Teenagerdom is rough on everyone. Kids can be downright brutal to one another, and young Modok was especially prone to teasing at school. He was big, awkward, had acne and braces--with head gear! His poor eyesight and unseemly glasses didn't help things.
His classmates called him all sorts of names that he pretended not to hear: "Brace Face," "Metal Mouth," "Burger Head," and "Freak."
But Modok did hear, and the hot, angry tears he cried at night made him vow that one day, things would be different.