September 16th, 2013


Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 enters the arena.

Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 is experimenting with minimalism. Has been shopping at virtu-Ikea, reading Raymond Carver and listening to Basic Channel. Minimal. Haiku. Unclutter your life, unclutter your mind.

Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 is much calmer now. Inside Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735′s mind is an empty room. With a picture of a cow on the wall.

<ITEM> A reunitification of sorts as Gary Lactus & The Beast Must Die once again share the same aural space.

<ITEM> Sponsorship chattle and prattle. Anti-advertising. Well done.

<ITEM> Let’s move together in a crab-like fashion into The Reviewniverse. Much talk of comics, including Villain’s Month, Batman: Black & White, Prophet, Mighty Avengers, Astro City, Avengers Arena, Walking Dead, God Is Dead, X-Men: Battle of the Atom, Captain America, Lose, and The Best of Milligan & McCarthy.

See. Minimal. Calm. A boat gently rocks on a still glassy sea.

But a storm is brewing fleshlings.

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15 Responses to “SILENCE!#76”

  1. Mart Says:

    Thanks for another fun podcast. All the best for the wedding, but shouldn’t the honeymoon be in the Blue Area?

  2. Gary Lactus Says:

    They don’t want The Watcher hanging around like a spare gonad.

  3. Matthew Craig Says:

    Bon podde. Good to see Lando Decadence get some wider attention. Brando(seewhatmedothere)’s a great curator of diverse comics talent.

    Despite all my crowing, I still haven’t gotten near a copy of MillMcCarth. One of my many comics regrets is not buying Revolver when I had the chance for Rogan Gosh alone. I wish I could go back in time and tell young Craigy to buy as many of these fine oul’ organs as his pocket money could stretch to, but I was too consumed by my Bacchanalian drives and also I had Brass Ensemble on a Monday.

    I mean, I probably should have been buying Bacchus as well, but I didn’t start going to comic shops until I was sixteen. Man, that was a weak-at-the-knees moment.

    Last week, I read Final Crisis, which was all right, but trod too much familiar ground to be impactful, and Scarlet Spider, which was really quite unexpectedly good. The character has an ostensibly irredeemable past, into which the creators steer hard. And it seems to work! And is funny! Who’d'a believed it?!

    I also nabbed a few issues of Kelly Sue DeConnick, Dexter Soy et al.‘s Captain Marvel, and while I nearly threw my computer out the window, desk and all, when I reached the name “Bijoux Kawasaki” (erk), I thought it was fun, and I look forward to picking up more from the binary back issue bin later.

    Good luck on Saturday, Beastie! Hope you have a great day for it! Enjoy the honeymoon as well: hope you don’t get Beastnapped to the future for some nightmarish dystopian adventure!


  4. Tam Says:

    Gah! The Milligan / McCarthy thing doesn’t contain the whole of Sooner or Later? That’s a shocking missed opportunity! Haven’t seen it for years, but I have very fond memories of it. I’d love to reread Sooner or Later and the equally silly sequel Swifty’s Return (which was drawn by Jamie Hewlett). Actually come to think of it, I wish 2000 AD would publish a collection of all Milligan’s 2000 AD stories, he did loads of fun stuff : Freaks, The Dead, Bix Barton, etc…

  5. Thrills Says:

    It seems like it’s not got all of Paradax, as well (not totally 100% on that as I’m not sure how much Paradax there actually was).

    Still a great collection, but. Smells ace.

  6. Julian Frundt Says:

    Congrats to Beauty and The Beast!

    Have you guys seen the “script” that’s published in the second Prophet trade? It’s pretty cool. Graham does these ms paint thumbnails of each page. The artist then draws it and then Graham writes the final script. Kind of like some sort of warped version of the Marvel method.

    Re having powers with no hero costume; IIRC there was some sort of Marvel attempt at a super hero who was a fireman but who knows what became of that!

  7. Matthew Craig Says:

    That sounds like Ash, which was Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti’s breakthrough, or even breakthru, indy superhero comic. That’s what got them Marvel Knights, which led in turn to Joe-In-Chief and Jimmy DC, etc., etc..

    Funnily enough, the original Scarlet Spider suit – the one with the avant-garde hoodie and the ankle pouches full of Murray Mints – almost in hindsight seems to link the Paradax/Zenith-style not-quite-superhero costumes of the Eighties with the modern blue filter TV aesthetic. Well, not really, but kind of.

    What’s the minimum, though? Bike leathers and Oakley shades? A yellow T-shirt? I’d be happy with just a good oul’-fashioned chest emblem. Anything to offset the, uh, cultural cringe.


  8. Julian Frundt Says:

    I’m not sure but I can say that I preferred the old Scarlet Spider costume. I like when I feel like I might bump into my heroes at a Slayer show.

    Will give Ash a spin some time…

  9. Figserello Says:

    Actually, if I can be excused an anorak moment, it was Spider-man who turned up at Doctor Octopus’ wedding – to Aunt May.

    Enjoy the marital celebrations Beastie. Wishing you 8 arms to hold you, … to continue the arachnoidal-octopoidal wedding references in a slightly off-putting manner… :-S

    Regarding Hickman, I just fall asleep even thinking about any Marvel comic by him, largely based on what I’ve heard here, and especially when I hear numerical references to the length of the stories he writes for them. Obviously squeezing a few second-hand ideas into ridiculous years-long snooze-fests is the name of the game with corporate comics.

    His creator-owned stuff is another story though. Red Wing is a compressed four-issue jewel of a comic. He does have trouble with human warmth perhaps, but the plotting and kind of daring way he approaches the sci-fi elements of it are admirable and you realise at the end of it that he’s hid the human stuff in there too. Beautiful art, fine comic.

    Nightly News tackles stuff about the workings of our own society – very relevant, close to the bone stuff – that corporate comics wouldn’t touch, but it’s in a sensationalised OTT way.

    Pax Romana is a fine alternate history time travel story. Some big ideas beautifully dramatised. HIckman drew the latter two here. Don’t know if you’ve read any of the above, but I’d reccomend them to anyone whilst still being reluctant to touch his corporate stuff.

    Funny how Marvel Comics does not seem to be the place for sharp, focused, Indie Hickman.

    I got all of the above in a comixology sale – once I got one, I rushed to get the others before the sale ended. Because the layouts in his own stuff is very detailed and text-heavy, and because the art in the Red Wing is miiighty purtty, I’d reccomend getting the dead tree editions of them all…

  10. Thrills Says:

    I read ‘Red Mass for Mars’ by Hickman, a creator-owned future superhero sci-fi thingy, and it was just entirely dull and forgettable. Maybe it’s just the superhero stuff in general he’s not so great at?

  11. jameswheeler Says:

    Hickman’s God is Dead co-writer got on my permanent blacklist when he devil’s advocated a Daily Mail article about how Muslim shopkeepers are the Real Oppressors. Turdman.

  12. Thrills Says:

    Oh dear. That is very turdy, indeed.

  13. Illogical Volume Says:

    I do not like it when a Turdman, but they do have some nice jackets in there, so…

  14. jameswheeler Says:

    It was probably 3+ years ago on the Bendis boards and he was directly arguing with me so I’m probably being dreadfully unfair &caveat &equivocate &c

    One time I bought a Turdman jumper and 200 yards down the road saw someone else wearing it how Turdbarrassing

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