January 17th, 2017



RUFF! What’s that you say Lassie? Superman is stuck down the well? Then he isn’t Superman. Leave the jerry-curled impostor down there to rot.

It’s another guestilicious episode of the only podcast guaranteed to stem the endless tide of tears that is modern life…it’s SILENCE! featuring Gary Lactus, The Beast Must Die and Lord Nuneaton Savage. Comics discussion that bends reality into unsettling new shapes, then makes sweet, strange love to it. WHILE YOUR PARENTS ARE SLEEPING NEXT DOOR!

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<ITEM> Behold the hazy smear on reality that is the Reviewniverse and observe the 4-colour wonders that lie within… There’s some A+ grade chat about Hook Jaw, The Flintstones, Garth Ennis’ War Stories, Battle, Moto Crush, New Superman, Grave Lillies, Prison Pit, Rock Stars, Motro, Stray Bullets, Young Liars, Cage, The Fever Closing, and mo’ mo’ mo…


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9 Responses to “SILENCE! #209”

  1. Paul Jon Thrillin' Says:

    This was a good episode, I liked it.

    Deffo agree about Green Room – that first half hour is the best portrayal of being in a band I’ve seen on telly/film. Bands in comics etc often feel exactly as you say: Driveshaftian power fantasies by frustrated musicians that over-romanticise ‘classic rock’, but then also make them fight a space dinosaur or something RaNdOmmM like that.

    PS The sharks in Viz have an even better name than ‘The Crap Sharks’. They are called ‘The Pathetic Sharks’. Always makes me laaaaugh.

  2. Cass Says:

    I’m surprised by Gary’s Stray Bullets grousing. I thought this was the best Amy Racecar issue yet. Mini Monster or whatever he’s called is a real delight. The art on this issue also seemed really polished and strong, more than usual even. The panel of Li’l B asking “Does it fly?” melted away all the ice on my heart.

    I think I was the first person on mindlessones to complain about the unending nature of Sunshine and Roses, way back around issue 10. But I guess I’m glad he’s putting out good regular work doing what he wants to do. I kind of doubt that it’s building to anything (or rather that Lapham has anything specific in mind). Like I don’t think Stray Bullets #1 will ever be fully “explained,” despite Joey’s increased presence in the title, but when the stories satisfy on an issue to issue basis – as I think they have – it doesn’t really have to.

    I just hope we see Ginny again before the series ends. It’s too horrible to leave her where she was in her last appearance.

  3. Gary Lactus Says:

    Oh, I still think Stray Bullets in all its’ forms is the very best at winning at being good. I probably didn’t make that clear. I still enjoyed the issue but the main story is so meaty and satisfying I was looking forward to another portion. I wasn’t quite ready for this dessert.

  4. Maid of Nails Says:

    So glad TBMD has discovered the joy (?) of Ennis’ War Stories. What is this glorious place where you can get big old chunks of war story for 50p?!

    I’m writing about Ballad of the D-Day Dodgers from Vol. 1 at the moment, and I keep having to stop because it’s so incredibly human and therefore super sad. Smith just wanted to look out for his friend :_ /

  5. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Yeah, they’re so human. Compassionate without ever lapsing into sentimentality.

    ‘Nightingale’ plays out like some tragic folk song… just devastating.

    Helps that they’re drawn by some of the all time greats too.

    (Hope you like our suggested title btw…?)

  6. Maid of Nails Says:

    It’s excellent! I’m definitely using and citing it at some point in the book, because it’s too descriptive for me not to.

  7. Tam Says:

    Ennis and Ezquerra’s ‘Condors’ story about the Spanish Civil War is incredible and up there in my top ten best ever comics.
    Oddly, as you say, it’s actually quite flawed in some ways due to being a bit overly schematic, (although it’d make a good radio play come to think of it) but the power and anger of the story, what’s probably Ezquerra’s best ever art and the evocative colouring make it a stunning read. Although it’s pretty bleak so probably best avoided for the time being if you have the understandable need for some escapism from the daily news

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