September 18th, 2012


Yesyesyesyesyes…them boys will do us proud! Watch now as they lead us skipping merrily towards the churning, swirling waters of the River Styx…with the nudest podcast in comics, SILENCE!

Firstly Lactus has his guitar unsheathed and isn’t afraid to use it. Then it’s the SILENCE News (which is in all honesty an extended pimp session for Glyn Dillon’s Nao of Brown as well as a big-up of Brit comics hero Paul Gravett). THEN, the newly sponsored Beast and the always sponsored Lactus barge into the week’s comics like a couple of burly lady wrestlers.

And there’s a whole heap of comics to talk through too, like, oh let’s see…Rocketeer Cargo of Doom, the beautiful looking Winter Soldier, Saucer Country, Wolverine & The X-Men, Uncanny X-Force, AVX, AVX: Uncanny X-Men, Avengers Assemble, Shade, Incredible Hulk, The Creep, and Frankenstein Agent of SHADE.

Then there’s a special guest review of Batman #0 from friend of the show The Wange, and the SILENT Question is brought to you from Machine Man (and the answers involve Ultron, Herbie, Call Me Kennneth, GI Robot and the ABC muthafuckin Warriors).

Add in ANOTHER Dredd (3D) review from The Beast and a recommendation to listen to the Nerdist podcast with Henry Rollins and you have a truly revolutionary audio-visual-taste explosion in 4-D…it truly is SILENCE no.31 and you’re not.

SILENCE! is proudly sponsored by the two greatest comics shops on the planet, DAVE’S COMICS of Brighton and GOSH COMICS of London

click to download SILENCE!#30

26 Responses to “SILENCE! #31”

  1. Gary Lactus Says:

    Delighted to announce that we just got our first “1 star shit” review on iTunes. This is a happy day! Gosh bless you, Essential Dazzler, whoever you are!

  2. Adam Says:

    So what Dredd decisions didn’t you like then, Beast?

  3. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Hmmm, well just some inconsistencies in Dredd’s behaviour, some sloppy storytelling and plot stuff, and a general dissipation of narrative thrust.

    Also felt that the corrupt Judges were introduced too soon, before the Judges had been clearly established…like, the idea should be that nearly all Judges are incorruptible tough bastards and Dredd is there at the top of the pile. To the uniinitiated this film suggests the Judges might be as corrupt as everything else.

    But as i said the positives outweigh the negatives, and given the small budget it managed a whole heap in it’s running time that I dug. And I repeat, Urban = nailed it.

  4. Richard Baez Says:

    UNCANNY X-FORCE comes and goes. A good rule is pick up any collections w/ art by Jerome Opena – Remender seemingly comes alive with a great artist and those stories are splendid stuff. Otherwise, it sinks down to “this is alright.”

  5. Rom The Space Knight Says:

    Hello Boys ! Rom here !!

    Big fan of the show when I’m patrolling the galaxy and saving your planet from Dire Wraiths.

    Now as robot who’s not afraid to get in touch with his….well, you know…more human side ;-) LOL !! I wouldn’t want you to think I was getting all huffy and puffy about not being included in your favourite ‘bots of all time list :-0 BUT as the only robot to have ever held down his OWN successful Marvel comic ( that’s the real Marvel too and not that pretend U.K. one you used to have ) for 72 issues ( that’s right 72, even Watchmen only lasted for 12 ), I feel quite put out not to have been included.

    I mean the A.B.C. Warriors get in !!!??? Really ?? Can anyone tell me what ‘The Volgan War’ is actually about because even my Energy Analyzer can’t work it out !!? They’re so 1980′s too !! What next a Deaths Head revival, yes ? Well no actually, because no one bought your comic did they ! You didn’t even get a Secret Wars 2 cross over like me.

    Anyway must dash. I’ve got to save your planet from the forces of evil once more ( ‘thanks’ again for not remembering me guys).


    Your favourite Space Knight

  6. Paul Says:

    I’ve also had a renewed appreciation for good narration lately. It’s partly due to Brian Wood’s good narration in Conan, and partly due to re-reading some older comics where that was the norm. The “cinematic”, “no narration ever!” thing has always seemed artificial and throwing-out-the-baby-with-the-bathwater.

    The Wange’s contribution was entertaining, especially the aside about y’all always taking too long in the comic shop. Some of her observations were fan-like (the backup isn’t as good as the rest) and some were fresh (the violence escalating so quickly).

  7. Adam Says:

    Beast, re this:

    “Also felt that the corrupt Judges were introduced too soon, before the Judges had been clearly established…like, the idea should be that nearly all Judges are incorruptible tough bastards and Dredd is there at the top of the pile. To the uniinitiated this film suggests the Judges might be as corrupt as everything else.”

    Did you read my crit on the email or skip it? ’cause that’s pretty much exactly what I thought.

  8. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Skipped it, to avoid spoilers. Mind meld!

  9. tam Says:

    Haven’t listened to this episode yet, but henceforth I’ll make a point of walking that little extra distance and buying my comics and associated tat in Gosh! instead of Orbital…

  10. Gary Lactus Says:

    Or maybe walk that little bit more on top of that and come to Dave’s Comics of Brighton.

  11. Thrills Says:

    I walk from Edinburgh to Dave’s Comics every week just because of this podcast.

    I daren’t go in, though, in case the illusion Silence! has created is shattered.

