May 13th, 2013




Why are you always picking on me Mother-Brain, when I have been a good little Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735..? I haven’t mind-flayed any fleshy ones, and I have been thinking good thoughts 010001001011010010…

Onwards, forwards and inwards to innards listening ones, as you take a big breath of  SILENCE! into your virgin pink lungs and…

<ITEM>Sponsorhip Boys, Sponsorship Boys…plus the jangle of jingles and other etceteras.

<ITEM> SILENCE News with US news-trolls Gary Lactenberg & Danny Beastman, covering the next 12 months of eyeball-scintillating DC Comics!

<ITEM> Me, Julio Gary & The Beast down by the schoolyard, reviewing comics! Actually it’s the Reviewniverse: They don’t review Prophet, but do it in a kind way. But then they DO review Avengers Assemble: Age Of Ultron (from Affable Al Ewing), Avengers Arena, Justice League of America, Suicide Squad, Wolverine (Smug Cover Alert), Batman, Uber, Katana, Thor: God Of Thunder, Avenging Spiderman, Uncanny Avengers and 2000AD.

<ITEM> Jason’s Challenge is Infinity…will Gary be man enough?

<ITEM> An all singing review of Walking Dead

<ITEM> Savoy Books curio Michael Moorcock’s The Jewel In The Skull in The Beast’s Bargain Basement.

And that is the very lot you sorry bunch of cry babies. Go back to your mudhuts and scrabble for grubs.

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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.

18 Responses to “SILENCE! #62”

  1. Matthew Craig Says:

    Hahahaha, on this, the tenth anniversary of my last haircut, I must thank you DESPITE HAVING PAID for my song. Especially because it used my full name, which always sounds weird to me. Also, kudos for not rhyming it with “vague!” I’m always being confused with my cousin from Deva City, of course, although not by anyone with money, eyes or access to a tailor.

    Tom Ewing has annotated the Ultron comic over at freakytrigger dot co dot uk. The name “Computer Graham” is my fave.

    It was Constantine’s sixtieth/eternally twenty-ninth birthday on Friday! Hardly anybody remembered! I done him a cake: twitpic dot com/cpi5if

    My favourite bookshop find – apart from the two copies of A Small Killing I bought in Dave’s Bookshop back in ’03 for £1 – was in an antiquarian bookshop in Shrewbury. Labyrinthine and precarious, this four-floor Escher sketch was full past bursting of ancient tomes, from the terrifying Animal Kwackers annual of 1977 to eight books on Zebras, probably. I managed to nab two graphic novels from the same era as A Small Killing, both adaptations of operas: Oscar Wilde’s Salomé and The Flying Dutchman (a graphic libretto, more than a novel). Not bad for 70p.

    My favourite London bookshop was just past the Cutty Sark, sixteen years ago, in or above a decommissioned petrol station. I bought Neal Adams’ X-Men Visionaries there, then forgot to get off the Tube, riding the DLR two complete times in blissful mutant oblivion before arriving an hour late for lunch.

    (and now I’m looking up Alexei Sayle/Oscar Zarate’s Geoffrey the Tube Train and the Fat Comedian and Lenny Henry/Steve Parkhouse’s The Quest For the Big Woof on eBay. *harrhumph*)


  2. Thrills Says:

    That Panel Borders Hellblazer podcast is ace. I especially enjoyed how keen they were to stop Constantine always drinking Guinness, after Ennis’ run. Milligan sounds a bit like Joe Strummer, and he’s incredibly endearing.

    I’ve yet to pick up any Avengers Arena (trade waiting etc), but I did read the ‘Legion of Monsters’ miniseries by Dennis Hopeless, with art by Juan Doe, and, y’know, it was good, disposable fun starring Morbius and Jack Russell etc? I’d agree that Hopeless is a ‘writer to watch!!!’


    Aww fuck, I’m going to have to buy that Batman: Gotham After Midnight thingy. Looks lurid.

  3. Ricardo Baptista Says:

    Dial H is being canceled by DC. Another battle lost.

