Nolan was born and raised in Brooklyn,NY. He was always used to being the center of attention and a joker, until he discovered he was a mutant at 16, when he defended himself after he was jumped by bullies in his high school. Soon after, he became the target of many anti-mutant lynch mobs in based in Brooklyn. Getting angry for having his life threatened, Nolan lost control of his powers, nearly killing the entire mob. The next day, he left for the Xavier Institute, and began training to use his powers. After a few months of being unable to find the place, he began to fight crime freelance as a hero named Inertia. Before long, he met up with a villain who called himself Pestilence, and was nearly defeated by him when a girl came to his rescue, Carol Reed. She quickly explained after fighting alongside him,that he would be safe in the Xavier Institute and offered to take him there if he were to need it. He gladly accepted, and still studies at the institute today.