  12. Gary Lactus Says:

    Just chuck some money through the door.

  13. igmus Says:

    Yeah, the Brubaker run on Captain America is definitely worth reading, especially the first 40 issues or so. In particular the second Omnibus-worth of stories (from the death of Steve Rogers through Bucky’s first storyline as Cap) were incredibly good. After that I think the quality of the run ebbed, and I eventually stopped reading it. But I’m sure in recent years there’ve been a few gems, and the Winter Soldier series is probably one of them. For whatever it’s worth, I don’t even like Captain America or Brubaker or spy comics all that much, but I can’t speak highly enough of the first 40 or so issues of that run.

    I’ve really enjoyed Uncanny X-Force overall. The first 20 issues or so were better than what’s come afterwards, but I’ve been happy enough paying $3.99 twice a month for this series. In particular the first two storylines/trades, with Opena and Ribic artwork, would be worth your while. I can’t imagine jumping into the book with the current issues and caring much about what’s happening, though. It HAS verged on spotty over the last year or so, but I still enjoy it well enough. It’s the only series besides Wolverine & The X-Men that I’d give Marvel $3.99 for.

    Oh! I should mention that while I’ve not yet checked out little Kiaren’s Uncanny X-Men, I did happen to catch Dr. Who this past weekend on BBC America. I could never really get into that show, but a friend of mine was there at the house and he kept directing my attention to the not uncomely redhead, and despite my protests otherwise he insisted that indeed “YES, this is Kiaren Gillaen!” I kept telling myself “But, Kiaren Gillaen is… a little boy”, and yet there on the screen was what appeared to be a not uncomely specimen of the fairer sex. I don’t really know what to think about this but I feel as if I’m the last to know. Suffice to say, it is clear that our Kiaren’s talents far exceed those of other little boys his age.

  14. 3===D Says:

    hey The Beast Must Die, was just wondering if you ever finished reading knightquest. the return of bats is the best part of the bane saga. the rocky like training for his return is hilariously awesome. really i just wanted to hear your take on batman 509 which is worth reading for the first few pages alone, when sensei fights shiva. feet clapping followed by epic pun on pages 2-3 stayed with me over the years more than anything in knightquest; that and brokenbats being chucked off a building. if you’ve given up the quest i fully understand but issue 509 is legend.

  15. J_Smitty_ Says:

    @Beast, Re: “…general dissipation of narrative thrust”

    They say that happens to everyone from time to time.

    Congrats on the sponsorship!

    Just throwing in my two cents I think my favorite robot may well be Robotman – as depicted in Robinson’s Golden Age. That thing was a right scary horror.

    There was a panel done in Paul Smith’s clean style (A really amazing blend of paint and classic comics design) that was nearly all silhouette. You could tell he was ripping guys – literally – limb from limb with his seemingly lame “go, go gadget arms.” Now, that was REALLY troubling for me in that “good comics” queasy way.

    Best to everyone, great listen as usual!

  16. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Oh god, I absolutely love Robinson & Smith’s Golden Age. Such an underrated book…one of the most interesting post-Watchmen books. Smith knocked it out of the park.

    I also dug the shit out of Leave it to Chance.

  17. bobsy Says:

    The full-issue mass bundle at the end of Golden Age is one of the most ultimate-perfect fightbooks ever.

  18. The Beast Must Die Says:

    The combination of nostalgic Golden Age fondness and Dark Age brutality is great, in a queasy way. Only someone with that much affection and fan knowledge could tear things apart so viciously. It’s well worth a excavation if you’re keening for your post-Miracleman super-fodder.

  19. tam Says:

    Ro-Jaws is my favorite robot by a mile and has been since i was a kid. You can’t go too far wrong with a robot who’s always cheerfully going on about class war and how much he loves eating raw sewage.
    Also I reread another Ro-busters story recently, (by Mills and Gibbons) about Charlie who saves the port town from destruction by Mek Quake and co for property developers. Pleasantly surprised to find it as moving and powerful as I did as a kid.

  20. The Beast Must Die Says:


    I have to confess my Knightquest has temporarily ground to a halt. I am a broken bat…

    Will check out the issue you talk about though.

    Tangent – Was discussing Norm Breyfogle (again) in the pub last night. When will DC realise that his art is the best Batwork of the last 25 yrs? If they’re putting out Aparo, Colan and Rogers artist editions the surely Breyfogle should get one too. He’s a dynamic stylist, but with an absolutely sure grasp of storytelling, and his stuff looks as thrilling to me now as it did when I first read it. He’s my quintessential Batman artist, and it’s time he got paid his dues.


  21. Zig Zag Zig Says:

    You guys ever take reading requests? Any of you Mindlessones ever talk about LONE WOLF AND CUB? And have you read any more PLUTO? What are your favourite comics? Can you talk about those?

    The weekly grind of mediocre spandex brands is starting to make you guys sound broken hearted. I still love the show, but it’s like you’re being ground in a mill!

    Please take better care of yourselves. There are people that care for you.


  22. amypoodle Says:

    Where was my visit?

    Fuck you, Wange!

  23. Gary Lactus Says:

    I have taken that on board, ZZZ. Perhaps, once my Man Versus Comics odyssey is over (basically when AVX finishes) then maybe we could do a no superhero week.

  24. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Eat shit Lactus. I’m going ro make you

  25. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Read superhero comics till they come out of your bum.

  26. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Wow. Drunk post

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