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Scientist: Young man... I'm afraid you've suffered some of the worst of what our... mighty little friend, the atom has to offer! It can power a city... or level it!! Human-insect mutation is far from an exact science. But there are some things we do know... You'll grow! (tsk tsk) Become bigger!
Dentist: I'm sorry, Bill!
And so, kids at home, remember, if you're looking to get radiation poisoning, and I cannot stress this enough, get it through the bite of an animal. Not a mister. It's the difference between amazing, crime-fighting abilities and massive organ failure.
These days they blame the atom for everything. Bad health, bad crops, bad weather. Now it's grasshoppers.—Soldier talking about giant grasshoppers in Beginning of the End.
That always pissed me off about Spider-Man. How Spider-Man got superpowers by being bitten by a radioactive spider. That is such bullshit. For starters, the odds of a random mutation being beneficial are astronomical, but more importantly, even if you did get one, you'd still have radiation poisoning!
The gamma laser toxic spill gave me powers. So I mostly fly around helping people understand what it's like to be dying of cancer.