Exploding Man (painting)
|Exploding Man (painting)|
Isaac Mendez painted a foreboding image of an exploding humanoid figure.
|First mentioned:||Seven Minutes to Midnight|
|Current status:||in Isaac's apartment|
The Exploding Man, Burning Man, Energy Man, or Human Torch is a painting by Isaac Mendez. It depicts Peter Petrelli in the process of exploding. However, had Future Hiro not have warned Peter about Sylar going after the cheerleader, Sylar would have regenerated after Hiro had stabbed him at Kirby Plaza, thus being the one depicted in the painting. (String Theory)
At Primatech Paper Co., Mr. Bennet examines Isaac's latest painting. The painting depicts a humanoid figure who appears to be burning or exploding. Mr. Bennet is not pleased--he was hoping for a prophecy about his daughter.
Outside the Odessa Police Department, Peter Petrelli has a vision of a practically deserted Times Square. Peter sees himself glowing and grimacing in pain or frustration, as if he were about to explode. After the vision, he turns to his brother and says the explosion is "all my fault".
At Isaac's apartment, Nathan sees the painting and notes that the figure resembles a bomb. Nathan tells Isaac that Peter believes he's the cause of the explosion, but Nathan doesn't believe that all the paintings could be connected. Later, Nathan and Hiro examine the painting. Nathan asks Hiro whether he believes a human being could actually cause an explosion. Hiro theorizes that if the two of them have powers, the exploding man may likewise has powers. Hiro is determined to stop the villain.
- The filename for the painting as it appeared as an Easter Egg in Fathers & Daughters was Energy Man.
- The title page of the second set of graphic novels prominently features an artistic rendition of Peter as the Exploding Man.
"How do you stop an exploding man?'
"There has to be some way. If I don't, New York explodes. Okay? I explode."
"An exploding man, where'd you get that idea?"
"What did he want?"
"What do you think? He's still trying to stop an exploding man."
"I explode. I see it. I wipe out this whole city. You, Nathan, everyone."
"Yeah. Like a nuclear bomb."
- In a forum post and interview, Tim Sale said that when it came time to create the image of the exploding man, he was given very little information--just that "it’s a figure and he’s kind of gesturing and shooting stuff out of his hands, but we can’t know who it is." Tim's goal was to produce "something comic-booky with the energy bolts and stuff, and Kirby krackle." When he worked on the image in charcoal, and the black and white image was not exactly what he was expecting. Tim credits Dave Stewart's coloring for giving the painting its dramatic impact.
Isaac's finished painting depicts an exploding figure.
...but Nathan arrives and the two apparently explode in the sky.
- For other uses of Exploding Man, see Exploding Man (disambig).
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9th Wonders! (gallery) • Exploding Man • Hiro and the Dinosaur • Homecoming Series • Invisibility Series • Isaac Dead Series • Isaac's sketchbooks • The missing painting • Mona Lisa • Series of eight • Uluru • World Splitting in Half
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