Bones: Season 1, Episode 12

The Superhero in the Alley (8 Feb. 2006)

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Bones and Booth investigate a body found in an alley that is dressed in a costume. The case leads them to a missing teen involved in comic books and a role playing game.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jack Hodgins (as TJ Thyne)
Helen Granger
John Kelton
Stew Ellis
Abigail Zealey
Ted McGruder
Lucy McGruder
Suzette Craft ...
Kelly Meira


Bones happily postpones her stress research contribution to a 9,600 year old Chinese find to help Booth prevent embarrassment to the FBI after the discovery of a boy in rubber costume, despite maggot-consumption, found to be smashed to death before he was pushed from a roof to stage a suicide. He's identified as 17 year-old nerd Warren Granger, who had no social life except Yasutani the Terrible's loony 'clan' of comics superhero fans role-playing self-invented characters in costumes. Warren designed and drew his own superhero comic, in which he starred with fellow member Abigail Zealey alias 'Blue'; the director studies his psychology from the story-text. While 'research reading' introduces Zack to the fantasy world of comics, the sleuths examine the presumably fatal fantasies and teenage group dynamics... Written by KGF Vissers

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Citizen 14 comic is made by Warren and Ellis. This may be reference to comic book artist Warren Ellis. See more »


While describing a "typical" domestic disturbance call to Dr. Brennan, Special Agent Booth refers to "the calvary" arriving. He means cavalry. See more »


Zack Addy: [about the victim] Epiphyseal union with the diaphysis on the wrists, knees and ankles suggests the was between 14 and 18 years old. 1.6 meters tall, a very slight build suggesting that he was at the younger end of the scale.
Dr. Jack Hodgins: That tracks with the bag. The degraded cellulose we found is a graphic novel.
Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan: A what?
Dr. Jack Hodgins: It's a comic book.
Zack Addy: I never read comic books.
Dr. Jack Hodgins: Really? Oh, I had you pegged for a graphic novel nut.
Zack Addy: The face and cranial vault are badly fractured. Blows to the parietal have sent radiating...
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Bones:The Superhero in the Alley
22 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A teenager's corpse is found in a superhero costume(of his own making), soon discovered through forensic study by the Brennan and the Jeffersonian team that the kid was dying of leukemia and killed with a bevel knife, his spinal cord severed by someone much stronger than him. This teen, Kevin(known to his comic book fantasist pals as Citizen 13; an avid comic book collector and aficionado), had helped create his own comic book, drawn by the owner of a store(which distributes comics and graphic novels)he frequented. The book's story outline and characters could have details which lead Booth and Bones to his killer, concerning a muscular brute known as the Twisted and his horrible treatment of a damsel in distress, Opalescense. The investigation leads B & B to a bowling alley, possible domestic abuse, and a bone fragment from the person responsible for murdering Kevin. Beautifully realized story about the not-so-subtle links between the real and fantasy, printed on page by an artist or writer; not to mention, one's desire to be heroic while understanding his limited time remaining, the courage it would take and the willingness to confront an antagonist hurting another weaker than him. The episode also allows us to enter the world of a dying artist, while also seeing how some might take the comic book fantasy world a bit too seriously. I imagine this is a warm and loving shout-out to those who are active participants and customers at Comic-con.

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