  4. The Beast Must Die Says:


  5. Thrills Says:

    I’ve been grimly resigned to its cancellation since issue 1, a fact which is depressing in itself. I just hope it gets to wrap the story up in a somewhat satisfactory manner?

  6. Gary Lactus Says:


  7. bobsy Says:

    More soundalikes:

    David Lloyd: Facejacker
    Jamie Delano: Alan Moore

  8. Tam Says:

    Have a soft spot for that Jewel in the Skull book despite the un-comic like captions. My dad had a copy and we named our pet doberman Hawkmoon after it. It seemed sort of apt because, like most dobermans, he had little half moons above his eyes.

    In hindsight it was even more apt because like his namesake, he was also a fearless warrior (he liked humans but hated ALL other dogs) who got into many a fight although, thinking about it, he did seem to lose most of them. Oh well…

    Al Ewing on Captain Britain sounds really really great! I’m definitely going to be getting that. I don’t always like everything I’ve read by him but I can see he’d be an absolutely perfect fit for the character and I’m sure he’d be able to recapture what made Alan Moore’s run great and adding some of the fun and energy that makes Zombo such entertaining fun.

    I’m also dreading the return of Sinister Dexter to 2000 AD although have to say I really like Cliff Robinson’s cover to this week’s prog…

  9. Tam Says:

    Also forgot to add, I really enjoyed your plug for the Notting Hill Comics exchange. I’ve been going there for years, but had sort of taken for granted how wonderful it is until you pointed it out.

    Come to think of it, it’s probably my favourite second hand bookshop in London (with Skoob in Euston, which also has a nice graphic novel collection and loads of great genre fiction, a close second). It has a great eccentric ambience, there are always interesting conversations to eavesdrop on and I always find an interesting bargain there.

    Also, if anyone plans to visit in the near future, I strongly recommend cycling there because there are loads of road works around Notting Hill at the moment. This will allow you the cheap thrill of being able to effortlessly glide past all the irate motorists stuck in gridlocked traffic their expensive porches, ferraris and all the other sorts of expensive car so common in that part of London. Don’t forget to give them a nice cheery wave as you leave them behind!

  10. Julian Says:

    The McGuffin is a reference to Batman Beyond! Come on guys you really didn’t catch that?? Loving the podcast though! You’re back on your A Game yew yew

  11. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Oh fuck me, you’re right. That’s actually quite cool really. Incidentally I notice there’s a Batman Beyond collection out with Norm Breyfogle art – is that comic any good?

  12. Tim B. Says:

    Was not expecting talk about James Cawthorn’s Jewel In The Skull adaptation. It was my first introduction to Moorcock and for near enough thirty years I thought I was the only person to have read it.

    The Dial H news is sad but expected. Would be nice to see Mieville work on a longer OGN that he owns.

  13. Gary Lactus Says:

    I did actually recognise the Batman Beyond suit but it made no difference to the fact that it was a pretty weak way of getting out of a trash compactor.

  14. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Whatever, stop trying to look clever.

  15. Gary Lactus Says:


  16. Eyemelt Says:

    When I first arrived in Merrie Olde London Town, I discovered that people don’t queue for the bus here. The second thing I discovered was the rather awesome Notting Hill Book Exchange. Ridiculously full of gems, and every time I was in there, there would be some colourful character coming in to try and flog some crap, taking it personally when offered £2 for a pile of tatty airport novels. I’ve found some amazing stuff in there, and if the prices are (occasionally) too high, just take a pile of tat in to swap. All those boring books you had for uni- swap em for COMICS! YAY!

  17. Illusionator Says:

    Very, very, very belated thanks for the jingle for Mrs Illusionator (who “owns” our PayPal). She goes by Beth and hates any other derivation of Elizabeth, so the post song bit worked a charm in terms of dander provocation.

    I now know her as “Bert”, and she has started calling herself “Warderella”. Very nice bit of business :)

  18. Jamie Mitra Says:

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