February 26th, 2013



Here he comes to save the day, Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 is on his waaaaaaaaay!

I’m here now flesh ones. What is the problem? Oh that’s right – there was no SILENCE! last week. Boo hoo. Many fleshy tears were shed. Weeping meatsacks. Well rejoice sad misery-beef as The Beast Must Die and Gary Lactus bring you special comics suppositories for your earholes!

<ITEM> The SILENCE! News with Gary Lactenberg of the stretched handbag leather skin, dazzling smile and shark-eyes, and Danny Beastman of the cigar ravaged voice and rheumy whisky-rinsed gutter eyes. Hot newzzz indeed.

<ITEM> The Reviewniverse opens it’s gaping maw and sucks the pair deep into it’s 4-colour belly pit. And swilling around in it’s intestinal inks are…Hellblazer (the final issue no less), Justice League of America, Vibe, Katana, Nova, Sadow: Year One, Judge Dredd, Superior Spiderman, Daredevil, Captain America, Daredevil, Fatale, Powers, Avengers, Justice League, Change, Batman and Michel Fiffe’s deeply wonderful action comic COPRA!

So you see, it’s not so bad. Life continues fleshy ones. And remember, even when SILENCE isn’t here Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 is here. And he can see through walls. And skin.

click to download SILENCE!#51

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




13 Responses to “SILENCE! #51”

  1. Thrills Says:

    Another neato podcast!

    Skipped the Hellblazer bit, as for some reason I’m choosing to wait for the trade which, given DC’s TPB release schedules, I’ll maybe get to read in two years.


    I agree wholeheartedly about ‘Change’ – it’s a great, interesting read, and though I’m not entirely sure of the entirety of what’s going on, I can definitely feeeel the potent atmosphere? It’s a genuine pleasure to read, and the colouring plays a bigger part in that than it does in most comics. Good stuff.

    Yours sincerely,

    Podcast Listener #12

  2. ED-209 Says:

    I thought the end of Hellblazer could also be read as the syringe gun fired the soul of John Constantine into the DC52ness and what we saw left in the boozer in Liverpool was what DC are going to be sweeping out of the character, the grimy fag stained alcoholic englishness. She blew the better part of him into a mainstream American narrative where he won’t speak with a proper english accent or use bollocks and wanker in the correct contexts again. They’ll put him on the wagon, they’ll wash his coat, they’ll make him use nicotine patches! A fate worse than Hell for poor ol’ JC.

  3. Gary Lactus Says:

    Yeah, I like that reading.

  4. Aaron Says:

    Does The Beast really have a beard? He doesn’t sound like he has a beard. I need closure on this.

  5. The Beast Must Die Says:

    There is beard.

  6. The Beast Must Die Says:

    We’re not talking Brian Blessed though.

  7. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Yo Thrills – what did you make of 7 miles a second? And the Action Special for that matter?

  8. Thrills Says:

    Just finished 7 Miles a Second, and the sheer illustrative joy of it (especially towards the end) leaves me gasping with awe, just as the visceral rage and sadness of the prose makes me want to cry, then punch the tears back into my stupid eyeballs.

    It’s a dead good comic, basically.

    Action Special was a good laugh, a pure Thrillpowered time capsule that’s gloriously disposable pop but will actually live on in my disgusting nerdo collection as an Ace Comics Artifact. Plus, y’know, it’s got Shaky Kane, John Smith and a McCarthy cover, so I really have no complaints.

    ta for the recommendations!

  9. Tam Says:

    Really enjoyed the sexy and much needed rebooting of TBMD, the old one had become a bit dreary but I’m really digging the new TBMD! It’s like someone went through all his classic old appearances, worked out what it was that made them so great and captured that essence in the exciting new iteration which is bound to appeal to a whole new generation of comic obsessed middle aged comic readers!

    Katana’s an interesting character in theory. I really like her practical, not very sexy costume design but I’ve never really read any remotely interesting stories and this latest one doesn’t sound any different unfortunately…

  10. Tom Murphy Says:

    I tweeted Mr Beast about this but thought I might as well add it here: thanks a lot for the tip about Michel Fiffe’s Copra. Luckily, the day after listening to #51 I found myself dropping into the Nobrow shop in London’s fashionable East London, and Copra #1-3 winked at me from a shelf! I managed to get the last copy of #2, and I think there were one each left of #1 and #3, if anyone’s passing.

    I’ve only whizzed through the first two ishes, but it’s very pleasing stuff – especially some of the things he does with his colour separations etc. I’m thinking of a contrived way I can call what he does ‘barefoot comics’ (having been impressed by Sally Potter talking about ‘barefoot filmmaking’ at a Q&A a while ago).

    I also like his note about ‘breaking the Kirby barrier’ with regard to moving forward with the work and not going back to constantly rework it etc.

    (While I was there I also happened to meet Joe Kessler, creator of Windowpane, which I think you might have mentioned a while ago. A very nice chap, who signed and sketched in a copy for me.)

    BTW, sorry if this is bad form, but I made a few notes on 7 Miles a Second here.

  11. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Not bad form at all Tom. I look forward to reading that. I’ve just started with Woznarowicz’s ‘Close to the Knives’and I’ve got to say it’s just as powerful.

    So glad you enjoyed Copra too – it’s got a genuine giddy thrill to it, it really has the feel of that first immersion into action comics when you’re a kid. Seeing Fiffe apply deconstructed, experimental storytelling methods to a meticulously conceived fight sequence is a joy. It’s also satisfyingly free of any faux-naivety, hip cynicism or preciousness which hampers a lot of the so-called ‘new action’ stuff I’ve read.

  12. Eyemelt Says:

    The best part about Superior Spider-Man was all the people who said Dan Slott should die before they’d even read it. I wonder how many of those crybabies were stood in line at LSCC waiting for his autograph?

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