin, and Zarathos

Known Relatives: Caprice Hastings (mother, deceased) and Louise Hastings (maternal grandmother, deceased)

Aliases: "Evil Eye"

Base of Operations: currently unknown, possibly the Vatican, Italy; formerly Louise Hastings' mansion, New Hope, Pennsylvania; formerly Los Angeles, California

First Appearance: Darkhold: Tales from the Book of Sins#9 (June, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Jinx has great natural magical potential, although at present he has only limited ability to access and control these powers. He has demonstrated minor illusion casting, conjuring, and chemical reactions. He could tap into the magic of a page of the Darkhold for greater feats, without immediately risking his own soul. He could serve as a channel to magnify the magical abilities of others if he wished. On one occasion he projected a beam of mystic force from his right eye.

Jinx has basic street-fighting skills. He has a large black birthmark over his right eye.

Height: 5'8"
Weight: 125 lbs.
Eyes: Brown (left), blue (right)
Hair: Black

Jinx is the grandson of Louise Hastings, an expert in the occult and a mystic of limited power. It is likely that her experiences in the mystic affected her lineage, although her daughter, Caprice, never demonstrated any mystical abilities. Jinx, however, proved able to access magic to perform small feats without any sort of training.

Jinx's mother was killed in a struggle over of the Darkhold pages, and he came to live with his mother, Louise. Almost instantly, he became caught up in a Darkhold plot to reassemble the pages. Sam Buchanon was an agent of the FBI and was convinced by his superior, DeGuzman, leader of a Darkholder sect, to betray and bring in the Darkhold Redeemers. Jinx followed Buchanon back to a base in the southwest, where he accessed the energy of a page of the Darkhold to disperse a group of guards and free Victoria Montesi.

An ally of the Darkhold Redeemers, Blade, was temporarily corrupted by a page of the Darkhold, becoming an incarnation of the Demogorge. Modred teleported Jinx back to New Hope to prevent him from being injured in the battle against the Demogorge.

Jinx accompanied the other Redeemers when they investigated Lt. Frank Walsh after he utilized the "Troid" spell of the Darkhold. Following this, Victoria Montesi accessed a page of the Darkhold to gain healing powers. This resulted in the summoning of the creature Monstrosity, which was drawn to follow Victoria and slaughter those it encountered. Jinx attempted to engage the Monstrosity, but was stabbed in the chest by it. He was mortally wounded, but Victoria appeared and used her magics to heal him instantly. It was at this time that Jinx began training as an apprentice to Modred, much to the consternation of the other Redeemers. Jinx demonstrated the ability to focus mystic energy from his right eye while directly participating in the struggle against Spider-X, another Darkhold page user.

Modred's training allowed Jinx to participate in the "Siege of Darkness", amplifying Modred's power to oppose the forces of the demon Lilith I. Internal strife and misunderstandings amongst the Midnight Sons did briefly turn Jinx against Modred, but they soon resolved this. Jinx accompanied the others to the jungles of Central America to locate the Blood member Truth-Sayer. They succeeded, although Truth-Sayer was incinerated by the Fallen member Metarchus. Following this, in order to protect him against the final battle against Lilith and Zarathos, Jinx was sent to the Vatican to remain under the care of Vittorio Montesi.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark listed Jinx's status as undetermined.

Comments: Created by Chris Cooper and Rurik Tyler.

Jinx is the type of character that should be sought out and trained by Dr. Strange or another sorcerer. I really can't see him sticking around for any length of time under Vittorio Montesi.

Jinx had the hots for Victoria Montesi. He was initially prejudiced against her after learning her sexual orientation, but he eventually overcame this.

Regarding Jinx named William Hastings, sharing his grandmother Louise's surname. I don't recall Jinx's surname ever being given in the comics, meaning it's a handbook addition that he's got the same surname. But Louise was married at least eight times, and Jinx's mother originated from marriage number three. We don't know if Hastings is her maiden name, or one of the various husband's surnames. Even assuming the former, it's then possible her daughter kept her father's surname, especially as she was estranged from her mother, and then there's the matter of the surname of Jinx's unseen father. What I'm trying to say is that it seems a bit of a leap to assume Jinx and Louise definitely shared the same surname.

Jinx has an entry in Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic.

Clarifications: Jinx has no connection to:

Jinx's mother, Caprice Hastings, has no connection to:

Darkhold: Tales from the Book of Sins#9-11 (June-August, 1993) - Chris Cooper (writer), Rurik Tyler (pencils), Bob Downs (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Midnight Sons Unlimited#2 (July, 1993) - Chris Cooper (writer), Dan Lawlis (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Darkhold: Tales from the Book of Sins#12 (September, 1993) - Chris Cooper (writer), Rurik Tyler (pencils), Bud LaRosa (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Midnight Sons Unlimited#3 (October, 1993) -

Story 3: Mort Todd (writer), John Czop (pencils), Mark Pennington (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Story 4: Mort Todd (writer), Ken Meyer Jr. (artist), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Story 5: Mort Todd (writer), Dougie Braithwaite & Vince Giarrano (pencils), Cam Smith & Vince Giarrano (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Darkhold: Tales from the Book of Sins#13-15 (October-December, 1993) - Chris Cooper (writer), Rurik Tyler (pencils), Bud LaRosa (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Darkhold#16 (January, 1994) - Chris Cooper (writer), Rurik Tyler (pencils), Bob Downs & Malcolm Jones III (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)

First Posted: 09/30/2001(?)
Last updated: 10/15/2020

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