Hiro purchases Ultimate X-Men, Issue #96, written by Aron Coleite.
X-Men is a fictional group of individuals with superpowers. The team is often referenced on Heroes.
The X-Men were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and first appeared in Marvel Comics's The X-Men, Issue #1, in September 1963. Among others, the team includes Professor X, Cyclops, Phoenix, Wolverine, Shadowcat, Rogue, and Magneto. Each member is a "mutant" who possesses an ability. Together (and sometimes viewed as a sort of family), the X-Men fight issues ranging from mutant criminals to galactic threats.
Nathan says that, if given the chance, he would round up people with abilities and stick them in a lab on some island in the middle of the ocean. In the Marvel Universe (and especially in X-Men comics and on Fantastic Four issue, Genosha is a small island nation off the coast of Africa where citizens are required to undergo genetic testing.
Hiro, whose "fanboy brain" has been "stirred up" by Damian, tells Kimiko and Ando that they must prepare for their quest in the danger room. Ando explains, "That's where the X-men train. Part of X-mansion."
- In a blog entry, Hiro dreams about picking up a copy of X-Men so he can meet Stan Lee or Tim Sale.
- Hiro blogs that Charlie corrected him on his Kitty Pryde reference. The post's title is "Kitty Pride" [sic].
- In Hiro's Blog 1784.0, Hiro says, "To fly like Superman, to heal like Wolverine, to be strong like the Hulk. Who would have thought all my dreams would come true." This is most likely an allusion to the abilities of Nathan, Claire and Niki, respectively.
- A crossword puzzle clue on Hiro's blog reads "Kitty family"; the answer is "Prydes".
- Hiro calls his father's store room his "Danger Room" in several posts on A Hero's Quest, and in accompanying text and email messages.
- Hiro is actually wrong about his Kitty Pryde reference. Kitty Pryde's time traveling story actually occurs in X-Men #141-142. However, Hiro did note this error in his blog, stating that Charlie corrected him. However, he misspells Kitty's last name as "Pride" while doing so. These mistakes could have been avoided if the reference originally written were used instead: in the script for the unaired pilot, Hiro says he learned about time travel from "X-Men, issue 117, when Wolverine breaks into Professor Xavier's lair".
- Many people have compared the powers of Heroes with those of the X-Men. For instance, Claire and Wolverine both regenerate, D.L. and Kitty Pryde both phase, Matt and Professor X are both telepaths, Peter and Rogue both mimic others' powers, and Sylar and Jean Grey are both telekinetic. There are, however, vast and notable differences between the levels, limits, and capabilities of these powers.
- Peter's apartment number is 1407. This is confirmed as an homage to 1407 Graymalkin Lane, the address of Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters from X-Men.
- In a Behind the Eclipse segment, writers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite confirmed that Nathan's comment about sticking evolved humans in a lab on "some island in the middle of the ocean" is a reference to the X-Men island Genosha.
- Heroes graphic novel crew who frequently work under X-Men titles are: Joe Casey, Edgar Delgado, Tom Grummett, Richard Isanove, Jim Lee, Dan Panosian, Alex Ross, Duncan Rouleau, Chris Sotomayor, and John Starr.
- Other Heroes graphic novel crew who worked under X-Men titles are:
- Robert Atkins (New X-Men: Academy X)
- Brian Buccellato (New X-Men)
- Dennis Calero (X-Factor, X-Men: Noir, Wolverine: Doom Bringer)
- Aron Eli Coleite (Ultimate Fantastic Four/Ultimate X-Men Annual, Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate X-Men/Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual)
- Chris Cross (X-Men Unlimited)
- Antonio Fabela (Ultimate Fantastic Four/Ultimate X-Men Annual, The Uncanny X-Men, X-Men)
- Gene Ha (X-Men, X-Men: Book of Askani, X-Men: The End: Book 3: Men & X-Men)
- Phil Jimenez (New X-Men, X-Men: Liberators)
- Staz Johnson (Civil War: X-Men, New X-Men, X-Men Unlimited)
- Joe Kelly (Magneto: Rogue Nation, The Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, X-Men: Zero Tolerance)
- J.T. Krul (X-Men Unlimited)
- Alitha Martinez (X-Men: Black Sun)
- Eric Nguyen (X-Men: First Class)
- Joe Pokaski (Ultimate Fantastic Four/Ultimate X-Men Annual, Ultimate X-Men/Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual)
- John Roshell (Sentry/X-Men, Wolverine: The Origin)
- Tim Sale (The Uncanny X-Men, X-Men: Unlimited, X-Men: Dawn of the Age of Apocalypse, X-Men: The Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic, X-Men 2099, X-Men Firsts)
- Steven T. Seagle (The Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, X-Men: Zero Tolerance)
- Beth Sotelo (Essential X-Men, New X-Men)
- Peter Steigerwald (The Uncanny X-Men, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine: Origins)
- Dave Stewart (Ultimate X-Men, X-Men Unlimited)
- David Wohl (Wolverine/Witchblade, Ballistic/Wolverine)
- The following Heroes alumni have worked on the X-Men films: Ray Park played "Toad" in X-Men; Dania Ramirez played "Callisto" in X-Men: The Last Stand; and James Dever was a military technical advisor in X-Men: First Class and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (in which he also acted). Milo Ventimiglia voiced the X-Men character "Wolverine" ("Logan") in several television series. He also did the voice for a playable character in the video game X-Men: Destiny. Dan Panosian created all the art for the comics seem on-screen in the film Logan. Jeph Loeb produced G4's animated series X-Men and Astonishing X-Men. Of course, Stan Lee created the X-Men universe, and was involved in the creation of the film adaptations (including acting cameos).
Sam's Comics sells Phoenix, and others.
Sam's at Costa Verde has issues of X-Men and Wolverine on sale.
...and Verine (a variant of Wolverine).
- X-Men on Wikipedia
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