March 18th, 2013




Yeah, umm… yeah, no…  Yeah, sorry it looks like Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 isn’t working.  Sorry, Gary Lactus here.  Right.  This is SILENCE!#53… No 54.  SILENCE!#54.  Me and Beast read some comics and talked about them.  Get excited!  Woooo!  Cor!  I’m waving my arms around merrily!  What a lovely time we’re all about to have as we listen.

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

21 Responses to “SILENCE! #54”

  1. Thrills Says:

    Robin Deadbreast. Fnaaar.

  2. J_Smitty Says:

    While I believe Lactenberg would gladly welcome the rule of our new Ultron overlords I feel with all my heart Danny Beastman is prepping Molotov cocktails as we “speak.”

  3. The Beast Must Die Says:

    A nice thought. Truth is, Beastman would probably end up drinking the contents then setting himself on fire by mistake.

  4. Eyemelt Says:

    More crying superheroes. And laughing superheroes. There’s a Neal Adams Batman story somewhere, where he’s laughing all over the page in that exaggerated Adams style and it’s pretty terrifying.

    That story ‘The kid who collected Spider-Man’ where Pete is crying was pretty heart-wrenching. Perhaps a new regular feature for your radio show could feature a half-hour segment describing a back issue you have found with a crying superhero. That would be just brilliant.

  5. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Yeah, laughing superheroes is pretty unmapped territory for the show. There’s something very threatening about men in spandex laughing heartily, especially if that’s coupled with casual violence.

    Miller & Lee’s recent Batman did lots of laughing, usually while he was electrocuting people and breaking their jaws.

    I imagine Hawkman probably does lots of laughing too.

  6. Tam Says:

    You seem to have accidentally uploaded your utterly shambolic rehearsal for Silence! instead of the actual show itself, you cretins.
    I suspect it’s no coincidence that Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 ‘isn’t working’ after it had to endure that farrago…

    Avengers Arena sounds great and I’m definitely going to read that. I think I’ve mentioned it before but the original novel of Battle Royale is the most insanely entertaining piece of pulp fiction ever, even if you’ve already seen the film

  7. Thrills Says:

    Yeah, I’d second the recommendation for the Battle Royale novel. It’s pretty ridiculous, and the 400-odd pages good-bad prose zip by. BABY WE WERE BORN TO RUUUUUN.

    I’m cautiously interested in Avengers Arena, now. I’m going to look up the cast, see what D-listers are in it. I’m sure there’ll be someone I have ludicrous affection for…

  8. The Beast Must Die Says:

    It’s really a very well done piece of exploitation. It
    captures the angst and interpersonal relationshizzle that characterise so much of the Marvel Universe, whilst still being a zippy, brutal little action comic. It’s definitely a grower too.

  9. Eyemelt Says:

    Avengers Arena has a bunch of characters who I’d have thought were from Runaways or X-Gang or something, but I think most of them were actually created for the series. Good stuff, other than presuming one of the survivors will surely be X-23?

    On the subject of teens in comics, I recently found some old issues of Marvel’s Wolfpack, a cross somewhere between The Wire, TMNT and The Cosby Show. Crack is Wack! I like the fact that the dude in the wheelchair is nicknamed ‘Wheels’.

  10. Gary Lactus Says:

    Yeah, sorry about the fuckup with the recording. In the actual proper version which didn’t record I made a hilarious comparison between Mylo Xyloto and Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You. Alas it’s lost forever.

  11. Brian Azzarello Says:

    So you don’t like wordless comics? I’m surprised. I thought of all people, you two would love… silence.

  12. igmus Says:

    Azz has got you there, guys!

  13. Gary Lactus Says:

    Why I oughta…

  14. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Oh Azz, why do you PUNish us so?

    Get it?
    Do you get it?

    DO YOU GET IT?????

  15. Leandro M. Duarte Says:

    Whenever a new issue of Avengers Arena arrives, it’s always the comic I’m more excited to read. And that can be counted as a success in my book.

    It is exploitation, yes, but really well done, with great character moments. Like the best of blaxploitation and kungfuxploitation movies and comics of the past.

    I just hope they manage to keep Kev Walker around for the duration of the series.

  16. Gary Lactus Says:

    I think there’s already been fill in issues, or at least one. Reckon there’ll be a couple more but I don’t mind on throwaway fun like this.

  17. Leandro M. Duarte Says:

    I don’t mind the fill in issues, as long as Kev draws the majority of installments – it seems I’ve become spoiled for his art.

    Apparently, Riccardo Burchielli from Vertigo’s DMZ and who recently drew the #0 issue of Dial H will be drawing a couple of issues next.

    Also, is everything alright with Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 yet? Hope it hasn’t pemanently joined the legions of Ultron, or else you guys should start fearing for your lifes, lest you be stabbed in the back by a scimitar or something. As in a DC comic.

  18. Gary Lactus Says:

    I’m sure he’s fine. Why do you care? Wasn’t my informative and charismatic write up for this episode better than some stupid machine?

  19. Thrills Says:

    I think I’ll wait on the trades for Avengers Arena. The Battle Royale setup’s a good ‘un, and I actually quite like that they straight-up acknowledged it with that first cover. I also like that it seems like a comic with a beginning, middle and end. BUT SURELY NICO FROM RUNAWAYS WON’T DIE?!?! And, as mentioned, X-23, as she’s in Marvel Vs Capcom 3 and I can’t imagine Marvel killing off a character they are trying to establish in other mediums?

    Dennis Hopeless, though, is that an odd pseudonym like ‘Matt Fraction’ suggesting he’s some kind of Warren Ellis character, or is it just a genuinely good real name?

  20. Gary Lactus Says:

    Pretty sure it’s a pseudonym like Matt Fraction or Barry Numbers.

  21. Matthew Craig Says:

    If nominative determinism were a thing, [redacted] would be a baker.

    I occasionally think about using a pseudonym – CSA allus efter me, ken? (obviously not) – like “Matt Anglo,” or something. Y’know, if I was ever to write MarvelMan. Maybe a different one for each character: “Matt Ditko,” “Matt Shuster,” “Matt Neary, Marks & Frank.”


    I mean, it’d be commercial suicide, but it’s a nice way to waste five minutes.


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