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Hiro purchases Ultimate X-Men, Issue #96, written by Aron Coleite.

First reference: Genesis
"X-Men" on Wikipedia

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.



Hiro explains his ability to bend space and time. Ando asks him where he learned all this, and Hiro replies, "X-Men, #143, when Kitty Pryde time travels..."


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.

The Hard Part

Mr. Claremont runs Jittetsu Arms. The character is named for Chris Claremont, the comic book writer responsible for Uncanny X-Men, Days of Future Past, and many other graphic novels.

It's Coming

Sam's Comics in Tokyo sells issues of X-Men.

The Eclipse, Part 1

Sam's Comics in Lawrence sells issues of Ultimate X-Men.

The Eclipse, Part 2

When Hiro buys every back issue of 9th Wonders! from Sam's Comics, he throws in a copy of Ultimate X-Men, Issue #96, written by Aron Coleite. Additionally, the store has issues of Phoenix on display.

Building 26

Sam's Comics in Costa Verde sells issues of Wolverine and X-Men.

Graphic Novel:The Swimmer

Sam's Comics in Costa Verde, CA sells issues of X-Men and Wolverine.

Shades of Gray

The Costa Verde branch of Sam's Comics sells The X-Men vs. the Avengers, Issue #2.

I Am Sylar

Danko's team searches through Micah's belongings, including a Wolverine comic book.

Upon This Rock

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."

Graphic Novel:The Trip, Part 1

Hiro, still addled with a scrambled brain, imagines he sees what looks like Angel from X-Men. Later, he vows to conquer whomever it was who kidnapped a maiden, even if it was Magneto.

Graphic Novel:Reaching Out, Part 1

Tracy Strauss and Eli open a specials training facility and home in Savannah, GA similar to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.

June 13th, Part One

A reporter at the Odessa Unity Summit is named Jean-Paul Beaubier. This is the same name as one of the X-Men, Northstar.

Heroes Evolutions


  • 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).


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