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. A few months later, the events of the Cataclysm occurred. In a last act of desperation as the energy from the cosmic cube pulsed towards them, Emma Frost hijacked Nolan's powers, using them to protect as many of the students as possible, as well as forcing an evolution/growth in his powers. The strain of this feat killed Frost, and left Nolan as well as the other survivors lost and with no one to lead them. Unsure of what to tell the scared children, being a child himself, he instructed them to follow one of his friends from the Institute who had shown some leadership qualities, Lio Heart. He then departed the Institute before its reconstruction, and went into the city, looking to cope with the vast growth in his powers and regain control. Soon after, he began to fight crime on his own, using the moniker he had chosen for himself when he became an X-Man, 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 welcome in her hero group she was leading, the Young Avengers. He gladly accepted, and still serves on the team today as Lieutenant.