1. Bones and Booth solve the crime with the help of a comic book, written by the victim.
2. The victim, physically ill, writes in the comic book of a super hero - the victim, except in the comic book he is a super hero.
3. Lots of the action takes place in the Karma Comic Book Store, on the top of floor of which are a group of role-playing heroes and villains.
4. We see a stylized version of the ending in a new or completed issue of the comic book.
Now both this episode of Bones, and Heroes, which debuted in September 2006, owe a lot to the X-Men and similar stories in comic books and movies. And Heroes, of course, is a vastly different story than "The Superhero in the Alley".
But I think "The Superhero in the Alley" on Bones should be recognized as an important television precursor of Heroes.
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